Commitment and Benefits of Competitive Soccer
As the spring season is coming to an end, parents and players may be considering making a change from recreational soccer to competitive soccer. This article is to help provide information on what you can expect from competitive soccer, called the Select Program, at Skyline Soccer.
There is often a theory that you can only play competitive if you’re “good enough” and that only “bad players” play recreational soccer. This theory is not completely true. Yes, players tryout to make a competitive team so there is a threshold of playing ability, but, equally as important, there must also be the commitment level from the family.
Commitment lies in four areas.
- Financial – the fees are much higher. At Skyline, we’re proud to be a low-cost provider of competitive soccer in Denver. Click here for 2014/2015 pricing. Fees do not include costs of tournaments and cost of uniforms.
- Games – teams play 9 league games per season plus one tournament per season. Games may include travel outside of Denver metro area including games in Steamboat, Colorado Spring, and Ft. Collins. Select teams typically play tournaments over Memorial Day weekend in the spring.
- Practice – teams practice three times per week. Two team practices and one night of Age Group Training (AGT). See AGT tab under Select overview. Whether at team practice or AGT, players are expected to wear their training shirt.
- Off-season – while Skyline is not a “soccer only” club and does not require team practices/games from end of fall (mid-November) to spring (beginning of March), many teams participate in winter Age Group Training. The same is true for summer where many players may choose to participate in the Summer Select Program.
There are benefits to making such a commitment.
- Coaching – Skyline requires competitive coaches, known as Select Staff, to have the US Soccer D License within their first year coaching a competitive team. Additionally, Select Staff members are required to attend two in-house Staff Development Nights per year and weekly Select Staff meetings during season.
- Leagues/Tournaments – Teams participate in Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) Advanced Leagues and Tournaments at the highest division possible for each team.
- Player Development – Coaches are required to follow for Skyline’s Player Development Plan. Coaches must make the grade, too, and are evaluated on a yearly basis. If players are not meeting benchmarks of development, Skyline seeks out answers as to why each year.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
At Skyline Soccer, we follow rules set forth by Colorado Soccer Association (CSA). Rules include:
- When we can have tryouts – CSA sets the week that clubs may hold tryouts across the state.
- Ages for players – CSA and US Youth Soccer require clubs to follow the 8/1 to 7/31 calendar for birthdates. As of August 1 of 2014, how old are you? If you’re 11, then you will play U12, also known as Under – 12.
- How young competitive soccer can start – CSA says competitive soccer does not begin until U11. At Skyline, we do have a pre-competitive program, called Jr Select, which starts at U9 which is designed to prepare players for the full competitive program at U11, called Select.
- League rules – CSA determines the league rules (i.e. how many players on the field, teams in your division, schedules, league start/stop dates, etc.)
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