FAQ

Welcome to competitive soccer and tryouts for the Burlingame Soccer Club. We designed this page to answer some of the more frequent questions parents have.

If I am currently on a BSC team do I still need to tryout?

Yes. Once each year BSC players have to re-tryout if they want to remain part of the Burlingame Soccer Club. The club runs mandatory tryouts in May at the end of Spring season and all players are re-evaluated and placed on an appropriate team for the following year. Our November and December tryouts are to form new teams, early ages teams and for new players first time in competitive Club soccer.

Does my son/daughter have to come to all of the tryouts?

No, but every child is expected to attend as many tryouts as possible. Although only one is required, the more tryouts you attend the more accurate the ultimate evaluation you will receive. You and your child will also have more opportunities to ask questions, meet the coaches and managers, and get a better feel for what Cub soccer will be like if you come to all of the tryouts. Current BSC players are also required to attend club tryouts.

Can I choose which age group I tryout for?

Unfortunately not, all players have to tryout for the age division that is determined by their date of birth and required by US Soccer, NorCal and CCSL leagues. You can find the age division appropriate to you on the posted tryout schedule. It is mandatory that all players tryout with their own age as players are not allowed to tryout for an age group older or younger. Once tryouts are underway BSC technical committee will identify and consider any advanced players that they determine could "play up" and communicate these players of this opportunity. Players will only be invited to play up on older teams if the technical committee believe that it is in the best interest of that player's individual development and that they can be contributing players on that older team.

Does every player that attends the tryouts make the team?

Unfortunately not. Although we can accept a large number of players, due to limited resources (fields, coaches, referee's) we can not accept every player who attends tryouts. It is also possible that the coaches feel that some players are not ready for club soccer and that they are better suited to a recreational level of play.

How is my child's team assigned?

During the try-out process your child will be evaluated by multiple coaches from the BSC organization. Based on their collective feedback, your child will be assigned to a team which is designed to both challenge and support your child's soccer skills. There are one and sometimes two coaches per team, a head coach and a secondary coach or age-group coach. It is the goal of the BSC to have each coach in an age group be familiar with every player in that group.

How many teams does the BSC have and what level do they play?

The BSC has as many as five teams per age group, per gender, for boys and girls ages 6-18.

How many players will make a team?

Our goal is to have between 3 and 5 teams in the early ages in both the boys and girls programs. These teams play smaller sided games (5v5, 7v7, 9v9) and we tend to keep team rosters small to provide enough playing time for each player. These teams combine into 2 or 3 teams when they graduate to the 11v11 format of the game at U13 boys and girls. Selection of the players and number of teams that Club will form will depend on the quality of the player pool that will be evaluated at the tryout. The Club also has field space limitations and wants to be competitive and selective in terms of talent without the intention of continuing to grow the number of competitive teams.

What are the "numbers & colors" for the BSC teams and what do they signify?

In keeping with US Soccer regulations, teams are divided by BIRTH year (NOT by school year as with AYSO), so most teams will have a mix of players in different school grades. Players with exceptional skills may play "up" to an older team, but older players may not play "down" to a younger team. Team numbers (birth year, i.e. Jan-Dec, 2009 = "09") are followed by "B" for boys and "G" for girls.BSC's teams are labeled (from least to most skilled) Red, Blue, Black, White, Gold, Premier, and new in 2017: U.S. Development Academy (Girls U14/U16/U18). Using this system, a boy who is born in 2009 might be assigned to "09B Black (or another color/level) and a girl's team would be "09G" followed again by the color/level of play.

Will the teams for each age group be balanced?

No. BSC will create a structure and series of teams that all compete at differing levels of competition within each age group. In the younger age groups BSC typically host 1 or 2 teams at each age that compete at a Premier or Gold level of play and then have 2 or 3 teams that compete at the more local Silver or Bronze level. The goal of our program is to place players in an environment where they can compete, contribute, feel valued and continue to develop at their own individual rate of development. At U6/U7/U8 - early ages Club might balance the teams when players start in our program to evaluate player progress in first season/year of their play and then place each individual player at the right level and challenge the team playing right league/bracket.

What if there is an already existing team in the Club at the age group I am trying out for?

At club tryouts new and returning players are evaluated evenly. Burlingame Soccer Club is a competitive program, we are always looking for the best and most committed players possible. If a new player is deserving of a place on a team, a current player could very possibly be moved to a lower level team.

What are the coaches looking for?

Coaches will primarily evaluate technical and coordinative abilities as well as looking for players that are active and engaged in the tryouts and demonstrate the ability to follow directions and be coached. Coaches are also looking at each players potential athletic ability and their desire to impact the game environment.

Although our coaches do a good job evaluating the players during tryouts, it is sometimes difficult to properly assess every player accurately. As such, once teams are formed BSC will practice in a pool environment and continue player evaluation so that players can be moved to the appropriate level team within the age group. This player movement typically happens in the Summer between seasons.

When will we hear the results of the tryouts?

The results will be communicated to you via email no later than 1 week after the last tryout at the email address you supply when you register online.

How is Club soccer different from AYSO?

Club soccer is more competitive and selective than AYSO. There are fewer teams with a tryout process to select the players who demonstrate the most aptitude and interest in playing competitive soccer. Competitive teams travel to play teams of comparable skill and experience levels. Game scores and standings for the season are kept at every level - even the youngest (U7).

Unlike AYSO, every child may not get equal play time during games but it is important to emphasize that BSC coaches are focused on individual player development and not winning games at early ages. Coaches set long term goals knowing that fundamental skills developed early will pay dividends in years to come. Every player on the roster will likely play at least ½ of every game, but some may play the entire game. Teams formed through Club tryouts tend to stay together from one season to the next but Club coaches are encouraged to move players from one team (level) to another team within the same age group based on player development. Since BSC plays year-round and competition is at a higher level, transitioning from AYSO to the BSC is best done at a young age (U7-U9). It becomes increasingly difficult for players to "step up" to the Club as they get older.

There is a level of intensity and competitiveness in Club soccer that may not be best for every child or family. The children who play Club soccer are very committed to soccer and improving their game. If your child is looking for the next level of competitive soccer, Burlingame Soccer Club may be perfect for him/her.

When is the season? When do practices start?

  • Spring Season: Teams play 8-10 games. Practices begin the 1st week in March and the season runs through the 2nd week of June.
  • Fall Season: Teams play 8-10 games . Practices begin 1st week in August and the season runs through the 1st week in December.
  • Winter Season (optional): Winter Season (January/February) is informal and is offered to any players that are available and interested in playing.

During the Spring and Fall seasons, teams typically play 1 game per week, which will be played either Saturday or Sunday. There may be some weekends with games on both days. Many teams also play a couple of weekend tournaments or jamborees.

Practices are held twice a week on weekday afternoons and last 90 minutes each.

How often will my child practice?

All entry-to-mid level teams practice 2X per week. Gold teams practice 3X/week. Premier and Academy teams set their own practice schedules (3X/week or better). Every effort is made to have younger players practice earlier in the afternoon, while older players practice later in the afternoons and evenings.

Do players frequently move between teams?

No, unless it is necessary to move player so he/she is placed at the right level to continue developing soccer skills. Players may occasionally "guest play" on another color/team, but typically only move officially from one team's roster to another either at the end of the spring season, or after fall try-outs. Typically, the age groups (all colors/all teams in a birth year) practice together 1X/week, and individual teams practice alone 1-2X/week. Coaches get to know each player in an age group.

In which leagues do the BSC teams play?

BSC has teams playing in the NorCal Premier, California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), and the US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) league (beginning Fall 2017). Each team choses the league they will play in for the spring or fall seasons. Club with Head coaches of the Age Groups and team coaches determine which league and level of play will best support the development of the team. For the higher level teams, the league they play in will have been pre-determined.

How far do teams travel?

The more competitive the team, the farther it will typically travel. Most games will be within a 30-45 minute drive from Burlingame- roughly from SF to San Jose for the Gold / Silver teams and from Burlingame to Palo Alto for Bronze / Copper teams. Home games are played at Burlingame fields.

There are three leagues that BSC will consider for its players and teams to participate: U.S. Development Academy, NorCal and CCSL. Which league the team plays will be decided by the team coach in coordination with Club Director of Coaching (DOC). The objective is to play at the right level of competition in order for players to develop. Coaches constantly evaluate their players and the team's progress as well as the playing league and competition. It is up to the coach to decide if/when to move a team to another league if they think it is more appropriate for the players and the team to develop.

My child plays baseball/lacrosse in the spring can s/he still play competitive soccer team?

Many children playing Club soccer also have other commitments - especially in the spring. We have different team levels within the age group and based on your other commitments Club will be able to accommodate to you and have your boy and/or girl play at the right level. Gold and White Level teams usually have players who prioritize Club soccer. In the fall, we expect players to prioritize Club soccer over other commitments, but in the spring the expectation is not as high. It will be up to each family to manage spring conflicts keeping in mind that the more practices and games each child attends, the stronger both the players and the team will become. You may want to discuss your child's other commitments with the Club team coach and manager once you are assigned to a team.

Are games on Saturdays or Sundays?

The preliminary game schedules are published in mid-March for Spring and mid-August for Fall. Once the schedules are published, teams will have an opportunity to negotiate times/dates to try to minimize scheduling conflicts with baseball, lacrosse, etc. Games are scheduled by the leagues on both Saturdays and Sunday. The team managers do their best to schedule games around conflicts that team members have. The more notice you can give about expected absences, the better.

Who are the coaches?

The coaches are all experienced and credentialed coaches. Many have played professional or semi-professional soccer. They work closely together to design and implement effective practice drills and games. All of the coaches in the Burlingame Soccer Club are paid. Dusko Rosic is the Burlingame Soccer Club Executive Director and is one of the top coaches in California. He recruits, trains, and assigns coaches to each team. He works with coaches, players and teams at all ages and oversees the program. Club assigns a Head coach for each age group who works closely with the other coaches in the same age group to ensure that the program is unified and players are receiving uniform development.

Learn more about BSC Coaches.

Who are the managers?

Each team will need one or more parent managers. The manager's duties include communicating with parents, scheduling games, and managing the team's finances. The manager may assign various roles to other parent volunteers such as registration, treasurer, equipment/uniform liaison, etc. Among the teams managers Club will assign manager coordinator who will coordinate with the Club and other managers in the same age group.

Where do the teams practice?

Practices take place at one of several Burlingame fields including Murray Field, Lower Bayside Field, Franklin and Osberg school fields and Cuernavaca Park. Each team will be assigned 2 practices/week. Typically, the younger teams will practice earlier in the evening (4-5:30pm) and the older teams later (5:30-7pm or 7-8:30pm). The Club also runs special training programs which include Special Clinics.

These optional but encouraged programs are in addition to the regular team practices and are free of charge for Club players.

What is the club fee?

The club fee covers professional head coaching; full time Director of Coaching; assistant coaching; specialty clinics such as striker, goalkeeper, and agility clinics (which run throughout the season and are free for any BSC player to attend -- and players are encouraged to attend); minimum of two practices per week; typically 8-10 league games per season, plus scrimmages; fields; lights; referees for games; BSC administrative and operational costs. This comes down to less than $10/event (game or practice) per kid. Uniform costs are separate and typically are about $175 for a full Adidas kit that needs to be replaced typically every two years. In addition to these fees, your team will collect team-specific team fees to cover certain expenses that are unique just to your team such as for league registration, tournaments or team parties. Team fees can vary widely depending primarily on how active your team is in playing tournaments. Financial Aid is available and is based on need. The financial aid application can be found here.

What is expected of parents?

Parents are expected to support their children with positive feedback and well-planned logistics. To do this we ask that you get your children to practices and games on time, discuss your concerns with the coaches at a time when they are able to focus their attention on the subject, and cheer (but do NOT coach) your children from the sidelines of games. Parents are also expected to volunteer a few hours per season in support of their child's team and the BSC overall. Team managers will notify you of volunteer opportunities throughout the season.

Where can I go for more information?

Please visit the Burlingame Soccer Club Website.