FAQs – Competitive

Competitive FAQs

Is My Child & Family Ready For Competitive Soccer?

Before committing to a competitive soccer team, you should evaluate several things about your child and your lifestyle:
• Am I, the parent, willing to make the financial commitment of the club fees for a seasonal year?
• Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to two practices per week 5-10 minutes prior to practice during the season? BSC competitive teams typically practice mid-July through May. Winter season will typically be only one practice per week with off-weeks depending on which winter league a team participates.
• Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to games 20-30 minutes before scheduled games on the weekend?
• Does my child have time in their schedule? Can he/she balance school, homework, school sports and/or other extracurricular activities to commit to a competitive team?
• Does my child want to play soccer competitively?
• Is my child ready for the higher speed and physical play of competitive soccer?

If you answered Yes to the above, then Brookside Soccer Club competitive is right for you!

Who Should Tryout?

BSC competitive teams welcome any recreational or competitive soccer player in the Kansas City metropolitan area who wants to play at some of the highest levels in youth soccer.  BSC wants players with the dedication and desire to train and develop their skills.

What Is The Annual Cost?

The annual cost for each player for 2017-2018 is $1,400 or approximately $150/month and covers the player from July 2017 through May 2018.

Payment plans are available for full payment, monthly or quarterly.  Credit cards and checks are accepted for payment.  

BSC is a non-profit organization and fees are to cover team and player costs. The BSC fees are inclusive versus an initial club fee and incremental for each activity of team.  

Player annual costs include all of the following:

•Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) player registration.
• Player insurance through MYSA.
• Professional coaching.
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Skills academy in fall and spring.  Six to seven weeks of SAQ (speed, agility and quickness) training included in fees for BSC competitive players.  Sessions will be held during the week on alternate days to provide player options on attendance.
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Goalie-specific training with professional coach.
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Practice field for fall and spring at the state of the art turf fields at Swope Soccer Village.  Practice is held twice per week in fall and spring. Winter indoor practice is one hour per week at TeamWork Sports.
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Fall league with Heartland Soccer Association, one of the largest leagues in the USA.  Teams are divisionally divided to offer competitive play and opportunity for development.
• Spring league with Heartland Soccer Association, one of the largest leagues in the USA.  Teams are divisionally divided to offer competitive play and opportunity for development.
• Winter league of either indoor soccer, futsal or outdoor soccer.
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Two in-town tournaments for team. Most teams schedule one in the fall and one in the spring. U8 level players will have one tournament scheduled in the spring. 

A team does have the option to vote to attend additional tournaments (either in town or our of town) if desired by coach/players. If a team chooses an additional tournament, these incremental costs would be divided among the team players. Out-of-town tournament costs would include tournament fee and coach travel costs. Family and player travel expenses would be handled individually. 

A uniform kit is required for BSC competitive players.  The uniform kit is renewed in odd numbered years and good for two seasons, therefore this season (2017-2018) will be a new kit. 

The uniform kit is $215 for 2017-2018 and includes the following:

• Home game jersey
• Away game jersey
• One pair of game shorts
• One pair of game socks
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One practice jerseys
• One practice shorts
• One pair of practice socks 

 The club also offers optional items such as:

• Club warm up jacket and pants
• Club bag
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Club spirit wear

A team may also choose to purchase an optional monochromatic black long-sleeved game jersey. Some teams have expressed an interest in this additional option and is available for purchase if a team votes to include. You may see items for sale HERE.

The club continues to explore sponsorship and fundraising opportunities to offset player costs and grow scholarship funds.  

How Does BSC Form Teams?

Brookside Soccer Club implemented a tiered-team model beginning in the 2015-2016 season. The Club’s objective is to place players in the best situation to be successful, as well as challenging them along the way. We want players to build a strong foundation and cohesiveness as they progress through age groups. 

While we intend to form winning teams, BSC’s greater commitment is in the development and training of our players. BSC’s stance is for players to be assigned to teams based on their actual age group. Physiological changes do occur rapidly in certain age groups and we want our players to develop properly, both physically and mentally. 

BSC works with the Heartland Soccer Association to position our teams in a challenging division. The goal is not “winning”, per se, but the development of our players. A team who dominates every team in their division is not properly challenged in game situations and skills. 

Team Process
• Coaches are tiered assigned by age/gender, i.e. Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, etc.
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The Tier 1 coach receives the first pick of players during tryouts to fill out the best team possible for their age group and assigned division. Players are selected on their skill level, their potential and with the team’s synergy in mind. The Tier 2 coaches will then complete their teams, and so on. All coaches within each age group are involved in this process.
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oaches may provide some opportunities throughout the season for players to guest play on higher-tiered teams as these players show faster development.

Where Will Games Be Played?

Fall and spring season games played under the umbrella of the Heartland Soccer Association at fields they rent in KCMO, Overland Park, Olathe and Lee’s Summit.

Games are scheduled at Swope Soccer Village, Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, Heritage Soccer Park and Legacy Park.

Winter game locations will depend on the league selected by coach, with most being in the Overland Park area.

Where Will We Practice?

Fall and spring practice is at Swope Soccer Village. The coaches arrange for practice times with the BSC scheduler. Competitive teams practice two days per week in addition to their weekly games.

Winter practice moves indoors to TeamWork Sports in Waldo.  Most competitive teams practice only one hour on one day per week in the winter, with off-weeks for holidays. Game schedules will depend on the league and session the team chooses for indoor or outdoor soccer or futsal.   

How Do I Register For Competitive Tryouts?

Registration for BSC competitive tryouts is done via BSC’s Blue Sombrero registration system. A family account must be set up and then any participant that wants to tryout must be added to the account. The registration contains basic information such as family contacts and player details.

The same family account can be used for all BSC programs — competitive, recreational and camps/clinics. If you don’t currently have a family account, go to Log In/Register at the top right of our website.

See “How Do I Access BSC Family Account” in FAQs for more information.

The Register Now button should be used to select BSC programs for registration.

Register copy

 

For competitive team tryouts, select the program 2017-2018 BSC Competitive Tryouts.

What Are Player Age Divisions?

The age divisions are based on calendar year versus school year.

A player cannot be older than the last day of the birth year for the listed age division. For example, a U10 player must be born on or after January 1, 2008.

The other mandates from US Soccer include small-sided games and concussion initiatives to eliminate heading in lower age divisions.


If you would like more information on age division and concussion initiative being implemented by youth soccer in the US, there is an interview with World Class Coaching’s Tom Mura who interviews Heartland Soccer’s Shane Hackett, Brookside Soccer’s Nick Garcia, Kansas Youth Soccer’s Chris Duke and Sporting KC Academy’s Jon Parry.

Listen to Interview

What Are Team Roster Sizes?

Team roster sizes are determined by the age division of the team. BSC competitive teams participate in the Heartland Soccer Association (HSA) league in the fall and spring and follow mandated roster limits for the number of players who may dress for games. 

BSC roster is the optimum for a team to provide for development of our players.

What Is A Team Manager?

A team manager is a volunteer role of a player’s parent. They assist the coach with communication to the team’s parents; registration and tournament check-in; game-day processes, such as completing roster cards; and making winter league and practice arrangements. The manager also handles the team’s bank account, paying any fees on behalf of the team and making deposits of any checks.

BSC offers a player discount of $200 to the children of team managers. The manager discount is applied directly to the family’s account (half in July 2017 and half in April 2018).

Are There Needs-Base Scholarships?

BSC offers needs-based scholarships. The Club strives to expand scholarship opportunities through sponsorships and fundraisers. The application process is confidential and is evaluated and awarded by BSC’s Executive Director based on available scholarship funds and applicants.

Parents should apply for scholarships on the BSC website at Competitive/Scholarship Application prior to competitive tryouts.

Can My Child Play In Both the Recreational and Competitive Leagues?

We realize players who make competitive teams still have friends who play recreational and would like to continue to play with them. Players will be allowed to play on both a competitive and recreational team.  In the event of any game or practice conflicts, the competitive team should take precedence.

How Do I Access BSC Family Account?

A family account is for registration for any of the programs offered by the Brookside Soccer Club (BSC). This includes recreational league, competitive tryouts, high school and adult leagues and many clinics and camps for soccer development.

 

The contact information on the account is where email notices will be sent for club information, BSC league and practice weather information and player evaluation (competitive). It can be updated at any time.

 

To access BSC family account – go to brooksidesoccer.org and select Log In/Register

 

 

Player portal will display:

 

 

Sign In

• Enter user ID and password

• Select Sign In

 

There are options if have forgotten user name and password to reset for account.

 

If new to BSC, see instructions below to add a new family account.

 

Family Account
A screen similar to below will display with participants for a family. This screen is a summary of family participants, account balance and is where can update contact information.

 

Check contact information (red oval) – the account email and phone number will be used for BSC notices and provided to coach or team manager for communication. Select the Edit Account Info (gear symbol) in top right to review and update account primary and secondary parent name, address, email, phone.

 

For competitive teams – the contact information will be as contact for coach to call and email offer. It will also be used for player Zoom Report evaluations on player strengths and development.

 

Primary Account contact

Secondary Account contact

 

There is an option to provide two separate usernames and passwords for parents to same participants if needed. Contact Competitive@BrooksideSoccer.org to activate.

 

Register Now! is for registration to all the program available by participant with Brookside Soccer.

 

If new to Brookside Soccer Club – Add new family account

• Select Register Now to set up new family account

• Complete account information such as user id and password

• Complete parent information including name, address, cell, email and gender. Should include both parents if want for team contacts. Note – if desired player account can be set up with two user id/passwords for joint ownership.

• Add participant information (children and/or parents) including name and birthday. Address if different from parents. The participants are those going to register for any BSC program such as recreational league, competitive tryouts, high school or adult league or any camp or clinic.

If you have specific questions not included above, please contact Competitive@BrooksideSoccer.org.