The purpose of the Elite program is to offer an environment within Mt. Diablo Soccer and within AYSO for those players looking to play at a higher, more competitive level. The Elite teams are formed with the goal of continued player development. Players on Elite teams need to be committed to a higher training regimen and to playing against stronger competition. Elite teams will play other AYSO Elite teams and may scrimmage non-AYSO 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 travel may also involve locations beyond the Bay Area. In addition, each team can decide if they wish to participate in an Indoor or Futsal winter league.
A higher level of commitment is expected from both the players AND the parents. Elite is for enthusiastic and motivated players. For the purposes of player development, a player is expected to regularly attend training sessions and matches. Parents are also expected to participate in 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. Coaches must follow the AYSO principle of 50% minimum playing time for each player on an Elite team.
Starting in 2014, the Elite program will move to a “Side-By-Side” format, where the players on an Elite team do not need to participate concurrently on a Fall (“House”) team. This will allow the players on the Elite team to play a more reasonable schedule of matches with only one team, and lead to higher development of individual skills and team play. This format is also intended to reduce conflicts between Elite tournaments and the primary Fall schedule.
The Elite season will run one year from approximately June 15, 2014 to approximately May 31, 2015. It is mandatory for each Elite team to have a minimum of two resting periods throughout the season where no matches, scrimmages, or training sessions are held.
Divisions with high school age players will take a hiatus prior to the start of the North Coast Section Winter season from approximately November 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.
The Mt. Diablo Soccer Elite program is a member of US Club Soccer, which allows Elite teams the opportunity to compete in a broader range of tournaments, including US Club tournaments.
Mt. Diablo Soccer will conduct Elite tryouts once a year in late May or early June prior to the beginning of the Elite season to allow the Selection Committee to evaluate players. The late May / early June tryouts are open to all players who wish to participate in a competitive soccer team, including players that may have participated in past Elite seasons, Select seasons, Spring seasons, Fall seasons or who are new to Mt. Diablo Soccer.
Mt. Diablo Soccer will host a second set of tryouts in October toward the end of our Primary Fall season. The October tryouts will be for players who participated in the Primary Fall season, with the purpose of forming Select teams. Some Select candidates may be invited to play on an Elite team.
See table below for tryout dates.
Established AYSO coaches interested in coaching Elite teams are encouraged to apply. See top of this page when registration is open to apply.
Tryout Location: Newhall Park
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Can I coach a team for the Elite season?
Answer: Coaching for Elite is a significant time commitment and we appreciate any AYSO member who is willing to volunteer his or her time to help enrich the lives of our local youth through this advanced program. If you're interested, please fill out the application by clicking the Elite Coach Application button and submitting an application before May 25, 2014. 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 (“House”) season for the team’s age division, up to the Advanced Certification. 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: 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 has been modified to allow players to play on an Elite team without necessarily having to play in the primary Fall (“House”) 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 in 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: With the Elite program going year round, will there still be Select?
Answer: Yes! There will still be Select teams and a Select season for the players that played in the Fall season. Tryouts for Select will be held as usual towards the end of the Fall season, usually in late October or early November.
Q: I already signed up my child for the Fall season. Can I still try out for Elite and what happens to the Fall 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 Fall league will be applied towards the Elite fee.
Q: Will Elite players be able to play on the Select team?
Answer: No. The Elite season is year round. An Elite player will not be able to play on a Select team. The Select season will continue to be for qualified players that participated in an AYSO Fall season.
Q: Will Elite teams be able to participate in Select tournaments?
Answer: Elite teams will be able to participate in open tournaments, including tournaments where Select teams have traditionally participated, such as Comstock Shootout and Concord Cup. At this time, Elite teams would not be able to participate in tournaments that are currently reserved only for Select teams, such as Davis World Cup or Pacifica Fog Classic. Elite teams are eligible to participate in many other CYSA and US Club tournaments.
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 as many players at the tryouts as possible so they can be evaluated with their peers. Attending Elite tryouts, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged to give players the best opportunity to show the coaches their skills.
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: How long after the tryouts will I be notified if my child has been chosen to play on an Elite team?
Answer: You will be notified no later than 10 days after the final tryout date whether your child has been selected for an Elite team or not.
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 age division should I apply for?
Answer: The Elite season aligns with the 2014-2015 AYSO Membership year. Please see the table below for player division and ages.
|Age Guide for 2014-2015 Membership Year|
|U-19||16-17-18||8/1/95 and 7/31/98|
|U-16||14-15||8/1/98 and 7/31/00|
|U-14||12-13||8/1/00 and 7/31/02|
|U-12||10-11||8/1/02 and 7/31/04|
|U-10||8-9||8/1/04 and 7/31/06|
|U-8||6-7||8/1/06 and 7/31/08|
|U-6||5||8/1/08 and 7/31/09|
|U-5||4||8/1/09 and 7/31/10|