South County Announces its "Elite" Program
Written by: Brian Bradley
Thursday, September 25, 2014
What is the “Elite” Program?
The Elite Program is designed for players who have achieved the highest level of ability within their age group and gender and who have expressed a high level of commitment to play the game of soccer. An elite player can expect to train more frequently than other programs and throughout the course of the year.
- Elite Program Description
- Elite teams will draw upon a player pool which is greater than the current player pool for most age groups.
- The Elite Program Brand, Coaching and Programming will be distinguishable from today’s travel program.
- For each Age/Gender where an Elite team is created, there will be a travel team option for players who cannot participate due to ability or desired commitment level.
- Although there may be some variability in tournaments/leagues for each Elite team, there will be consistency in the quality of the coaching and competition across all teams.
- There will only be one (1) elite team per age group/gender.
- Program will have a development path which includes a college prep program for age appropriate players.
- Candidate teams for year one:
- Girls U10: Born between8-1-04 to 7-31-05 Coach: GPS
- Girls U11: Born between8-1-03 to 7-31-04 Coach: GPS
- Girls U12: Born between8-1-02 to 7-31-03 Coach : GPS
- Girls U15: Born between8-1-99 to 7-31-00 Coach : GPS
- Girls U16: Born between8-1-98 to 7-31-99 Coach : Tanya Roberts
- Boys U10: Born between8-1-04 to 7-31-05 Coach: Steve Froberg/Brian Bradley
- Boys U11: Born between8-1-03 to 7-31-04 Coach: GPS
- Boys U12: Born between 8-1-02 to 7-31-03 Coach: GPS
- Elite Player Selection:
- Try-outs will be separate from Travel teams’ tryouts to distinguish from town clubs.
- There may be 2 try-out dates (one possibly at WWIS).The dates should precede Travel dates so that player can elect to play on SCYSC Travel team if not selected for Elite.
- Notice shall be given within 3 days from final try-out date.Player commitment must take place within 24 hours of notice and down payment shall be required upon acceptance.
- Player selection will be governed by Club’s Director of Process and Quality.
- Try-outs will be overseen by 3rd party coaches such as GPS, Revs or URI staff.
Elite Program Philosophy & Mission
The mission of the Elite program is to provide advanced soccer players the opportunity to play at a higher level than our current travel program and to reach their individual goals in soccer.The program supports the players by providing technical and tactical training and creating the conditions that players need to develop to their full capacity.The program provides year round player development that focuses on teaching players how to make their own decisions on the field, leading to the genuine understanding of the game that promotes a life-long love of soccer.
- Who are the Coaches and What are their Qualifications? Coaches of Elite teams are expected to have both played the game at a high level as well as achieved coaching success in the past.Coaches shall also have obtained appropriate licensing through a recognized soccer organization in the US, Europe or South America.The nomination of coaches is the responsibility of the Technical Director and final approval is made by the Elite Program Committee.
- Who is the Technical Director: Brian Bradley: After two years of Professional Indoor Soccer with the Cleveland Crunch, Chicago Fire and the Canton Invaders; Bradley continued his soccer career for six years with the APC Rhode Island Stingrays. During that same time, he was the Varsity Coach at Seekonk High School. Bradley attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island. As a four-year standout player, Bradley was named Captain in his senior year. Bradley was recognized for his talent during his four years when he was named to the All New England and All Atlantic 10 Tournament Team in his senior year. Brian has served as an RI Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach for five years and served for a year as the Boys Director for the State ODP. Bradley holds a National "B”
- In Which Leagues and Tournaments Shall Elite teams Participate? Elite teams shall participate in those leagues and tournaments which present the appropriate level of competition for the individual teams.An objective of a given Elite team may be to win the leagues and tournaments in which they enter however the overriding goal is to introduce the team to a level of competition which stretches their abilities i.e. ideally; the collection of games should end with an average goal differential of +/- 2.
- What is the Time Commitment?Although it may vary slightly, players can anticipate training two (2) times per week throughout the year with “down” times scheduled around the winter holidays and in late summer.League and Tournament matches shall take place primarily on weekend days however there may be an occasional matched scheduled for a weekday evening.
- What is the Financial Commitment?
Families of elite players can expect to pay less than $1000.00 for the season beginningSeptember and ending July.
- How are Teams formed and Players selected?
Players are selected by the Elite team coach and the final roster shall be approved by the Elite Program Governing Committee.A coach’s selection criteria shall be based on a collection of inputs including his direct knowledge of a player’s past performance, recommendations from a player’s former coach (es) and an evaluation made during a single or multiple day team try-out.After a team’s final try-out, the coach shall notify all parents whose child player participated in the try-out event (s).This notification shall take place within 72 hours after the final try-out and parents are allowed 24 hours to respond with acceptance before the roster spot is given to the next player candidate.
- Are there Fund-Raising opportunities to defer costs? Each team has an opportunity to raise funds to off-set the overall cost to participate in the Elite program.Fundraising shall be the joint responsibility of team players and parents and facilitated by a parent manager.
- Are there Need-Based Fee Waivers?Fee waivers are available to players whose parents can demonstrate financial need through presentation of documentation such as annual income tax statements and/or approval for school lunch program.In most cases, fee waivers will apply to a part or all of the player registration fee.Recipients of fee waivers may be asked to contribute to the Program through volunteering their time when possible.
- Can I transfer from/to another Town or Premier Club?Transfers from another Club which is a member of Soccer Rhode Island (SRI) are permitted under the conditions set forth by SRI.For mid-season transfers, SRI publishes dates during which transfers are permitted.Additionally, SRI requires transferring players to submit a request for release to the former Club through SRI’s website.Transfers from a Club which is not a member of SRI should consult their former Club or the governing organization for any transfer restrictions.
Transfers from the Elite Program to another team shall not be permitted after a parent/player formally accept to play for an Elite team without written permission from the coach.This applies both to players who have already registered as well as to those players which have accepted a spot on the team’s roster but have not yet registered.
- Is there a Payment Plan available for those players accepted to a team? Upon notification of a player’s acceptance to an Elite team, a player’s spot is only secured upon payment of 25% of the total registration fee.
- Final payment must be received prior to the date of the first match.
- What is the difference between Elite and Premier? Premier Soccer is interpreted differently based on where you are playing.In most areas, premier soccer suggests a higher level of competition and coaching than travel programs.In Rhode Island “Premier Soccer” also indicates that a club offering a premier soccer program can field teams comprised of players from more than 4 soccer towns or jurisdictions as defined by SRI.Whereas town club teams under the age of 12 may not field a team on which the players reside in more than 4 towns.Our Elite Soccer program is aligned with the wider acceptance of the term “premier” without consideration of the constraints placed on the number of towns from which players are drawn to form a team.
- Where are Training Sessions held?The primary indoor training facility shall be Wide World of Indoor Sports (WWIS) located in Quonset, Rhode Island.The primary outdoor training and match competition facility shall be located at Tuckertown Park in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.However other training and match facilities may be designated from time to time based on the discretion of the team coach and Elite Program Committee.
- How does the program prepare players for college? Parents and Players who are rostered on teams ages 14, 15, 16 shall be invited to participate in College Preparatory Seminars held minimally one time per year.These seminars shall provide an overview for how parents and players should interact with college coaches and tips on improving their chances of playing at the collegiate level.Additionally, teams with players aged 15, 16 and 17 shall be entered into a minimum of 2 college show-case tournaments each year to expose them to college coaches seeking to recruit players.
- Are there exceptional player who may need even higher levels of competition and training? If a player performs at a level which greatly exceed the level of play found on a given team, that player may be asked to play either with an older team or be introduced to a program such as the Revolution Academy which provides development opportunities and competition not found within the Elite Program.
- Is there a standard curriculum and development path for Elite Players? Yes, the Program’s Technical Director is responsible for creating a standard curriculum which covers a player’s development from the earliest years through U17.The Technical Director is a paid position which supports the Elite Program through creating a standard and consistent development program and ensuring a high quality of coaching.
- Are guest players welcome? Guest players may be invited to play in a given league or tournament game at the discretion of the team coach.Reasons for inviting a guest player to play with a team may be to ensure that a team has sufficient number of players to be competitive when there are many planned absences, and to allow a guest player the opportunity to experience playing for an Elite team.It is not the policy of the Elite program to invite non-registered, non-paying guest players solely to increase the competitiveness of a given team thereby reducing time on the field for those players who have been previously selected.
- Can I still try out for a Travel Team? Yes, players that try-out for an Elite team will know the results of the player evaluation and be required to commit to the Elite program if selected prior to the travel team try-outs.
South Elite Tryouts/Assessments Dates
Tuesday June 3rd: U15 Girls 5:00pm to 6:30pm WWIS South
Friday June 6th: U15 Girls 6:30pm to 8:00pm Tuckertown Park
Monday June 9th: U16 Girls 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Tuckertown Park
Monday June 9th: U11 Girls 5:00pm to 6:30pm WWIS South
Monday June 9th: U10 Girls 6:30pm to 8:00pm WWIS South
Monday June 9th: U12 Girls 6:30pm to 8:00pm WWIS South
Monday June 2nd: U15 Girls 6:30pm to 8:00pm Tuckertown Park
Wednesday June 11th: U16 Girls 6:30pm to 8:00pm at WWIS South
Friday June 13th: U10 Girls 5pm - 6:30pm Tuckertown Park
Friday June 13th: U11 Girls 6:30pm - 8:00pm Tuckertown Park
Wednesday June 4th: U10 Boys 5:30pm-7:00pm Broadrock Middle School
Tuesday June 10th: U10 Boys 5:00pm-6:30pm WWIS South
Tuesday June 10th: U11 Boys 6:30pm to 8:00pm WWIS South
Thursday June 12th: U12 Boys 5:30pm to 7:00pm WWIS South
Friday June 13th: U11 Boys 5pm - 6:30pm Tuckertown Park
Friday June 13th: U12 Boys 6:30pm - 8:00pm Tuckertown Park
|Birthday Range||Age Group|
|August 1, 2004 - July 31, 2005||U10|
|August 1, 2003 - July 31, 2004||U11|
|August 1, 2002 - July 31, 2003||U12|
|August 1, 2000 - July 31, 2001||U14|
|August 1, 1999 - July 31, 2000||U15|
|August 1, 1998 - July 31, 1999||U16|
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