Elite Program: Mid-Season Survey
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 need to be committed to a higher training regimen and to playing against stronger competition. Elite teams will play other AYSO Elite teams and will scrimmage 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 travel may also involve locations beyond the Bay Area. In addition, each team can decide if they wish to participate in an Indoor Soccer 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 follow the AYSO principle of 50% minimum playing time for each player on an Elite team.
The Elite program is a “Side-By-Side” format, where the players on an Elite team do not need to participate 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 soccer season during the winter.
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 prior to the beginning of the Elite season to allow the Selection Committee to evaluate players. The late January / early February 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. Tryouts for older division players (U15 and above) will be held in April.
See table below for tryout dates.
Established AYSO coaches interested in coaching Elite teams are encouraged to apply.
Elite Tryout Dates and Times
Arrive 10 minutes early to check in. Be sure to wear your soccer cleats and shin guards.
Tryouts for teams ages U15 and older will be held in April.
Please check this website for updates before heading to the field.
Pricing for the Mt. Diablo Soccer 2015 Elite season is being finalized now, but the fee is expected to be made up of two payments of approximately $160 each. Pricing information will be updated once finalized.
Team managers / team treasurers are responsible for ensuring that all Elite fees are collected on time. The fee does not include tournaments that each team may choose to participate in, gyms that each team may wish to rent for training, or any indoor soccer / Futsal leagues each team may wish to participate in.
We are in the process of changing our uniforms. We have applied a reduction to our registration fee with the intent that the uniform kit cost will be paid separately.
Mt. Diablo Soccer Elite is a non-profit organization, and is solely interested in the development of the player, while respecting the philosophies under which AYSO was founded and currently operates.
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 playing in the Elite league, Select league, and AYSO, CYSA and U.S. Club tournaments
- Reasonable fees
- Community based
- Terrific experience for the player and the entire family
- Local fields
- High School soccer prep
Everybody likes to win, but developing successful players and people is what's fundamental in MDSA and AYSO.
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 was modified last year to allow 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 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: 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 on 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: Will Elite players be able to play on the Select team the following year?
Answer: No. The Elite team is a year round team, with proper breaks at certain points during the season. An Elite player will not be able to play on a Select team the following year. 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. Elite teams may be able to participate on Select tournaments that open up their registration to Elite teams. Elite teams are eligible to participate in many other CYSA and US Club tournaments as well.
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: 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 games during the week.
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 to enrich the lives of our local youth 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 25, 2015 for teams that are U14 and younger and by April 10 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: Application for the Elite program aligns with the 2015-2016 AYSO Membership year. Please see the table below for player division and ages.
|Age Guide for 2015-2016 Membership Year|
|U-19||16-17-18||8/1/96 and 7/31/99|
|U-16||15||8/1/99 and 7/31/00|
|U-15||14||8/1/00 and 7/31/01|
|U-14||13||8/1/01 and 7/31/02|
|U-13||12||8/1/02 and 7/31/03|
|U-12||11||8/1/03 and 7/31/04|
|U-11||10||8/1/04 and 7/31/05|
|U-10||8-9||8/1/05 and 7/31/07|