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Informational Letter to MCSA Parents

04/14/2016, 8:00am CDT
By Bryan Drotar, CSC Director of Coaching

MCSA Parents,

MCSA and the Clarksville Soccer Club (CSC) work closely together. Our organizations exist and work hard to provide opportunities for every skill level in youth soccer to all Montgomery County youth.

We at CSC love MCSA and the soccer it provides. In fact most of us either started are children with MCSA or still have younger players involved with MCSA. My own son is on a U10 MCSA team.

This letter is a bit lengthy, but for those of you who want to know more about what other soccer opportunities exist in Clarksville, I wanted to provide you useful information.

I will be at the Gazebo on April 23 to answer any questions you may have about competitive soccer.

MCSA

MCSA handles the recreational side of soccer (teams that stay in town and are coached by volunteers, mostly parents).

At some point, (each family should be the judge), many children reach a point where they would like a more competitive environment.

Take some time as a family, figure out where your child is developmentally. As you sort it through answer the question: Why does your child play? What is the parental motivation for having your child play? How your family answers these questions, should help you determine what to do.

If your child is looking for more soccer outside of MCSA there are a couple of other opportunities to consider.

CSC Academy

The CLARKSVILLE SOCCER CLUB YOUTH ACADEMY is a fundamental skill development program from children ages 4-12 years of age. We offer 3 segments per year that run between 8-12 weeks.  We offer open enrollment throughout the year. You can register at any time for any segment. No experience required. 

The Academy program is run through CSC by Coach Kelley Guth. It is an extra day of training open to CSC players and MCSA players.

I like that it is an option for families both on the recreational side, the club side and for those who do both. It gives your family the ability to get some great extra training if your child wants it.

Cost: One time annual registration of $45. Players can enroll for one, two or three seasons.

  • Fall season: $80

  • Winter season: $100

  • Spring season: $80

You can find out more information about the Academy program and how to register at CSC Academy.

Clarksville Soccer Club (CSC)

CSC handles the competitive side (teams that travel outside of Clarksville and are coached by paid professional coaches).

Our goal at CSC is to provide a competitive soccer experience for children and families who have a desire for the next level of soccer. Our teams are broken up by birth year. Our oldest teams next year will have players born in 1998 and our youngest are for those born in 2009.

We have tryouts for our upcoming the 2016-2017 season coming soon. Tryouts are according to the year your child was born.

I know concerns about competitive soccer can be unsettling for families. There are worries about many issues including: will a team form at my child’s age, who will the coach be, is my child good enough, what is the cost, what is the time commitment, etc…

Trust me you are not alone if you have felt these anxieties. We have 400 children playing with CSC and each of those families has been in your position and unsure what to do next.

I have styled the rest of this email in a question and answer format to help you with the biggest questions and concerns parents have. If I miss something you need to know, my email is at the end of the email.

When are tryouts?

  • May 23-26: 2005-2009

  • June 6-9: 1998-2004

For exact times go to, CSC Tryouts.

How do I register my child for tryouts?

To register your child, just send me an email, bryan.drotar@gmail.com and let me know you were planning to attend. This helps me to prepare ahead of time. It also allows you to ask any questions you may have. You are welcome to just show up the day of tryouts as well and register on site.

Where are tryouts?

Heritage Soccer Park

Where are practices?

Most practices will be either at Heritage Soccer Park or Life Point Church (Rossview Rd).

What is the time commitment? How many practices and games?

The commitment is from August 1 – May 31.

To see the list of teams and coaches, click on www.clarksvillesoccerclub.com. Click on the “Team” tab and then on

These are in PDF format. Look for your child’s age group and you will be able to see how many practices, games and tournaments there will be in 2016-2017.

What is the cost?

FEES for U8 (2009’s)

ANNUAL ONE-TIME REGISTRATION FEE:         $80

UNIFORM FEE:                                                        $65-80

MONTHLY CLUB FEES:                                          $50.00/MONTH X 1O PAYMENTS=$500 for the year

ADDITIONAL FEES: Total amount for particular event is divided equally amongst the # of players participating on the roster for that particular activity. 

 

FEES for U9 and Up (2008’s and up)

ANNUAL ONE-TIME REGISTRATION FEE:         $130

UNIFORM FEE:                                                        $65-80

MONTHLY CLUB FEES:                                          $65.00/MONTH X 1O PAYMENTS=$650 for the year

ADDITIONAL FEES: Total amount for particular event is divided equally amongst the # of players participating on the roster for that particular activity. 

ALL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL TO AND FROM COMPETITIONS, HOTELS, FOODS, GAS ETC ARE ADDITIONAL EXPENSES AND ARE THE RESPONBLITY OF THE PLAYER/PARENTS. 

  • These additional fees usually total approximately $30-50 per month, depending on the age of the team and events that month.

Are there Scholarships?

Yes, this past year CSC gave out approximately $13,000 in scholarships to help our families. You can find information about the scholarship application at CSC Financial Aid.

Will a team form at my child’s age and what division will that team be? Who will the coach be?

To see the list of teams and coaches, click on www.clarksvillesoccerclub.com. Click on the “Team” tab and then on “2016-2017 Teams”. 

We have at least one team at every age group and gender. Tryouts for these teams are open to MCSA players. Almost all of the current CSC players began with MCSA or other recreational soccer programs.

What if my child does not make a team in his/her age group?

At tryouts, we will consider making other second teams by combining age groups if we have enough players to realistically do that. I will name coaches to those teams as we form them. These teams are a great opportunity to transition from MCSA to competitive soccer for the first time.

I will do my best to place as many children as possible who don’t make a first team on a skill appropriate team. There are unfortunately children do not make a CSC team. This would happen for three reasons.

  1. Skill level of the player is below the basic level for competitive soccer.

  2. Poor attitude, behavioral issues or lack of commitment.

  3. The child did not make the first team and we are unable to form an appropriate second team in their age range.

Why would I want to spend all this money for my child to be on a second team?

  1. Though parents rarely like to hear this; it is where your child belongs with regard to their skill and will ultimately have the most success and enjoyment. For example, if we took all of our first teams to a bigger club, many would become second or third teams. Does that mean our players would be lesser people or have a lesser experience? Of course not. Players should be placed in the best situation for them to have fun and enjoy the game of soccer.

  2. All of our coaches regardless of team are and will be licensed, professional coaches who will enable your child to develop their skills and learn the game of soccer.

Is it all just “Political”?

Honestly this is the most overrated myth purported by parents in every sport across the country where there are tryouts. Does it happen that a child is selected because of who they know or who they are? Yes, but rarely. 99% of coaches I have known over the years, want two things; a successful team and to enjoy their team. At CSC, we will do all we can to mitigate false perceptions from the parent end and any “political” selections based on our end. Yet, I know from experience, some parents will believe what they want to believe.

Looking from the sidelines at tryouts, there are somethings I just don’t understand about tryouts.

Here are a few items to help you understand tryouts and team selection.

The tryout format:

Two to three coaches will be evaluating each age group. This will include, if possible, the coach of the team. The evaluators will be taking notes on every player and ranking them. The head coach has the most influence in this process. The extra set of eyes do two things:

  1. Make sure the process is fair.

  2. The tryout selection of a team almost always comes down to the last 2-4 players who make a team over the 2-4 who don’t. When you see the evaluators discussing, it is usually only about a handful of players. Having multiple coaches help us to make the best decision.

What is the session format for tryouts?

The session is laid out simply, because the intention is not to coach, but to evaluate.

  1. Warm up: Individual ball skills, moves.

  2. Small sided games (3v3 or 4v4)

  3. Large games

When will we be notified about the team selection?

The 2005-2009’s tryout dates are May 23-26. The rosters of those who made those teams will be placed on the Clarksville Soccer website by June 2.

The 1998-2004 tryout dates are June 6-9. The rosters of those who made those teams will be placed on the Clarksville Soccer website by June 16.

How do we register to play for next year after my child has made a team?

This year we are doing something new. We are having CSC Commitment Days. We will use these evenings to celebrate the new teams, get all paperwork done, have uniforms available to try on and order, and answer questions. We are very excited about this evening. Please mark it on your calendars. We will be getting you more information about Commitment Days closer to time.

June 21: 2005-2009’s

June 23: 1998-2004’s

 

I hope to see many of you at tryouts. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I will be at the Gazebo on April 23 to answer any questions you may have about competitive soccer.

 

Bryan Drotar

Clarksville Soccer Club (CSC) Director of Coaching

bryan.drotar@gmail.com

www.clarksvillesoccerclub.com

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