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Frequently Asked Questions About Aptos Tide Competitive Soccer



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT APTOS TIDE COMPETITIVE SOCCER


What is Aptos Tide’s Competitive Soccer Philosophy?
Aptos Tide has a player-centric approach to soccer development. Using the US Soccer Federation's "Play, Practice, Play" approach to coaching sessions, players are encouraged to develop their soccer skills in game-like scenarios so that they can learn to make game time decisions on their own, rather than being told where to be and what to do out on the field. Our coaches are there to guide them with their decision making and encourage them to think for themselves while pushing them to achieve their full soccer potential.

At Aptos Tide we are seeking to develop players to not only love the game of soccer, but also to prepare them technically and tactically for a future in soccer through Junior High, High School, College and beyond.

What is the difference between competitive and recreational soccer?
Recreational soccer is more focused on having fun and and learning the basics of the sport. Competitive soccer is focused on players developing their soccer skills and acumen within a tiered team structure.

Recreational players do not have to attend a tryout and all players who register are assigned to teams.

Aptos Tide Competitive soccer teams are selected through a tryout and evaluation process. Not all players who go through the tryout process are placed on teams.

Competitive soccer is for more advanced soccer players who are interested in developing their soccer skills in a more competitive environment. As a result, players are selected based on ability and soccer acumen.

Do you have to tryout for Aptos Tide’s Competitive Teams?
ALL players must try out to be selected for an Aptos Tide Competitive team, whether new or returning players.

When are tryouts?
Tryouts are being held in May/June 2o21 to select players for Aptos Tide Competitive teams for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 soccer seasons.

Do I need to register for tryouts?
Yes you must register for tryouts on our website at this link: REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS

What happens after I register for tryouts?
A tryout schedule will be posted for the open tryouts for the younger Aptos Tide age groups. For the older age groups, you will be contacted by the coach of your respective age group and invited to a practice format tryout. See below for more information on the tryout process for each age group.

What league does Aptos Tide play in?
Aptos Tide play in District II of the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) league. Within the CYSA league, teams are entered into brackets based on their results and current level of development and play teams of a similar competitive standard within these brackets. The brackets are tiered as follows from highest to lowest:

  • Premier
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Copper

How many teams do Aptos Tide have in each age group?
In the younger age groups, Aptos Tide hopes to form at least two teams at each age group and players are assigned to these teams after tryouts within our tiered system:

  • Aptos Tide Mavericks –This team will likely play in the Gold/Silver/Bronze brackets of the CYSA league. Players who were highest rated during the tryout/evaluation process are selected for this team.
  • Aptos Tide Swell – This team will likely play in the Bronze/Copper brackets of the CYSA league. Following the completion of the “Mavericks” roster, players with the next level of scores from the tryout/evaluation process are selected for this team.
  • Aptos Tide Surge – This team will likely play in the Copper brackets of the CYSA league. Following the completion of the “Mavericks” and “Swell” rosters, players with the next level of scores from the tryout/evaluation process are selected for this team.

How are players selected for Aptos Tide's Competitive soccer teams?
The Tide selection committee uses a formalized evaluation process to assess a player's current level in their soccer development. 
The player evaluation considers the player's technical, tactical, and physical ability, as well as their coachability, commitment & focus.

New players are assessed on their performance at tryouts. Returning players are continuously evaluated to assess their development over the course of the soccer season and this evaluation along with their tryout performance is considered when making team selections.

Following tryouts, the selection committee meets along with the coaches to consider all evaluations and select players for the respective teams within the age group.

If there are enough players to have more than one team in the age group, the “Mavericks” team roster will be filled first with the players who scored highest during the evaluation process, the remaining players are then placed on the “Swell” and “Surge” teams until those rosters are completed, again based on how they ranked during the evaluation process. The number of teams at each age group will depend on the number of available players and coaches.

Unlike recreational soccer, players cannot request which team they want to play on. They are offered a position on a team and then must decide whether they wish to accept this offer.

What format do the tryouts take?
The tryout formats differ slightly as players progress through the age groups. Here is an outline of the tryout process for each age group:

Under 10 & Under 9 Age Groups (2012 & 2013 Birth Years) 7V7 soccer format:

  • Returning players and new players attend two tryouts over two weekends and players are ranked based on their performance at the tryouts. For existing players, evaluations from the prior season are also considered during the selection process.
  • Following the tryout/evaluation process players are notified by the club whether they have been placed on a team and if successful on which team they have been placed.
  • Players and their families then decide whether they want to accept a place on the team on which they have been selected.
  • If there are enough players to have more than one team in the age group, the “Mavericks” team roster will be filled first with the players who scored highest during the evaluation process, the remaining players are then placed on the “Swell” and “Surge” teams until those rosters are completed, again based on how they ranked during the evaluation process
  • Players cannot request which team they want to play on. They are offered a position on a team and then must decide whether or not they wish to accept this offer.

Under 12 & Under 11 Age Groups (2010 & 2011 Birth Years) 9V9 soccer format:

  • Open tryouts are held for all new players and returning "Swell" and "Surge" team players at that age group. These open tryouts are held over two weekends.
  • Players who score well during this tryout process may then be invited to attend a practice format tryout with the "Mavericks" team.
  • Returning players on the "Mavericks" team are required to try out along with any invited players at a "practice" format tryout.
  • Following the tryout process for all teams, the new teams for the upcoming season are then selected. New players are assessed on their performance at tryouts. Returning players are continuously evaluated to assess their development over the course of the soccer season and this evaluation along with their tryout performance is considered when making team selections.
  • Players are then placed on teams within the tiered team structure based on their developmental level as assessed by the tryout and evaluation process.
  • Players cannot request which team they want to play on. They are offered a position on a team and then must decide whether they wish to accept this offer.

Under 13+ Age Groups (2009 Birth Year & Above) 11V11 soccer format:

  • New players register to attend tryouts and are invited to tryout with the existing teams within their age group for a "practice" format tryout.
  • All new and returning players are evaluated at the “practice” format tryout.
  • Following the tryout process for all teams, the new teams for the upcoming season are then selected. New players are assessed on their performance at tryouts. Returning players are continuously evaluated to assess their development over the course of the soccer season and this evaluation along with their tryout performance is considered when making team selections.
  • Players are then placed on teams within the tiered team structure based on their developmental level as assessed by the tryout and evaluation process.
  • Players cannot request which team they want to play on. They are offered a position on a team and then must decide whether they wish to accept this offer.

Do Aptos Tide play year-round?
Yes most teams play both a Spring and Fall season. The Fall season is the focus for Aptos Tide and this runs from August through November. The Spring season runs from March through May and tends to be a “lighter” season with fewer games and fewer practices as players tend to be playing different sports in Spring

What is the level of commitment to play Aptos Tide Soccer?
It is a significant commitment to play competitive soccer for Aptos Tide, especially during the main season in Fall. Players are required to train twice a week and will have one or two games on the weekends. The club also enters several tournaments during the year, which take place over a full weekend, with games Saturday and Sunday. Players are expected to have 100% commitment in Fall and 75% commitment in Spring.

How much does it cost to play for Aptos Tide?
The cost does vary based on how many tournaments the team plays in and whether the team has equipment needs that year (for example a new team will need to purchase balls, training equipment etc. and this cost is shared out among the families on the team). Some teams choose to have paid trainers assist at practices over the course of the season again adding to the cost.

The estimated cost for the Fall season is:

  • $170 registration fees (to cover the cost of insurance, field rental, referees)
  • $250 team fees (to cover the cost of tournament entry, training equipment, match balls). If a team chooses to have a paid trainer, the cost of that will be included in the team fees and could amount to an additional $400 per player.
  • $120 uniform purchase
  • Total = $540

Spring season tends to be in the region of $300 (assuming the players do not need to purchase a new uniform)

Do teams within Aptos Tide train together?
Yes the club is making a big effort for teams, coaches and players to be much more collaborative than we have been in the past. In the coming season “Mavericks”, “Surge” and “Swell” teams within the same age group will hopefully train and scrimmage together as much as possible.

Coaches will work more closely together within each age group, meaning more joint practices and more practice games with each other.

The whole idea is that we build an age group where players and coaches are familiar with each other so that when the teams transition through the different formats of the game as they grow older, 7v7 to 9v9 and ultimately 11v11 the “Mavericks”, “Surge” and “Swell” teams will combine to make one or two Aptos Tide teams.

As players grow older, they move on to different sports/interest, and the number of players declines within the program. By being more collaborative it ensures that we will have at least one team at the 11v11 format in the older age groups.

As the relationship between the teams grow, there may be some movement of players up and down the tiers within the age group; i.e. a player may be excelling on the “Surge” team and the coaches of both teams may agree to invite that player to guest play in a tournament or in a few games with the “Mavericks” team to see if that is a better fit for the player developmentally. Likewise if a player is struggling on the “Mavericks” team, or not able to make the commitment to attend all of the practices or games, or may not wish to travel as much, they may find that playing on the “Surge” or “Swell” teams may be a better fit for them.


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