One of the most frequently asked question is ” What is competitive” (or select/premier/elite/club) soccer and how is it different than recreational soccer?
There is NO SELECTION/TRYOUT process. Skill evaluations may be held to form teams in a fair and balanced method. All players who register are assigned to a team as long as space is available on team rosters. There is usually a one time registration fee. Players benefit from the opportunity for social interaction with other players their own age and physical fitness aspect of the game while also developing better soccer skills. All games are usually held at the same, location during the weekends and lasts anywhere from 6-8 weeks. Typically, coaches are volunteers.
Tryouts are held to identify players on the basis of talent and ability. Selected competitive players and families makes a commitment to their team for one seasonal year (August 1st – July 31st). Teams qualify for competition based on performance in the previous season or by their performance in the District Qualification Tournament held during the Summer. Teams play a district-wide schedule which requires travel and commitment. The seasonal year is divided into a Fall season and Spring season with half of the games in a home field, and the other half away in the opponent’s.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT FOR MY CHILD AND MY FAMILY?
Before commiting to a competitive soccer team, you should evaluate several things about your child and your lifestyle:
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the financial commitment of the club fees and travel expenses for a seasonal year?
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to two practices per week during the season.
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment to getting my child to games on the weekend, even out of town games which could require extensive travel?
-Am I, the parent, willing to allow my child to play some games on Sunday or even during a weeknight in the event of a reschedule?
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to play-off games if their team advances requiring additional travel expenses?
-Does my child have time in their schedule? Can he/she balance school, homework, school sports, and/or other extra curricular activities to commit to a competitive team?
-Does my child want to play soccer competitively for a year rather than only 6-8 weeks as in recreational program?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then COMPETITIVE SOCCER is right for you!!!