After considerable review and consideration, including the current Covid-19 situation and health & safety criteria in Contra Costa County that do not allow open play including contact, we are not able to offer full tryouts as we historically have for this program. Club staff and Select Coordinator will be updating those that registered for tryouts with an update about our new and team formation and select program.
Thank you for your interest in our 2020 Fall Select program. The Fall Select registration fee has been updated in our program notes below and QnA.
Players interested in Select may also register for our recreation program. You are not required to, but we encourage you to depending on your soccer ability as the Fall Select team formation is based on tryout evaluation and coach selection.
Select Updates as of 6/22/20:
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we were not able to offer tryouts. Team roster selection for the 2020 is based on participation in the 2019 Fall and/or Winter Select program. Club reserves the right to add players who also registered for 2020 tryouts if they played in our recreation league in 2019. Messaging was sent to out to all Fall Select tryout players/parents 6/19/20. Age group evaluations may be considered as a last resort if we do not have enough players to form team(s) based on primary criteria. Contact Select Coordinator for any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Refund Policy - Specific to current Covid-19 situation and 2020 season. Click here for our club's refund policy.
Will the season be played as normal? -
We hope so, but will defer and adhere to the local, county, state and federal agencies for return to play for the Fall Select 2020 season. Normal play would be what we are used to pre Covid-19 with 11v11, 9v9 and 7v7 team vs team play. If we're unable to play due to Covid-19, the club will either activate the refund policy for this program, or offer camp/clinic or in house play if we're permitted to.
What league will we play in? -
The Fall Select teams will participate in NorCal Premier Youth Premier League. This will be our 3rd straight season our Fall Select teams have played in NorCal Premier which offers balance competition and regional club's to play against. Travel is required, but in the Fall Select season, most club in the East Bay are less than an hours drive.
Health & Safety -
Our club will adhere to all local, county, state and federal guidelines for the health and safety of our players, coaches, parents and referees. We have provided our return to play protocol's and health & safety guidelines on this select web page. Parent (and player) responsibility is a major factor in ensuring player safety before they arrive to practice or game.
The Select program is a seasonal (fall and winter) program that offers players with an opportunity to play soccer at a more competitive level. By limiting the program to two separate seasons, it gives participants an opportunity to play at a higher level while still allowing participation in other activities outside of soccer during other times of the year.
The Select program is available for U10-U14 age groups. The U16 age group will accept tryout registrations and if we have 30 or more player registrations leading up to tryouts, we will hold tryouts for one girls and one boys teams. Teams will play area soccer club select or competitive teams. While most travel is within the Bay Area, some travel may take teams to locals such as Davis or Modesto on some weekends. As such, participation in the Select program involves a greater commitment of time for travel as well as a greater number of practices and games compared to the Recreation Program.
2020 FALL SELECT Tryout Dates - CANCELED
Age Groups - U10, U12 and U14 Girls and Boys
Dates - May 13 and May 14
Location - TBD
Times - U10 4:00pm to 5:00pm
U12 5:15pm to 6:45pm
U14 7:00pm to 8:30pm
*If tryout times change, we'll notify all players that have registered via their registered email address, including update to this web page and social media.
*U16 age group TBD based on tryout registration
2020 Select Age Group Matrix
Age group determination for the Fall Select Season will be based on birth years. The age group matrix is below (please note which age group your player will be playing in):
*U10: Birth years 2011 and 2012 only.
*U12: Birth years 2009 and 20010 only.
*U14: Birth years 2007 and 2008 only.
*Please note that depending on the number of players that tryout and available coaches, teams may be formed using "pure" age groups. For instance, if there are sufficient players and coaches to form a 2009 Boys and 2010 Boys team , teams may be formed accordingly.
How To Participate
To participate in the Select program, players will need to register for tryouts by clicking HERE. (6/18, registration CLOSED)
Players are not required to register for the recreation program, but and encouraged to register as the Select program teams are based on tryouts and evaluations by our club's professional coaches.
Upon team selection, player is required to register for Fall Select and pay the applicable Select fees (registration
and uniform). For players that also registered for our recreation program prior to Select tryouts, the club will refund those fees in full.
Winter select has a separate registration process and those dates of play, including tryout dates will be provided in the fall.
Players on Competitive teams in the Fall are NOT eligible to play on Select teams in the same calendar year.
Player age groups are based on birth year for the Select program. This is different from the Recreation program. Play-ups are not allowed in the Select program.
Players are required to tryout - players will not be assigned to a team if tryouts are not attended.
Previous selection on a team is not a guarantee of future team placement on subsequent seasons.
Training and games
Teams typically train two times per week. Teams are coached by a parent volunteer. For the fall season, training will begin mid-July with league play starting around mid-August through early November. Winter season begins mid-November and concludes no later than March 30th.
For both the fall and winter season, teams may elect to also play in tournaments. Some tournaments are local and other tournaments may be held in locations such as Reno or Santa Cruz for example.
A higher level of commitment is expected from both the players and parents who participate in the Select program. Select participation is for players who are highly motivated to develop as soccer players and compete at a higher level. In order to maximize development as a player, participants are expected to regularly attend training sessions and matches. Participation in other sports or activities during the Select season is not advised if it will impact participation and commitment to the Select program.
Select teams are coached by parent volunteers based on a review of their qualifications and experience coaching. Selection of coaches is made by the Select program committee and being assigned to a team is not guaranteed.
In addition, each coach will receive support and mentorship from the clubs Director of Coaching.
While potential coaches are encouraged to promote the Select program with players and parents and encourage players to try-out, coaches are not allowed to make promises or otherwise infer selection to a team. Tryouts are managed by the Club's Director of Coaching and evaluations by club trainers.
If you are interested in applying to be a Select coach, please contact the Select Program Coordinator.
Fall select fee is the cost of registration for the Fall Select program is $495.00. The fee is required once a player has accepted placement to the Fall Select team. This additional fee offsets cost of league registration, field rental costs, referee, training fees, Director of Coaching clinics, Fall Select Coach education and club operations. Tournament costs (including travel and lodging if applicable) are in addition to the Select player registration fees. Tournament costs vary based on the type and number of tournaments a team will play (usually 1-2 tournaments per season).
Winter select fee is $TBD.00 due at time of registration following team selection. Additional team fees will be determined by team dependent on number of tournaments participating in, equipment needs, team building events and related costs.
Select Program FAQ
What are the difference between the Recreation, Select and Competitive Programs?
Recreation- This program does not have tryouts and accepts all players regardless of their skills level or experience. The season runs August through early November. Rosters are typically formed by school and friend requests. For more information on the Recreation Program, click on the link.
Select - To participate on a Select team, players will have to tryout (see tryout dates on this page). Note, the Select program tryout is completely separate from the Competitive program tryout. The Select Program is for Recreation players that desire a higher level of competition. The season will run approximately July-November (Fall Select) and November - March (Winter Select). The fall and winter programs are two separate sessions and a tryout for both programs is required.
Competitive- The "Comp" program is a nearly year-round soccer program (approx 11 months out of year) for players who desire a high level of competition, training and commitment to soccer. Players are selected through a try-out process. Note the Comp tryout is completely separate from the Select program tryout. For more information on the Competitive Program, please click on link.
Can a player tryout for Select without registering for the Recreation program?
Yes, a player may tryout for Fall Select without registering for our recreation program. However, since teams are formed based on tryouts, we encourage players to consider their options if they do not get selected for a Fall Select team. Players that register for our recreation program and get selected for a Fall Select team will be refunded in full. Then will register on a different platform and be required to pay those fees as listed on this page.
The Select program is designed to provide an opportunity for recreation players who desire a higher level of play.
For Winter Select, a player must have been registered in either fall Recreation or Select programs. Players who played Competitive in the fall are not eligible to play Winter Select in the successive season. Players from other NorCal clubs are not permitted to play in our Select program.
If a player does not make a select team, can they still play in the Recreation program? Yes, provided that at the time of registration there was still available space in the appropriate age group, players will be placed on a recreation team (fall season) at the conclusion of the Select tryouts. If your player is new to soccer or not sure of their abilities, we suggest registering for our recreation program.
Can a player play on both a select and a recreation or competitive team? No, players are not permitted to participate in different programs during the same season.
If my child cannot make the tryout date, how does that affect their chances of making a Select team? Players are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of the tryout dates. Players who have previously participated in the Select or Competitive program and are unavailable to attend tryouts (e.g. vacation, injury, etc.), may be considered for selection based on the training/coaching staffs prior knowledge of the player’s skills and abilities. However, there is no guarantee of making a team.
Several children attended tryouts, yet only 1 or 2 teams were formed. Why can’t more teams be formed? Participation in the select league is much more competitive than recreation play. Therefore, when forming teams we need to make sure they are able to compete at a high skill level. In addition, we are significantly limited with field space during the year and need to make tough decisions when it comes to forming teams and selecting players.
Updates to the Select QnA as of 6/22/20 including Covid-19 Protocols, Health&Safety Guidelines, program costs, removal of tryout process, inserted new Covid-19 refund policy and 2020 program related notes