FAQs

Academy & Select Player Evaluations

What is the purpose of holding player evaluations?

The evaluations help us place the players on a team with other players of similar development.  This enables the coaching staff to put together a lesson plan to benefit all players on a team, not just a few, and allows for better player development.  Evaluators will run players through a series of exercises and drills to assess individual skills, “coachability,” and how the player fits in a team environment.

Do all players need to attend all evaluation dates?

No.  Players are required to attend only one evaluation date, however are encouraged to attend as many dates for their age group as possible.  The more a coach can observe a player, the better a coach can properly evaluate that player.

What is the cost for player evaluations?

  • Evaluations cost $30.00 per player when registering online.**  
  • Walk-up registration is also available for $40.00 per player.  

**SSC offers a $5 discount to any household that has more than one player attending Evaluations. To receive the discount code, please contact Nydia Shelton <info@summervillesoccerclub.com> prior to registering online for Evaluations – be sure to include the number of players registering so the correct discount codes are sent. Parents will receive a response within 24 hours. These codes are time sensitive – be prepared to register your player within 48 hours of receiving the code.

How do players check-in at evaluations?

Players must arrive 30 minutes prior to their first session for proper check-in. All players must be ready to start promptly at the beginning of each session.  Players arriving after the scheduled start time may be turned away and asked to return on the next scheduled night for their age group.

There will be a check-in table in the picnic area with SSC staff. Players will sign in and receive three stickers with their assigned number (one for each evaluation day).  Stickers should be placed on the player’s left front short leg so that they can be seen at all times. Players will then proceed to the training top table to get their evaluation training top.  Training tops must be worn to all evaluation sessions and will later be used as training tops during practices.  Players will proceed to their assigned field and evaluations will start promptly at 6:00pm on weekdays or 10:00am on weekends. 

Can a player be evaluated to “play up”?

All players must attend their first evaluation session for their given birth year.  Players can only then request to be evaluated for an older birth year with SSC Director approval.  The Soccer Federation mandate directs SSC and all soccer clubs to form teams using the new birth year registration format.  Any deviations from birth year placement will be made on an individual basis.  Please see Doug Kifer (Executive Director), David Smith (Director of Academy), or Alister DeLong (Director of Select).

Can parents watch evaluations?

Parents are free to watch evaluations from a distance.  Evaluations can be nerve wracking for some players and having parents further away from the evaluation fields can better allow players to concentrate on drills and scrimmages.  Also, the SSC Executive Director will have a brief talk with parents at the Clubhouse to answer questions.

Who is evaluating the players?

Evaluators include coaches from the player’s age group, as well as SSC staff.

What happens after evaluations?

The coaches will meet and divide up teams. Team placements will be posted online by player number within one week of the final evaluation for each age group. Players will have 72 hours from time of posting to pay a $50.00 registration fee to commit to their team and reserve their spot.  Upon registration, the player will receive additional registration and payment information including required paperwork. Coaches will also have a team meeting soon after teams are formed to go over necessary information. Some coaches will have kick-arounds or informal practices during the summer; others may choose to wait until the season starts in August.

Is this $50.00 registration fee new?

Yes. The registration fee is new – the Board of Directors voted in for the 2016-2017 year.  This is the first increase in fees in some time and allows players to commit to their Academy/Select team in a timely manner prior to the start of club fees.  It is designed to cover the cost of administrative fees at SSC.

Is there a payment schedule for club fees?

Yes.  This is available online at www.summervillesoccerclub.com.  Installment payments are available.  For 2016-2017, Academy players have a yearly club fee of $600 (season only $350); U13/14 Select players have a yearly club fee of $900; and U15-U18 Select players have a Fall season club fee of $550.  Installment plans will be further detailed in player emails, post-registration and online, and vary based on program.  Club fees represent the cost of paying coaches, club personnel, SCYSA fees (team and player), field maintenance, utilities, and other associated club costs.

What are team fees?

Team fees are the cost each individual team must pay to attend tournaments, pay referee league fees, and pay additional coach’s costs for traveling.  These fees will be determined by the amount of league games and tournaments played.  These fees are paid to the team manager and not the club.  At the start of the Fall and Spring seasons, the team manager will notify the team of required team fees and the payment schedule.  Team fees generally average from $120 to $250.

What about uniforms?

This year is the “fill-in” year for the uniform cycle at SSC.  Thus, only new SSC players for Academy and Select programs will be required to purchase uniforms, as this is our second year of the Puma Speed kit.  Of course, returning players can purchase additional/replacement uniform pieces as needed.  Once teams are formed, player numbers will be coordinated and the team manager will notify you of ordering instructions through Eurosport, our online retailer.  Uniforms typically have an average cost of $100.00 although some teams chose (as a team) to order optional uniform jerseys, shorts, or socks.  Again, this will be discussed at a team meeting with your coach and team manager.  Additionally, Academy and Select players are required to wear a red training top at all training sessions.  Players receive a training top at evaluations and additional training tops can be purchased for $15.00 each at the start of the Fall season.

Do you have Financial Aid?

Yes.  SSC offers financial aid as allowed by club revenue.  Forms are available at the club website (www.summervillesoccerclub.com) under the “Forms” section.  Completed financial aid forms are due by June 1st and all financial aid decisions will be made by June 16, 2016.

Academy Program FAQs

What is Academy soccer?

SSC’s Academy program recognizes that young players’ soccer skills progress in different ways and in different time frames than that of their older counterparts. The Academy program emphasizes a “player development” approach rather than a strict competitive environment. Players are evaluated and placed on teams with same-aged players of similar ability in order to promote growth and development. Both the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) have endorsed this method of teaching soccer.

What are Academy expectations?

It is expected that each Academy player is expected to be a positive influence at practice by demonstrating discipline, enthusiasm, and positive support. Academy players are expected to attend all practices and games, barring any emergencies.

When does the season start?

Players are enrolled in the Academy program for a full year, which includes a fall and spring season. The fall season starts around the beginning of August and concludes sometime in November, depending on tournament and league schedules. The spring season starts around the beginning of January and concludes sometime in May depending on tournament and league schedules.

What are the age divisions?

SSC’s Academy program includes ages U8 through U12. SSC reserves the right to not offer a specific age group if adequate numbers are not available to field a team. Qualified players may be asked to play up one age division. To determine age division, refer to the US Soccer Birth Year & Season Matrix.

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Are there tryouts for the Academy program?

The Academy Program is for playersU8-U12 and evaluations are conducted for this age group. The Academy Program will follow a “no cut” policy as recommended by the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA). Every player who wishes to join the program is accepted unless the numbers exceed the coaching limitations or number of players do not warrant team placement. Refer to the Academy & Select Player Evaluations FAQs for more specific information regarding Academy tryouts.

How are teams put together in an age division?

Players are evaluated and placed on teams with same-aged players of similar ability. Player placement and movement will be done at the discretion of SSC Leadership and coaching staff in order to promote growth and development of each player. The Academy format allows for player movement for games at all ages. In the case of absent players we can fill the roster with another player in the Academy as long as that player does not exceed the age limit.

When are training sessions? What are practice expectations?

Academy training sessions will begin in August. Academy players train two times per week. Specific training schedules are not determined until August and will be communicated by coaches to parents. SSC’s Academy training sessions center around progression activities during a 60-90 minute session with the encouragement of spending the last 20-30 minutes of training in match conditions against the same age group and gender. This is consistent with SCYSA recommendations for youth soccer training.

What are the costs associated with the Academy program?

Please click here for a breakdown of the specific costs of the Academy program.

Is travel required during the season?

Teams in the Academy program will play approximately 30-35 games per season (8 tournament games, 10 fall season games, 10 spring season games, match friendlies). The majority of games are played on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Like many club teams, Academy teams may be required to travel to other cities for games including Columbia, Sumter, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort/Hilton Head, etc.; however, every effort will be made to keep travel time to a minimum.

What is the typical format of tournament and league games?

U8-U10: 6v6 – two 25-minute halves and a 60×40-yard field size

U11 & U12: 8v8 – two 30-minute halves and an 80×50-yard field size

Select Program FAQs

What is Select Soccer?

SSC’s Select program is designed for the highest skilled players who need to develop and compete alongside players with equal skill, ability and commitment level. For players seeking to play on Select teams in the U13 -U19 age groups, SSC will, based on quality number of players, field as many as two Select teams in each age group for both boys and girls. The Select program emphasizes a “continued player development” approach in a strict competitive environment.

What kind of commitment is required from the player?

Each individual team has their own set of rules that need to be followed in addition to any and all SSC specific rules and policies. Generally speaking, players are expected to be at all practices and games unless previously excused by their coach. Players travel throughout the state as representatives of SSC and their families, and are expected to be on their best behavior, as well as to get proper rest and nutrition prior to a match in order to perform to the best of their ability.

When does the season start?

Both boys’ and girls’ players are enrolled in the Select program for a full year for U13-U14 and fall season only for U15-U18. Fall season starts around the beginning of August and concludes in December depending on tournament and league schedules. Spring season starts in January and concludes in April.

What are the age divisions?

The Select program includes boys U13-U19 and girls U13-U19. Select teams in the U13 -U19 age groups will be based on quality number of players. SSC reserves the right to not offer a certain age group if adequate numbers are not available to field a team. Qualified players may be asked to play up one age division and upon SSC Leadership approval, under the new age-based year system, a maximum of two years. To determine age division, refer to the US Soccer Birth Year & Season Matrix.

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Are there tryouts for the Select program?

The particular SSC team to which a potential player ends up being rostered is determined during Select tryouts. Following tryout evaluation, if it is determined by our Director of Select Soccer and the Select Coaching Staff that a player’s skill set and abilities are such that he or she will benefit from involvement in the Select program, the player will be offered a roster slot on an SSC Select team, appropriate for the player’s skill level, age and development needs. Refer to the Academy & Select Player Evaluations FAQs for more specific information regarding Select tryouts.

How are teams put together for a Select team?

Through tryouts, players making a Select team are placed on teams with same-aged players of similar ability. Player placement and movement will be done at the discretion of the Director of Select Soccer and Select coaching staff to promote growth and development of each player. The Select Coaching Staff will select the players needed to field the most competitive team in each age group and place the best players (up to 18) on a corresponding Select team.

Can players be placed up an age division?

All players must tryout in their respective age division; however, a Select player, as determined by the Director of Select Soccer and the Select Coaching Staff, who has the skill to compete in a higher age division, may be placed one age division up and under the new age-based year, up to two age groups. Our Select Program focuses on continued player development and team improvement when making team placement decisions. 

When are training sessions? What are practice expectations?

Select soccer training typically starts the beginning of August. Select teams will train three times per week. Specific training schedules are not determined until August and will be communicated by coaches to parents. SSC’s training sessions center around progression activities during a 90 minute session with the encouragement of spending the last 20-30 minutes of training in match conditions against the same age group. This is consistent with SCYSA recommendations for youth soccer training.

How much time and financial commitment can be expected?

Time and financial commitment depend on the level of play – Classic or Challenge. Most teams will travel throughout the state for games on weekends, as well as in-state and out-of-state tournaments throughout the season. There are typically ten (or more) regular season games in addition to two or three tournaments per season. Teams train three times per week for approximately 90 minutes.

What are the costs associated with the Select Program?

Please click here  for a breakdown of the specific costs of the Select program.

What is the typical format of tournament and league games?

U13 and U14: 11v11 – two 35-minute halves and a 110×70-yard field size

U15 to U18: 11v11 – two 40-minute halves and a 120×70-yard field size

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