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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is the difference between the Recreational Program and the Select Program?
The recreational program is an in-house program whose primary purpose is to encourage participation and provide an introduction to the wonderful game of soccer. The select program is a program that plays against other clubs at one of five levels: State League -Premier, 1st Division, and 2nd Division and Southeast Classic Leagues - Classic A, Classic B, and Classic C. In addition, teams in the competitive program participate in state and regional tournaments. The primary purpose of the competitive program is to develop soccer players to excel at their highest desired level of competition. Both programs emphasize a passion for the game in a fun environment.

Can select players play on the recreational league?

Yes

What is the playing season for the Select Program?
Southeast Classic League sponsors leagues in the Fall (Sep-Oct) and Summer (April-June). Teams train pre-season and during the season and have additional developmental training opportunities available as interested throughout the winter.

How is the Select Program organized?
We organize team by age, gender, and skill level. Our goal is to offer every player an opportunity to play at the appropriate level of challenge. We currently offer boys and girls team from U11 to U19.

How do players get placed on a Select team?
Every player in the program has to attend tryouts and be evaluated to be placed on a team. After evaluation at the tryouts, players are offered a roster spot on a team that the staff considers is consistent with the player’s ability. Returning players are not guaranteed a spot on a team for the upcoming year. ALL players must tryout for the team.

When are games played?
Southeast Classic League games are played on Saturday and Sunday.  Weekday games may occur from time to day due to rescheduling. Tournament games are played on weekends.
 
When are training (practice) sessions?
Training sessions are typically held twice a week during the season with some exceptions due to league play. The amount of training does vary at the coach’s discretion, age, and by competitive level.
 
When does training (practice) begin?
Practices usually begin outside in mid April depending on field availability and goes until the end of June. Typically July is an off-month and then practices resume the first week of August until the end of October. Over winter some teams do hold a few practices but they are not required and we offer (included) winter trainings from the Marian University Soccer Coaches and Players.
 
How many teams do you form in an age group?
The number of players that signs up determines the number of teams we offer in an age group. We will try to accommodate all registered players if we are able to meet minimum roster needs.
 
When are tryouts held?
Tryouts are held once a year in early June. They are scheduled in accordance with WYSA and Southeast Classic League rules and regulations.
 
How are the travel coaches selected?

Coaches apply annually to coach a team and those applications are evaluating and approved (or denied) by the Select Director and/or Director of Coaching.  At minimum, all coaches must be "Compliant 2"  or higher.

How is playing time for each child determined?

For our developmental teams playing time is more evenly distributed. The intent at this level is to develop the young soccer player’s technical skills, improve the understanding and build the ability of team play, and make the youth soccer experience enjoyable. Even at the developmental level, the player needs to show a level of commitment (attending practice, listening, etc). Lack of commitment may result in a loss of playing time. At the U11 Red level and above, game play becomes more competitive. While the FDLSA desires the developmental principles to carry forward, playing time will be at the discretion of the coach and is based upon each player’s "earning" time through hard work and level of skill demonstrated in training sessions and games.

What 'time' commitment is involved?

Teams practice twice a week during the season. Each season lasts 8-10 weeks. Off season, during the Winter, teams train or participate in leagues, at the team’s discretion.  Teams usually enter three tournaments throughout the year (typically 1 in the fall and 2 in the spring but teams can do as many as they would like).  Preseason practices may begin as early as July but most start in August for the fall season and in February/March for the spring season. Commitment to a travel team means players agree to regularly attend training sessions, games, tournaments etc..

What ’financial’ commitment is involved?

Registration is per seasonal year (Fall & Spring combined) and fees are due when a player accepts a roster spot on a team. We do have also have payment plan options. The annual cost is $400for U11-U14 and $200 for U15-U19. Payment plans are available. In addition to this, teams are responsible for uniform costs. Uniforms cost approximately $80-$100. The annual fee includes 3 tournaments for U11-U14 and 1 tournament for the U15-U19, winter indoor trainings at Lenz field house (facility and trainers), all referee fees, player insurance, field maintenance, insurance, field lining, equipment, coaches stipend, Director of Coaching fees, professional fees, and electronic services as well as general and administrative fees.

Will I be asked to volunteer or fund raise for the club?

Volunteers are needed for concessions, tournament activities, administration work, complex clean-up, assistant coaches and team managers.