Each year some NYSC players look for a higher level of play than is available in our recreational soccer leagues. The answer may be the Club Select Program.
Club Select play, which is often referred to as District Select, is a level of play somewhere between that of recreational and Premier play. Generally, the travel, cost and time commitment of the Club Select program is considerably less than that of the Premier program, but greater than recreational soccer. Club Select provides an opportunity for stronger players to play at a higher level of competition with other select players. Club Select players generally find that their game improves greatly when they have a full team of higher level players to work with. Club Select play appeals to the player seeking a level of competition higher than recreational ball but not able or willing to commit to a year-round program such as Premier.
Club Select players fall generally into two categories — the good athlete who is active in other sports and is unwilling to make soccer their primary commitment (which is what Premier soccer expects) or the average athlete who enjoys soccer and wants to participate in the game at a more challenging level.
Selection to a Club Select team is made via tryouts which are open to all players.
Select coaches are required to meet minimum qualifications, which the NYSC monitors.
Travel for games is around the Puget Sound region from Bothell to Olympia, Maple Valley to Gig Harbor.
Issues such as practice location, team finances, pre and post season tournament participation are addressed independently by each team.
A typical season schedule for Club Select is: Hold tryouts throughout May for various age groups (BU16, BU17, BU18 are held the end of February). Practices begin in June, once or twice a week, continue practices twice a week and participate in 2 or 3 tournaments. The regular fall season runs from September (first weekend after Labor Day) to December of 14 games. State Cups start in January and could go through the first weekend in February. This schedule is very generic and can vary a lot based on the intensity level that the team is willing to commit to and their level of success. GU15 – GU18 teams play in the summer for tournaments and then take a break for the high school season and start back up the end of November with their season starting in December and running through April for the state cup.
All NYSC Club Select teams are governed by the rules and regulations of the Eastside Youth Soccer Association, as available on the EYSA web site.
(plus uniform cost & travel and tournament/team fees)