WHAT IS THE MSC COMPETITIVE / CLIPPERS PROGRAM?
MSC’s Competitive Program is comprised of 680 players on over 51 Competitive teams, which represents about 40% of the MSC membership.
MSC’s Clippers program aims to promote the experience of competition in an enjoyable environment for its players and their families. MSC’s Competitive Program strives to nurture a player’s passion for soccer, while enabling soccer development through age specific attention to the key components of the game.
Fundamental technical skills (ball mastery) are stressed at younger age groups, with winning being a more minimal consideration. As players mature and progress, tactics, psychological components and physical training aspects are introduced with winning becoming a greater consideration. Throughout the entire process MSC’s Competitive Program strives to emphasize the importance of being part of a team and a well-rounded individual.
WHO COACHES THE ‘COMPETITIVE’ TEAMS IN MONTCLAIR SOCCER CLUB?
Competitive teams are coached by either professional coaches from the 24-7 UK Soccer Academy or a parent volunteer coach who works alongside a 24-7 trainer throughout the course of a season.
For bios of professional coaches, please see our website, www.montclairsoccerclub.org.
All of MSC’s Competitive Coaches work in line with MSC’s curriculum which has a clear set of learning objectives, based upon the age of the players. MSC’s coaches are supported by Technical Directors for each age bracket and MSC’s Director of Coaching, Rob Busa.
MSC’s Competitive vision is to enable its players to play both possession retention and creative attacking soccer.
WHY PLAY FOR MSC’S COMPETITIVE PROGRAM?
Montclair Soccer Club’s Competitive Program strives to nurture a player’s passion for soccer, while enabling soccer development. We believe that we make ourselves accountable to this by being competent in the following areas:
One Club – One Community – MSC is a thriving community-based soccer organization. Our many tireless volunteers, referees, and coaches aim to deliver an experience that will make very player proud to represent MSC.
24/7 Staff – Our team of professional nationally licensed coaches aim to innovate and elevate players on and off the field. MSC’s Competitive Coaches work in line with the MSC curriculum which has a clear set of learning objectives, based upon the age and ability of the players. MSC’s coaches are supported and held accountable by Technical Directors for each age bracket and our Director of Coaching, Rob Busa. This centralized curriculum and coaching leadership allows for consistency across teams and ease of movement between teams over time.
Facilities – MSC boast some of the best centrally located soccer facilities within the East Bay: Merritt College Soccer Complex, King Estates, Oakland High.
Vision – MSC’s Competitive vision is to enable its players to play both possession retention and creative attacking soccer.
WHAT WILL MSC DO TO PREPARE PLAYERS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SOCCER?
MSC Coaches coach in high schools across the East Bay and are experts in what it takes to play high school soccer. MSC players are well represented at all team levels across East Bay high schools.
MSC partners with Castro Valley Soccer Club (CVSC) in the College Advisory Program (CAP). CAP is designed to assist any MSC player that has the desire to go on to play college soccer. There are many opportunities for soccer players in college and we are available to help guide and educate families and players on the process of college recruiting.
MSC will provide players with a program and schedule of events, including college information nights, one-on-one meetings with their head coach and technical director, as well as information on attending several prominent showcase tournaments throughout the country in order to provide players with opportunities to display their talents to college coaches.
WHAT LEVEL TEAMS ARE AVAILABLE?
Competitive teams can play at five levels: Premier, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper. Through the tryout process MSC aims to form teams across levels in each age group.
NPL, State Premier, Gold and Silver teams play in the highest level of youth soccer available and require a larger time and financial commitment.
Bronze and Copper level teams require less time and financial commitment than Premier, Gold and Silver teams. For more details see Player Expectations on our website (forthcoming).
HOW ARE COMPETITIVE TEAMS FORMED?
MSC Competitive Teams are formed using a player tryout process. Team formation is dependent upon the number and quality of players who attend tryouts and commit to playing for the MSC team for which they are selected.
WHAT IS THE TRYOUT PROCESS?
Tryouts are run by professional coaches from 24-7 UK Soccer Academy on behalf of MSC. Players interested in participating in the MSC Competitive Program must attend at least one of the tryout dates for their age group, but are highly recommended to attend them all.
Players are evaluated on the following:
2. Tactical Understanding
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. Psychological Component (attitude)
Player evaluations and selections are made by the 24-7 staff in conjunction with MSC Director of Coaching. All players will be notified regardless if they make a team, within 14 days of the last tryout date for each age group.
WHEN ARE TRYOUTS AND HOW DO I REGISTER?
Tryouts begin in January for younger players and after the California High School season for high school-age players.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
The cost will vary depending upon the team’s age group and level. For planning purposes you can estimate your player’s cost from approximately $1000 per year for a Bronze Level team to approximately $1,800 per year for a Premier, Gold or Silver team. This includes Club player registration fees, a non-refundable Competitive Program fee, professional coach and or training fees and other miscellaneous costs.
Note that MSC Competitive Program registration fees include a 5-day team summer camp. Other clubs charge for camps separately from their registration fees. Our coaches goal for the camp is to provide players with the opportunity to learn and develop skills and to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Additional camps options are available for those who want even more opportunities to train.
Teams may choose to do fundraising or seek sponsorships to help offset costs to participate in the program.
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
MSC has a limited number of financial aid opportunities for those players and families demonstrating a financial need and commitment to soccer and MSC. Families who are awarded financial aid are required to participate and support various MSC events and or activities.
Please refer to the Club Financial Aid Programs page to review your options.
WHERE DO TEAMS TRAIN AND PLAY THEIR GAMES?
Competitive Teams train within close proximity of Montclair at some of the best soccer facilities within the Jack London Community:
Merritt College – 3 grass fields and a turf field at the Stadium
King Estates Middle School – 2 grass fields and indoor futsal hall
Oakland High School – Lighted turf field
Home Games are played at the above locations or one of our partner fields within the Jack London League. Away games (roughly 50% of games) are played against surrounding teams. On occasions there are away game that are located over 25 miles from Montclair.
WHAT IS THE TIME AND TRAVEL COMMITMENT?
The time and travel commitment will vary depending upon the team’s age group and level. Teams usually train 2 evenings per week beginning in late March through to the end of the Spring Season around early June. Training restarts for the Fall Season in July and continues through to the end of State Cup in November/December for the under-14 age groups. Under -15 age groups and older take a winter hiatus for the California winter high school season and completes their State Cup in the early spring. These teams typically play in 3-4 tournaments per year.
Fall League play for all Divisions begins in September and finishes in the middle of November. Teams will play half their games at “home” and half of their games “away” in Alameda and surrounding counties. Teams with sufficient interest from families may play Spring League with games on Saturdays or Sundays in March, April, May and June.
All competitive teams have an important refereeing requirement. Parent volunteers on competitive team must fulfill 14-24 referee credits per season. Referees are paid by the league for each games they referee.
WHAT IS MY CHILD’S SOCCER ALTERNATIVE TO COMPETITIVE SOCCER?
Competitive soccer requires a high level of commitment from the players and families who participate. The decision to play at this level is a choice that needs careful consideration. Even if a player is skilled enough and is selected to a competitive team, the choice to play competitive soccer may not be a good fit for the player and/or his or her family. For those players and families who seek a lower commitment of time, travel, financial and volunteer requirements of Competitive Soccer, MSC offers the option to play at the Recreational level.
For Recreational Soccer, players are assigned to teams by the Club or via a player draft by coaches in the older age groups. Recreational teams usually practice once per week beginning in August and finish in November. Players are guaranteed 50% playing time in games and the focus is on a fun soccer experience with minimal emphasis on game results. Coaches are usually the parent of a child on the team.
We are enthusiastic about our MSC’s Competitive and Recreational programs. Picking a soccer program is a family decision. No matter what program you choose, we wish your family the very best in the Beautiful Game. We aim to offer its competitive and recreational players all the encouragement, support, training and experience we can.
For more information on MSC’s Competitive Program, please contact the MSC Director of Coaching Rob Busa at email@example.com.