Competition Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS COMPETITIVE SOCCER?
Competitive soccer is designed for those players who wish to play soccer at a higher level of competition. Teams are often referred to as traveling teams because they play half of their league games out of town. There are different levels of play for competition teams, Premier, Gold, Silver and Bronze, Bronze is designed for teams just starting in the program. Teams range in age from Under-9 to Under-19 and include both boys and girls teams. Teams are usually Ďage pureí meaning there are divisions for Under-10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18 and Under-19. Players on occasion can "play up" in age group.
HOW ARE COMPETITIVE TEAMS CHOSEN?
Coaches apply each year for a competitive team. The DYSL Board of
Directors approves the list of coaches, who then hold tryouts. Every
player may try out for a team. After the try out process, coaches
will contact each player to inform him or her if they have made a
WHO DO THE COMPETITIVE TEAMS PLAY?
For the most part, the competitive program is run by DYSLís
parent organization, the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) or US Club Soccer. DYSL
teams play against in cities as far way as San Jose, but could be playing in Oakland, Hayward,
Lafayette/Orinda, Walnut Creek and Concord, plus the East Diablo
Soccer League in Oakley/Brentwood. Leagues and schedules are made up
by the district and usually include a ten game schedule with
approximately half of the games out of town.
HOW LONG IS THE COMPETITION
Most competition teams play throughout the year. The Fall
season runs from early September to mid-November of each year.
Teams have the option of playing in the Spring season which runs from March to June.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF COMPETITION
First, it must be understood that playing competitive soccer
requires a higher commitment level than recreational soccer. This
additional commitment is both from a time and dedication standpoint,
and a financial one. Teams often travel to out of town tournaments and
games. Most teams practice throughout the year. Second, unlike the
home or recreational leagues, competitive soccer is comprised of the
best players available and not all players will have sufficient skill
levels to play at this higher level. The coaches of each team make the
final decision on who to carry on their roster.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO PLAY
The 2015 registration fee is $400. This includes insurance, league
games (many on turf fields), practice fields and referee costs for the fall season. Cost to
play spring is $175 per player. There are other
costs as well. For example, two sets of uniforms (an absolute
necessity at tournaments), warm-up suits and team bags are purchased. The costs of tournaments is borne by each team. The
league pays for one tournament each year and there is a cost in gas,
lodging and meals for out of town tournaments. Some coaches or team
parents hold fund raisers to pay for these additional costs.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MAKE A COMPETITIVE TEAM?
Any player that does not make a competitive team will be placed
back into the home league program and any difference in cost will be
HOW CAN I DETERMINE IF A TEAM IS AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILD?
The Competition page of the website list each of the coaches and the
age groups for which we anticipate having teams. You can either 1)
contact the coach directly; 2) contact the Competition Director; 3) inquire at normal league
registrations or; 4) contact us through this website. We encourage you
to make contact with the appropriate coach and discuss any questions
you may have about how the team is managed.
IF I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS MY CHILDíS COACH, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
We always want to hear from you without respect to the news
being great or not so great. Initially you should discuss any issues
with the Competition Director, Vladi Hernandez, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.