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2019/2020 COMPETITIVE PROGRAM EVALUATIONS (TRY-OUTS)

Please note: U15 - U19 (Only) Weekend Dates are tentative and will be finalized in the near future.

Thank you for your interest in high-level Competitive Soccer for the 2019-20 Season with IMPACT Soccer Club (ISC).  For the 2018-19 season:

  • ISC fielded  20 Competitive Teams that participated in the US Club sanctioned NorCal and NPL (National Premier League) playing leagues.
  • We field teams in all age groups and in some age groups field both a 1st and 2nd team. These teams are identified by our soccer club colors as ISC Forest Green, White, and Black.
  • This past year we had three of our U14-U18 teams played at the highest level offered in NorCal, participating in the NPL (National Premier League.)
  • ISC had a great deal of success in the 2017-18 season, winning tournaments throughout California, and showing well in League play.
  • In 2018-19, we expect to field between 26-30 competitive teams, along with our Jr. Academy for players 4-7.
  • We also offer a Goalkeeper Academy, and Skills Center to help our players develop and achieve. 

We have an outstanding group of coaches which consists of current and former college and high school coaches, high level competitive soccer coaches, as well as former college and IMPACT soccer players. Many of our staff members played high level soccer and can demonstrate the skill development needed for our players.  

The club developed the following list of questions to provide information about our Competitive Program. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Director of Coaching (DOC), Tom Ginocchio at: doc@impactsoccer.org

FAQ'S

IS THERE ANY COST TO ATTEND TRYOUTS?

No, IMPACT soccer tryouts are free and open to everyone. 

WHAT WILL BE THE FORMAT FOR TRYOUTS?

IMPACT tryouts are supervised by the Director of Coaching and are conducted by our professional and training staff. The players will be evaluated on their abilities in four areas: 

  • Technical
  • Tactical
  • Psychological
  • Physical

Commitment to the Club and the sport of soccer will also be considered. 

NOTE: There will be at least three tryout sessions for each age group. It is recommended that players attend all three tryouts (or as many as possible) to give the coaching staff the best opportunity to properly place each player with an IMPACT team. Exceptions: If you are excused for medical or family reasons by the Director of Coaching (DOC.) Players will tryout in their appropriate age level unless given specific approval by the DOC prior to the start of tryouts. Even if the criteria is met, the player must still attend the first tryout for their age appropriate group and then they may attend the older age group. Parents and players may not request a specific team placement.

All players attending tryouts MUST register online prior to participating in tryouts. 

All players must check-in at each tryout session. Players should arrive 15 minutes early to complete the on-site check-in process and properly warm-up. Players should not wear any gear that shows any club or team affiliation.

HOW WILL TRYOUT RESULTS BE COMMUNICATED?

Every player who participates in at least two tryouts will receive a call or email from a coach in your age group. Player assignments to the Green team for an age group will be concluded no later than three (3) days following the last tryout. The Black team will then have three (3) days to notify players. Our goal is to have all teams formed and communications sent out within 7-10 days.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPETITIVE SOCCER AND RECREATIONAL (HOUSE) SOCCER?

The major difference is the level of competition and commitment required by both families and participating players. All competitive teams (Premier to Copper) require an increased time, financial, and training commitment by our players. Benefits include:

  • 3x per week training
  • Professional coaching/training
  • Teammates who are committed to improving the team's skills and performance
  • Skill Center training
  • Play against better competition
  • Play more games against a variety of clubs

DOES IMPACT SC PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE (NPL)?

Yes, IMPACT SC is an NPL Member Club. The NPL is our State's Premier League and the highest level of NorCal Premier Soccer. As a member club, our U14's Auto-Qualify for NPL. NPL hosts two college showcasae events where over 150 college coaches came to recruit this past season. Also, over 200 players from NorCal Premier committed to play soccer. The IMPACT SC U12's and U13's are our pre-NPL age groups, committed to preparing for NPL soccer at U14. IMPACT SC is the ONLY NPL club in our area!

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR ISC COMPETITIVE SOCCER TEAMS?

Soccer has become a year-round sport, but we feel it is important for our players to be well rounded with other activities and sports. At higher level, and as players get older, soccer should become their primary sport. Teams train 3x per week starting shortly after tryouts end (early June.) Training continues throughout the year. Games are usually played on Saturdays and/or Sundays during both tournament and league seasons. There will be two club breaks, June 17th - July 8th, and another in December which is built around the holiday season. When their team is participating in Fall or Spring League, tournaments, and training; players need to make every effort to support their fellow teammates and the commitment they made to IMPACT Soccer Club. Team breaks will be scheduled by the coach with Club approval. 

SEASON COMMITMENT: ALL players are committed to their team for the ENTIRE season which ends with the last competitive game in the Spring.  This will be either their final Spring League or State Cup game, whichever is latest.

HOW MUCH DO COMPETITIVE TEAMS TRAVEL?

Most U8-U13 teams play is local (within 60 minutes of Brentwood/Oakley/Discovery Bay.) Most U14-U19 league games are within 45-90 minutes of Brentwood/Oakley/Discovery Bay, and some teams can travel out of Northern California 1-2 times a year for tournaments. 

HOW WILL TEAMS BE FORMED IN EACH AGE GROUP? WHAT IS MEANT BY GREEN AND BLACK TEAMS?

Teams will be formed in the following sequence:

  1. A Premier/Gold/Silver 1st team is formed - IMPACT Green (age pure or age mixed.)
  2. A Gold/Silver/Bronze/Copper 2nd team is formed - IMPACT Black (age pure or age mixed.)

WHAT WILL BE THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FOR GREEN AND BLACK LEVEL TEAMS?

2019 Competitive Player Fees

Age Group (Birth Year) Non-Refundable Registration Fee Training Fees
U8 (2012) $225 $775 (plus processing fees)
U9 - U11 (2011 - 2009) $225 $1225 (plus processing fees)
U12 - U19 (2008 - 2001) $225 $1525 (plus processing fees)
National Premier League (NPL) $225 $1775 (plus processing fees)

Training fee payments can be spread evenly over seven months: July, 2019 - Jan. 2020.

Discounts: Competitive training fees are discounted $150 on the second player if you have a sibling also playing competitive soccer at IMPACT SC. The Competitive Training Fee is discounted $50 if you pay all seven installments at once, with your 1st payment.

Additional Costs: 

  • All players will pay for a share of their team budget, which will include such items as tournament registration, travel costs, and team equipment needs which averages around $200. It can be more or less depending upon age group, number of tournaments, and playing level. 
  • Training Shirts: $15 each or 3/$40.
  • Uniforms: Every two years we rotate uniforms so one time during this cycle you will be required to purchase the club uniform which will be approximately $190. This will include a full uniform (home and away kits) and a training jacket.

Teams may run any type of fundraising program with IMPACT Board approval. 

IF MY CHILD MAKES A TEAM, HOW DO I REGISTER AND PAY LEAGUE FEES?

Each player will be required to register online as soon as they have been selected to participate on an IMPACT team. Instructions will be sent via email after notification of the team selection has been made.