Competitive Program: Frequently asked Questions
At what age does competitive soccer begin?
Children play in age groups as defined by US Soccer- Birthyear Guidelines. Leagues begin for U9 and older, however, it is common for U8 players to “play up” with the U9 teams (i.e. these players will then play two years in the U9 league). U8, U9, U10 are the most common ages for children to move from CC United's Recreational to CC United's Competitive program.
How is CC United competitive soccer organized?
The competitive program is organized into two seasons:
- Summer Competitive Season for U9-U19: Game schedule of 10-12 games from early May to late July with practices beginning as early as November.
- Fall Competitive Season for U9-U14: Game schedule of 6 games during September and October with practices beginning in August.
Do I have to play both fall and summer seasons if my player is U9-U14?
No. Players are not required to play both seasons but most players do participate in both.
CC United places teams in both the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and the Twin Cities Soccer League (TCSL). Travel distance to games and level of competition are factors considered when selecting the league for each team.
How are the age groups structured?
Teams are f ormed by age and skill level.
Can my child request to play with their friends?
Friend requests are not considered in the competitive league. Players are assigned to teams based on their skill level. If your child is interested in remaining on a team with friends, consider joining CC United's Recreational program.
How does the club determine team placement?
Team placement is determined by a number of factors:
- Coach evalutaions from previous competitive seasons with CCU
- Performance from previous competitive seasons
When does the summer season start and end?
The summer season begins with November or December indoor training for the top teams in each age group. All teams (regardless of age and level) will train indoors with their age group starting in January. League games begin in late April or early May. Post season play takes place in mid-July for those age groups that participate.
When does the fall season start and end?
Practices begin in August. League games start in September. The Fall season finishes with the Fall State Tournament in mid-October.
When are practices & games?
For the summer season, teams in the MYSA will have games scheduled according to the MYSA playing nights schedule. Teams will typically either have a game or practice on their MYSA playing nights however teams may schedule practices on any night of the week. Additionally, most coaches will also include a third practice time.
For teams playing in the TCSL, games may be scheduled any day of the week.
For the fall season, games take place on Saturday and/or Sundays with 1-2 practices during the week.
Where do the teams "travel" to?
Typically CC United teams are placed in the West District but may be placed in other districts by the MYSA depending on the league formation.
Do teams participate in out of town tournaments?
For the Summer Season, most teams will schedule 1-3 weekend tournaments to supplement the regular season.
These are typically around the metro area, but with team consensus, may be further away.
Tournament costs are typically $25-$50 per player per tournament.
What is the cost for the competitive season?
Summer Competitive Season
A non-refundable registration fee must accompany your child's registration.
The balance due is divided into three payments (Team Commitment Deposit, November Installment and Final Team Payment due Feb). Fees vary based on level of play and age and typically range from $700-$1200.
Fall Competitive Season
The cost for the 2019 Fall season is $225 and payable in full at the time of registration.
Are there other costs?
- Uniforms - All players will be required to purchase a new uniform. Uniform kits include two jerseys, one pair of shorts, and socks.
- Tournaments - fee can vary from $25-$50 per player per tournament.
- Team Expenses - to cover the cost of scrimmages, additional indoor practice space or any other expenses incurred by the team.
- Players are expected to provide their own shin guards, cleats, and ball.
CC United follows a "no pay, no play" policy, meaning that if fees are not paid, the player will not be able to participate in games.
Does CC United have a financial aid program for its players?
Yes, CC United's financial aid policy insures that no player is prevented from playing in CC United's programs due to financial reasons. To apply for Financial Aid, go to the home page and click on Competitive and then Financial Aid to complete and submit a financial aid form.
Why are tryouts held in July/August for the following summer season?
Section 126.96.36.199 of the MYSA rules manual prohibits tryouts until after the conclusion of the State Tournament. The MN High School Athletics Association prohibits contact between high school players and their clubs during the high school season which typically begins in August. These two rules effectively create a 1-2 week window in which tryouts can be held.
What if I need to withdraw from Competitive Soccer, what is the Refund Policy?
Competitive Refund Policy
What is the policy in regards to Outside Community Players (OCP)?
In order to provide opportunities for the players from our Home Area (ISD #112), all but three (3) roster spots on our competitive program’s top ranked team, in any age/gender category, are reserved for players residing in our home area. OCP players are classified as anyone residing outside Carver, Chaska, Chanhassen or Victoria (District 112). Players are classed as OCP for 24 months. In order to maintain their status on the top team they must meet two conditions for the duration of two seasons. First, finish higher than players from inside the club through the evaluation process. Second, finish higher than other OCP players also looking to get in. This means that if one OCP scored higher than players in the age group but not as high as a new OCP then they will lose their place on the team. The only exception to this ruling is that if there is only one top team in the age level and the effect of no players coming into the program would be disbanding of the team.
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