High School Players FAQ
1) What are the requirements
for a team to join the SSC?
There must be a parent (or group of parents) willing to do the work
necessary to organize a team. This would include at a minimum: having
tryouts (or otherwise finding players), identifying a coach/trainer,
preparing a budget, registering the team with CYSA, attending monthly
club meetings. 75% of the girls on the new team should reside in Palo
Alto. The parent organizing the team should reside in Palo Alto. The
new team should not plan to take players from an existing SSC team to
form the new team.
2) Are there any other requirements?
Yes. Each team must be willing to take a role in helping to run the
club. In addition, the club will research the history of individuals
and teams requesting membership. Younger teams usually are based on
AYSO experience, while older teams usually have some prior organization.
The current club teams will discuss membership applications, vote and
advise the requesting team of the vote results. Teams with a sincere
interest in local youth soccer and necessary resources usually are accepted
3) Once a team is accepted in the club, is it up to the team coach/manager
to make all decisions?
No. SSC teams belong to the collective parents of team members. A team
meeting of all parents is normally held at least once a season. The
parents should discuss who/how they want to run the team. Generally
the parents will appoint one person or committee to be the primary decision
maker. This person/committee will be responsible for hiring a coach,
developing the budget etc.
4) What are some examples of Club responsibilities that could be assigned
to a team?
Field lining, registration, field scheduling, referee scheduling, new
team handout etc.
5) What are the primary differences between CYSA and AYSO?
AYSO teams are formed each year by consciously dispersing the most
talented players among the various teams, so that each team has a wide
range of abilities. It is open to any player, regardless of skill level,
and all players must be played for at least half the game. CYSA is a
more selective soccer program for those girls and boys who have a more
serious commitment to soccer and well-developed athletic ability. Players
aren’t assigned to a team in CYSA, they generally try-out for
a team and then remain with that same team, year after year, assuming
their skill-level is progressing along with the rest of the team.
6) What are the primary differences between the SSC (Stanford Soccer
Club) and the PASC (Palo Alto Soccer Club)?
The SSC is more decentralized. Teams are organized and managed by parents.
The PASC is more centralized. Teams are organized and formed by a centralized
group of committed volunteers. Both clubs strive to create an opportunity
for youth to play competitive in a positive environment.
7) Are there different levels of CYSA teams?
CYSA teams play either Class 1 (sometimes called “Select”)
or Class 3 (sometimes called “Comp”.) Class 1 is the highest
level of play and therefore attracts the best players. Any CYSA team
may play in a Class 3 league, while a team must be accepted (usually
based on prior record) to a Class 1 league. It is normal for a team
to begin as a Class 3 team and then switch to Class 1 in a future year.
Often a decision to play Class 3 is based more on the desires of the
parents to moderate the extent of the family’s commitment to soccer
than the level of ability of the players. Class 1 is significantly more
serious and requires a willingness to put soccer ahead of other activities,
while Class 3 is a step-up from AYSO but doesn’t involve as many
8) When does the season begin and end; what’s the commitment?
Most CYSA teams play in both spring and fall. The fall season is the
“serious” season, and players are expected to make soccer
their number one extra-curricular activity. The fall season usually
begins sometime in August with practices and then weekend games are
scheduled between the first week in September and mid-November. Tournaments
can be a big part of CYSA play in the fall, although each team decides
how many and which tournaments to attend based on parent preferences.
There is no requirement that teams play in tournaments, but they are
lots of fun for the players and involve at least three games (four if
the team makes it to the “medal” round.) There are tournaments
to choose from every weekend in August, over the Labor Day weekend,
and then during the last weekend of both September and October. Some
tournaments are within an hour’s drive; others are in places requiring
overnights in motels. Most Class III teams will play in one or two tournaments;
most Class I teams will play in five or six.
Spring soccer is viewed as a more informal season, although there are
regular games and practices. Games are played every weekend beginning
the first weekend in April and continuing through the first weekend
in June. During spring season most teams are more flexible about conflicts
since some players are also playing baseball or are otherwise involved
in other activities.
9) What teams do we compete against in league play and how much traveling
Class 1 teams often are in a playing league with teams from as far
north as San Francisco and as far south as Santa Cruz. Class 3 teams
usually play against teams located between Burlingame and Mountain View,
although this can vary. The spring and fall seasons usually consist
of 10 total games, with half played in Palo Alto and half at the field
of the other team. Class 1 teams generally play on Saturdays with a
few two-game weekends that include a Sunday game; Class 3 teams generally
play on Sundays.
10) What is the typical practice schedule?
Most CYSA teams in the Stanford Soccer Club practice twice a week (for
Class 3) or three times a week (for Class 1) after school at one of
several locations: Greer or JLS Middle School. Many teams use one of
those practice days to focus on building technical soccer skills (dribbling,
passing technique, feints, kicking, etc.) by using a paid skills coach.
All practices generally run 1½ to 2 hours. Many of the U11-U13
Class I teams continue practicing beyond the normal fall season in order
to play in State Cup competition in mid-January.
11) Who coaches?
An important philosophy of the Stanford Soccer Club is that a parent
should either coach the team or serve as a strong assistant coach or
manager along with a paid coach. This parental involvement reinforces
the notion that it is the parents that should control the direction
of the team (not a paid coach or the club). Typically, when teams reach
the age of U-12 or U-13, the parent coach is less effective and capable
in the lead coaching role and a transition is made to a paid coach (with
continued involvement of the parent coach or manager) who essentially
continues at the pleasure of the parents.
Most teams in the Club also utilize additional skills coaches that
work specifically on developing good ball skills: dribbling, turning,
feints, etc. Often, one of the two weekly practices is a “skills”
practice run by a trainer other than the regular coach.
12) What are the fees and what do they pay for?
Budgets are developed for each season and vary depending on uniform
and equipment needs, number of tournaments and the amount of planned
skills coaching. These costs, however, can vary greatly
from team to team depending mostly on how much use is made of professional
coaching. Spring season could be anywhere from $200 - $800; fall
season from $300 - $900. Expenses for newly forming teams will be higher in the initial
season due to the need to purchase balls, uniforms and other
equipment from scratch.
13) If my child makes a team, can he/she later be dropped from the team?
One of the key distinctions between CYSA and AYSO is that players must
be playing at some threshold level of ability and be making a more serious
commitment to soccer to be appropriate for CYSA. When a player is falling
behind the rest of the team, either due to slower skill development
or lack of motivation or commitment, it is usually in the player’s
best interest to switch back to AYSO. Arriving at a team philosophy
on this subject is an evolutionary process that will occur over the
first year after the formation of a new team. Most CYSA teams believe
that all players should have to try-out for the team each year, but
teams have different approaches to the criteria for adding or dropping
14) If I play spring soccer, am I committing myself to fall?
No, but most teams prefer to get try-outs done in early spring since
the fall season starts at the end of the summer, a difficult time to
organize a team. Also, spring season allows for teams to bond and for
parents to get to know each other before the more important fall season.
Obviously, any player can decide to opt out of CYSA soccer at the end
of the spring season and register for AYSO instead.
High School FAQ
1 ) Club <--> High School Player Eligibility (CIF Bylaw 600)