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When is the right time to go competitive?
Moving to a Competitive soccer team is a per-player consideration and can happen at many different ages. Because Recreational leagues have such a broad spectrum of skill level, for some, recreational play is appropriate for the duration of their soccer playing years. Recreational play also makes sense for multi-sport and one-season per sport athletes.
The players that start to show a competitive edge by maybe getting frustrated by players around them, from lack of skill level or focus, are the players that could potentially have more fun in stronger competition. The player’s desire to focus on soccer, to build on individual skills and advance to the next level, to play year-round and to attend tournaments, this should feel like the next logical step in their development. This can happen at any age, which is why we take on teams from U9 – U18.
Players that are considering making the move, should recognize the commitment: 2 practices per week, weekly games during season on the weekend, upto 2-3 tournaments per season with at least 3 games in a single weekend and teams play at least 2 seasons (Fall & Spring) per year, and possibly some kind of winter play that could involve Futsol or indoor soccer depending on team.
Additionally, families are expected to lend a hand with occasional field days, fundraising efforts, and volunteering at our annual home tournament.
Ready to Join?
Individual players that currently play for a recreational league, looking to join an existing team:
PUSC will hold tryouts for U8 – U12 (birth years 2012 – 2008) on November 17 from 3 – 5pm at Oceana High School. For complete details, see our information page here.
Outside of our tryout period, most teams’ welcome recreational players to attend a practice because it gives them an opportunity to evaluate the player in comparison to the players already on a team. This is also a way to see a Coach’s training philosophy and if your child would fit well with the way the Coaches runs their practices.
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Whole team option:
Teams can choose to stay together and make the transition from rec league to competitive soccer as one. Please reach out to the Director of Coaching at email@example.com
How much does it cost to play tournament soccer?
The minimum annual cost for a new PUSC player is approximately $500. This covers spring and fall league fees, a new home and away uniform, referee fees and three tournaments. If the squad opts to pay their coach or a trainer, the annual cost is likely to be $1,000. Each additional tournament typically costs each family $35 to $50.
Where do you play?
The home fields for PUSC are the soccer pitches at Oceana High School. The fall and spring league games are typically held on Sunday with teams from San Mateo County. (Older squads may need to travel out of County)
Does PUSC play year around?
That depends upon the coach, manager and parents’ preferences. Fall league play occurs from late August to early December. Spring league play occurs from late March to early June. Tournaments typically occur on the third weekend on the month. Some squads take the winter and summer months off, others play futsal or small sided games on the turf.
How do PUSC matches differ from AYSO matches?
AYSO is an excellent organization that focuses on introducing any and all young athletes to the beautiful game of soccer. PUSC focuses on player development and plays in competitive leagues and tournaments.