How are CSU tryouts run?
Tryouts are held in late April and May. Players will be expected to make every effort to be at all tryouts. Although, tryouts are held in the spring, the actual travel soccer season for the new teams will typically begin in late July or August.
At the conclusion of tryouts the CSU staff will pick teams. In general, coaches will notify the players of their status within a week of the last tryouts.
How are players evaluated at CSU tryouts?
Players attending tryouts will be evaluated on the following:
Technical Ability – How well a player performs the skills needed to be a successful soccer player. (Dribbling, shooting, passing, receiving, turning)
Tactical Ability (Soccer IQ) – Players should be able to make quick decisions when attacking, defending, and in transition. We are always looking for players with a high “Soccer IQ”
Athletic Ability – Speed, Agility, Quickness, Coordination, Endurance, and Strength
Character and Positive Attitude – CSU is always looking for players who take pride in playing for CSU, players who are very respectful with strong values of character and integrity, and players who are committed to working very hard to reach their individual potential.
Who will coach CSU Travel Teams?
Our staff consists of professional licensed coaches who have played at the collegiate and/or professional levels. Our staff has coaching experience at the highest youth, high school, collegiate, and professional levels. We strongly believe in having the most experienced staff who are professionally licensed, but most importantly we are committed to building our staff with coaches who are extremely passionate and energetic about creating a dynamic, fun, and competitive training environment for all CSU players and teams.
How much does it cost to play for a CSU Travel Team?
Travel Soccer is always going to be considerably more expensive than recreation programs. Each team will have paid coaches who are highly qualified professionals. With professional coaches and a 10-12 month commitment for CSU travel teams the cost will be more than a recreation program that plays a 7 week season in the fall. Most CSU travel teams will attend high-level tournaments, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. These tournaments are very enjoyable for the players, but they come at a cost. CSU travel teams will also play through out the winter. Teams will typically train 1x per week and play in a local futsal league. Indoor training during the winter and futsal leagues are fantastic for the development of the players. The costs vary greatly, depending on the age group and level of each team.
- Registration Fee – includes team and player registration, tryouts, website, marketing, accounting, Boys Director of Coaching, Girls Director of Coaching, administrative costs, insurance, outdoor fields for training and matches.
- Coaching salary
- Referee fees for leagues
- League and state association registration fees
- Tournaments (tournament fees typically range from $600 – $1,200 per tournament)
- Indoor Leagues during the winter months (league fees are between $600 and $1,200 per league)
- Indoor field rentals during the winter months
- Outdoor field rentals in late fall and early spring, when there is limited daylight and grass fields are not playable
What is the commitment level for CSU travel teams?
Most travel teams (U8-U14) start their season in August and play in one or two tournaments in late August. All teams will play in a fall travel league. The first league games are typically on the weekend after Labor Day Weekend. Fall leagues typically run through mid-November. FALL SEASON – In the fall, teams will typically have one match per week. Travel teams will have two practices a week throughout the fall season with the exact schedule determined by the head coach and the club. Teams will usually conclude the fall season with 1 or 2 tournaments in November. WINTER SEASON – In the winter, teams will typically train 1x per week and play in 1 to 2 futsal leagues. SPRING SEASON – Most teams will enter 1-2 early spring tournaments to prepare for the EPYSA State Cup. Teams will usually enter an additional 2-3 tournaments in April and May.
College Showcase Teams (U15-U19) will train on Sunday afternoons during the fall high school soccer season and participate in 3/4 College Showcases in October/November/December.
What is the U8 Academy?
The purpose of our U8 (players born in 2009/2010) Academy is to give younger players the opportunity to receive professional coaching with a significantly reduced commitment and cost. These U8 Academy Teams will be coached by one of the Chester Springs United professional coaches. The emphasis for this age group will be advanced technical skills, 1v1 and 2v2 attacking and defending, ball striking, speed of play, and small sided matches. The goal of the U8 Academy is to develop very technical and creative players in a challenging and rewarding environment. All CSU U8 Academy players will receive their CSU Nike kits for their tournament matches and weekend festivals (small sided one day tournaments.)
What is futsal and why use it as a training method?
Futsal develops skill, ball control, creativity and speed of play. Futsal is played 5v5 (4v4 + goalkeepers) on small-sided court or indoor turf field. Futsal is played with a slightly heavier ball so players must use their soccer technique (skill) to solve problems on the field. Players must learn to control the ball rapidly, cut sharply, shield effectively, pass quickly and move into space. Compared to walled soccer or larger indoor field soccer, futsal places a greater emphasis on ball control (keeping the ball in-bounds). Players with the ball must use proper technique to maintain control and seek out other players in space. Players without the ball must move to open space to support their teammates.
Are players able to participate in other sports?
Players can absolutely be involved in other sports. We understand it is important for young players to be involved in more than just one activity or sport.
Chester Springs United will not refund registration and club dues for any reason.