Competitive Elite Team Openings
The following 2016 Elite teams have player openings:
If you are interested in playing competitive soccer at a high level, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an open practice with one of our teams.
What is the Elite Program?
The Elite program offers an environment within Mt. Diablo Soccer and within AYSO for those players looking to play at a highly competitive level. The main focus of the Elite teams is player development. Players on Elite teams are committed to a high training regimen and to playing against strong competition. Elite teams play other AYSO Elite teams and U.S. Club teams. Travel to the surrounding regions (Pleasant Hill, Concord, Davis, American Canyon, etc; as well as to the Peninsula) is involved. It is up to each team to choose which tournaments they wish to participate in, with approval from the Elite Committee. Tournament participation may involve travel to locations beyond the Bay Area. In addition, each team can decide if they wish to participate in an Indoor Soccer or Futsal league during the winter.
A high level of commitment is expected from both the players AND the parents. Elite is for enthusiastic and motivated soccer players. For the purposes of player development, a player is expected to regularly attend training sessions and matches. Parents are also expected to assist in team management and league organization, particularly in the running of Concord Cup in mid-May, where Mt. Diablo Soccer is a host region.
Within the Elite program, every coach, referee and administrator must adhere to the six AYSO philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Positive Coaching, Open Registration, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. Our MDSA Elite teams are built around the six philosophies. Our rosters are smaller than most US Club teams and this allows our players to receive at least 50% play time. We firmly believe that players don’t develop unless they receive a consistent amount of play time. Nobody gets better by riding the bench!
Players on Elite teams are NOT required to play concurrently on a Fall (“House”) team. If a player wants to play on an Elite team and on a Fall team concurrently, this is possible, but be aware that there are likely to be a significant amount of conflicts, as the teams are very likely to have matches on the same days.
Divisions with high school age players will take a hiatus to allow for the North Coast Section high school soccer season during the winter months.
The Mt. Diablo Soccer Elite program is a member of US Club Soccer, which allows Elite teams to compete in a broad range of tournaments, including US Club tournaments.
Mt. Diablo Soccer will conduct Elite tryouts prior to the beginning of the Elite season to allow the Selection Committee to evaluate players. The tryouts are open to all players who wish to participate in a competitive Elite team. It is not a prerequisite to have played on an MDSA Fall team in order to try out for one of our Elite teams. Tryouts for our younger divisions (U11, U12 and U13) are generally in January. Tryouts for older divisions are generally in March. There may be exceptions to this, so please check the tryout schedule for the current year.
Established AYSO coaches interested in coaching Elite teams are encouraged to apply here.
Why Choose Mt. Diablo Soccer Elite?
- Highly dedicated, experienced coaches, licensed under the nationally recognized AYSO Coaching Program
- Child-first approach with emphasis on player development
- Smaller rosters, to ensure minimum 50% playing time
- Highly competitive teams play in the Bay Area Fall Soccer League (BAFSL), Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League (PCSSL), participate in Select scrimmages, and play in AYSO, CYSA and U.S. Club sanctioned tournaments
- Reasonable fees
- Community based
- Terrific experience for the player AND the entire family
- Local fields
- High School soccer prep
Mt. Diablo Soccer Elite is a community based, family based soccer program founded with the six AYSO philosophies at its core. Our goal is for every girl and boy stepping on a soccer field to learn the sport they love and have a fun, fair and safe experience. We believe that soccer is a vehicle to excellence, and that developing good soccer players leads to developing great people.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: If my child makes an Elite team, do I need to register my child for the primary Fall season in addition to the Elite season?
Answer: No, the Elite program allows players to concentrate on the Elite team without having to play in the Fall season.
Q: If my child makes an Elite team and they also want to play in the primary Fall season, is this allowed?
Answer: Yes. However, this is not required or expected as part of the Elite program. Your child is allowed to play on both the Elite and the primary Fall (“House”) seasons at the same time. Please be aware that scheduling accommodations between Elite and Fall games will not be made as in prior years when players were expected to participate in both programs.
Q: Can Select players apply to Elite?
Answer: Yes! Select players wanting to participate year-round in a more competitive environment are encouraged to try out for Elite. Should a Select player be picked for an Elite team, that player’s primary responsibility is to his/her Select team until the Select season concludes. Once the Select season is over, that player can then move full time to the Elite team.
Q: I already signed up my child for the Spring season. Can I still try out for Elite and what happens to the Spring fee that I already paid?
Answer: Yes! We encourage all players that wish to play in a more competitive team to try out for Elite. If your child makes the Elite team, the fee that you paid for the Spring league will be applied towards the Elite fee.
Q: What tournaments can Elite teams participate in?
Answer: Elite teams can participate in AYSO Open tournaments, US Club tournaments, and CYSA tournaments that accept US Club cards or AYSO player passes. Some AYSO Select tournaments have open flights that allow participation of Elite teams.
Q: I cannot make the tryout date/time. How does that affect my child's chances of getting on an Elite team?
Answer: The league would like to see prospective players participating in as many of the tryouts as possible. Attending Elite tryouts, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged to give players the best opportunity to show the evaluating coaches their skills. Players may also be observed by evaluators in game situations with their Fall team or Select team.
Q: Can my child attend more than one tryout date?
Answer: Absolutely! You child is indeed encouraged to attend as many tryouts as offered.
Q: What days of the week will Elite matches be played?
Answer: Elite matches will typically be played on the weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. Your coach may schedule some scrimmages during the week.
Q: What are the differences between the Select Program and the Elite Program?
Answer: The Select program is designed for AYSO players that played during the AYSO Fall season. Select teams start training in December and compete against other AYSO Select teams from January through May. The Elite program is open to all competitive players, including players that may not have participated in an AYSO program the prior year. MDSA Elite teams are essentially “year round” teams, formed soon after Elite tryouts, and ending with the Fall BAFSL season. Elite teams play against other AYSO Elite teams, as well as CYSA and US Club teams. Elite teams typically participate in a competitive Spring league and a competitive Fall league, as well as tournaments, with some breaks from training and competition during the Summer and Winter.
Q: Can I coach a team for the Elite season?
Answer: Coaching for Elite is a significant time commitment and we appreciate any AYSO coach willing to volunteer his or her time through this advanced program. Only experienced coaches with the required advanced certifications will be considered for Elite teams. If you're interested, please fill out the application by clicking the Elite Coach Application button and submitting an application by January 10, 2016 for teams that are U14 and younger and by March 15 for teams that are U15 and older. The Elite Committee will evaluate all candidates and inform the volunteers selected before the start of the Elite season.
Q: What are the required certifications to be an Elite coach?
Answer: Elite coaches need to be certified one level higher than is required for the primary Fall season for the team’s age division. For example, a U10 Elite coach needs to be U12 certified; a U12 Elite coach needs to be a certified Intermediate Coach; U14, U16 and U19 coaches need to hold an Advanced Coach Certification.
Q: What age division should I apply for?
Answer: Starting in 2016, MDSA Elite will be using the new age group guidelines mandated by the US Soccer Federation. Please see the table below for player division based on birth year and ages.
|Age Guide for 2016-2017 Elite Season|
|Birth Year||Team Age Group|
|2007||10 and under|
|2006||11 and under|
|2005||12 and under|
|2004||13 and under|
|2003||14 and under|
|2002||15 and under|
|2001||16 and under|
|2000||17 and under|
|1999||18 and under|
|1998||19 and under|