FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
Our current players do not to register for the tryouts. They have been evaluated throughout the season and coaches will communicate with our current players and offer them spot on a team for the following season based on their skill level, performance and commitment.
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 with different colors (Blue, Gold, Navy, White, etc). Your player's current team placement is where we think your player will have the necessary balance between challenge and success which will result in confidence growth and optimal skill acquisition. Your player's development is a process which includes constant coaching evaluation. In addition, this process requires ongoing support from both coaches and parents. We are asking the families to trust us through the process in order for the players to reach their full potential.
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 3 days after the tryouts/open sessions.
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 consists of Winter Training (January 11th-March 21st) and Spring Training (March 22nd -June 11th): Teams play 8-10 games.
Fall Season August 2nd - December 10th: Teams play 8-10 games.
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. Yellow and White teams practice 3-4X/week. 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?
2012 and older BSC teams play in the NorCal Premier, California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) and NorCal National Premier League (NPL). Each team choses the league they will play in for the spring or fall seasons. Club Head coaches, the directors 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 league levels and from Burlingame to Palo Alto for Bronze / Copper league levels. Home games are played at Burlingame fields.
There are three leagues that BSC will consider for its players and teams to participate: NorCal, CCSL and NPL. 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.
What does the weekly practice schedule look like?
BSC uses the city fields, San Mateo High School Union District fields and Burlingamer Indoor Facility. Once we receive all the field allocations, the schedule is created for an entire season, but the schedule is generally as follows:
- 2014-2011 teams usually practice from 3:30 to 5 PM
- 2010-2007 teams practices are usually between 5:00 and 8:00 PM
- 2006 and older teams practices are usually between 6:00 and 9:30 PM
Winter Training schedule (January 11th - March 21st) will be announced by January 5th.
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 licensed professional soccer 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 works closely with the techincal derictors and directors of age groups on buidling the training curriculum, style of play and club culture. He also recruits, trains, and assigns coaches to each team. He works with coaches, players and teams at all ages and oversees the program. The 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.
BSC Coaches get assessed by the directors, benefiting from their experience and mentorship in implementing their curriculum and player assessment for optimal player 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 are Club Fees and Team Fees?
Club Fees are the payment that goes to Burlingame Soccer Club to cover the majority of expenses to play. Club Fees cover the costs of all coaching (director of coaching, director of goalkeeping, head coach, assistant coaches, specialty clinics), operations manager, outdoor fields, indoor futsal facility (Burlingamer), field maintenance, lights, referees, equipment, insurance, as well as administrative and professional services such as bookkeeping. Club Fees cover a minimum of two practices per week, plus the optional free specialty clinics such as striker, goalkeeper, agility, etc; typically 8-10 league games per season, plus scrimmages. Club Fees vary by age group and team and range from $1,250 to $1,650 per player per each season (Spring and Fall seasons), with the exact amount due for your child's team posted on/before the beginning of the season. This comes down to between $15 and $19 (depending on age group and team) per event (game, practice, clinic) per player.
Team Fees are in addition to Club Fees and are items specific and unique to your team. They cover your team's league registration, player passes, tournaments, etc. Team Fees vary widely depending primarily on how active your team is in playing tournaments. But, the average Team Fee is about $100 per player per season (Spring and Fall seasons). The lowest for a team playing 0-1 tournament may be about $100, and the highest for a team playing 3-4 tournaments may be about $400. Your head coach and team manager, in coordination with the Executive Director, determine the tournament agenda for your team. Whereas in seasons past Team Fees were collected by a local Team Treasurer, beginning Fall 2018 season Team Fees are collected by a central team treasurer on behalf of your team in order to make the process more efficient for all our families.
Uniform costs are separate and are paid individually by each family. A full Adidas uniform kit is typically replaced every two years and costs about $175.
Team Summer Camp fee is separate and is $180.
Financial Aid is available and is based on financial need. For more information, and the financial application, go to the financial aid section on the website or click 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.
INFO FOR 2015 AND 2014 BOYS & GIRLS
2015 and 2014 Boys & Girls will play the in-house "Happy Feet Street Soccer". Some 2013 will also play the "Happy Feet Street Soccer" in-house league.
There are no appropriate leagues for 2015 and 2014 age groups offered by NorCal nor CCSL leagues.
"Happy Feet Street Soccer" league is great for player development as it is played indoor and provides a perfect environment for players to get more touches on the ball, score more goals and have more fun, which is very important for their development. During these games, coaches are allowed to step on the field and help their players. There are no scores, no standings, no referees - these usually create a lot of pressure on players, negatively affecting their development at early age.
Where can I go for more information?
Please visit the Burlingame Soccer Club Website.