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.
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 (U8).
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 (U8, 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 in March and the season runs from April through June.
- Fall Season: Teams play 8-10 games . Practices begin in August and the season run from September through November.
During each season, 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.
During the winter, the Club also works to provide some pool practice training for the players and many teams play futsal as well.
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 Division 1 teams and from Burlingame to Palo Alto for Division 3 teams. Home games are played at Burlingame fields.
There are two leagues that Club considers for its players and teams to participate: NorCal and CCSL. Which league the team will play 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. 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 schedule will be published in mid-March. Once the schedule is published, teams will have an opportunity to negotiate times/dates to try to minimize scheduling conflicts with baseball, lacrosse, etc. In the spring, it is typical to have games primarily on Sundays, but you may have games on some Saturdays. The team manager will do his/her best job to schedule games around conflicts that team members have. The more notice you can give about expected absences, the better.
How many children play on a team?
The U8 and U9 teams will play games of 8 v 8. They will have rosters of 11 to 12 players. The maximum roster size is 13. The Club does not recommend to the teams to fulfill roster completely. Teams should have some space open for potential recruits later on in a season. Also, we tend to train as a pool at early ages and have smaller rosters for games in order to provide more playing time to the players. The U11 and older teams will play games of 11 v 11 and will have rosters of 14 to 16 players. Some 11v11 teams have bigger roster with a bigger training pool and play two leagues in order to provide the best development program for their players. These decisions are made by the Club DOC and coaches.
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 Director of Coaching (DOC) and is one of the top coaches in California. He recruits, trains, and assigns coaches to each team. Coach Luciano Fusco is Burlingame Soccer Club Technical Director and is in charge of U8-U10 age group. He works with coaches, players and teams at early ages and oversees the program. At the younger age groups (U8–U10), the Club assigns a Head coach for eacg 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 processing registrations, 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 at 50 Anza Boulevard and Lower Bayside at 1125 Airport Boulevard. Each team will be assigned 2 practices/week. Typically, the younger teams will practice from 4:00-5:30pm. The Club also runs special training programs which include:
These optional but encouraged programs are in addition to the regular team practices and are free of charge for Club players.
What are the fees involved?
Fees range from about $700 to $900 per season. The exact fee will vary depending on the number of players on the roster and the number of jamborees/tournaments the team commits to. The fees cover the coaches’ salaries, uniforms, field & referee time, tournament fees and other costs. Scholarships are available for players based on need.
What is a Jamboree?
Younger teams (U8-U10) may elect to participate in weekend Jamborees. Jamborees are similar to tournaments except there is no tabulation of wins/losses during the weekend. Teams from a wide geographical area are invited to attend and each team may play up to 4 games over the weekend. Playing in Jamborees allows a team to work on techniques and strategies in a concentrated group of games, play teams from outside their league, and gauge their development progress against other teams. Plan on spending the entire weekend participating in these events. They will be replaced by tournaments as the teams get older.
Where can I go for more information?
Please visit the Burlingame Soccer Club Website.
Does my son/daughter have to come to all of the tryouts?
Every child is expected to come to as many tryouts as possible. Although only one is required, the more tryouts s/he comes to, the more comfortable s/he will be with the drills and the better opportunity the coaches will have to evaluate him/her in depth. 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 Club players are required to attend all Club tryouts too.
How many children will make a team?
BSC’s goal is to field three to five teams at each age level, U8-U11 for boys and girls playing 8v8 game format. We keep team rosters small to provide enough playing time to players. These 3-5 teams combine to two-three teams one they start playing 11v11 game format at U11/12 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.
Will the teams for each age group be balanced?
No. Ideally, BSC is looking to create a Division 1 team (most competitive) and a Division 3 (competitive) team for each age group. All teams may start as Division 3 teams, but one will be targeted for greater potential to move to Division 1 based on commitment and the skill level of the players on that team. It may take a couple of years for a team to move up to Division 1. The goal of our program is to place players in an environment and at a level that will best develop their potential.
Coaches will run the U8 and U9 training pool (station type of training and age group as a squad of players for boys and separate for girls) to better define each player’s skill level and potential before allocating players to teams on a more permanent basis. This program has been very successful. We will again run similar program in the pre-season and regular Spring season. Players will have a permanent training schedule and permanent game roster during the season.
What if there was already a Club team in this age group last year?
Everyone attends the tryouts – even if they are currently playing on a BSC team. This gives the coaches a chance to view new players alongside current players to see if there is a good fit. Many, but not necessarily all, BSC players from last season will make it onto the team again, but some may switch between the teams based on what the coaches believe is the best situation for a specific player’s development.
Players who have played at U9 but are year younger and they are born after July 31st 2004 are required to try out with their age group – U8. The Club tends to select a group of younger talented players and train them the first year so that most of these players make a strong team and get moved to play at their age once their age group has a tryout. This has been proven to be a good method for a player’s development. This way the Club also has a good new U8 competitive team. Coaches will evaluate the whole pool of players to make the final selections. Some player(s) might be recommended to play for a team that is one year older if the coaches believe that it is in the best interest of the player’s development.
What are the coaches looking for?
In general, the coaches are looking for good footwork and ball control, the ability to follow directions and respond to coaching, speed, drive, enthusiasm and athletic ability. Coaches are also looking for players that are active and engaged in a game/clinic. The coaches will teach technique, strategy, and positioning. During tryouts they want to see solid fundamentals and player potential as well as love for the game.
Although our coaches do a good job evaluating the players during tryouts, it is sometimes difficult to properly assess every player. As such, we run a training pool and continue player evaluation so that players can be moved from one team to another within an age group. This typically happens 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.
What if my son/daughter doesn’t make a team?
In addition to the competitive teams for each age level, the BSC has a Pre-Academy Skills Training Program and it is also working on starting a School League in the Spring of 2013 (Please check back for more info). Both programs will be run by and will be overseen by BSC coaches. It’s a great way to get your child involved and playing soccer in the spring. As BSC coaches will be running these programs, they will always be looking at how kids keep developing and they will move players from the Pre-Academy and School League to a competitive Burlingame Soccer Club team, as warranted. These programs will work together to provide the best opportunity and environment for young players to learn and play this beautiful game.