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how to find cysa team

Original post made by amom, Community Center, on Mar 30, 2010

Does anyone have any pointers for finding a CYSA team for a 6th grade girl? I have heard there are different divisions and leagues and from the little I have found out they sign new kids up once a year, is that right? My kid loves soccer but has not developed her skills that much because she's only played in the Fall AYSO. Do they have to have played on a spring select team to be accepted? She has a lot of enthusiasm and love for the game and with good coaching would make great progress. Is there anything else out there for a kid who wants to play soccer year round? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.

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Posted by Mama
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Mar 30, 2010 at 3:14 pm

If your daughter "loves soccer" and needs to develop her skills, Union Football is the hard core soccer league: Web Link play year-round with only June off, although June is optional. They take up the Jordan fields every day so you could visit and watch. This is the league for kids who live and breathe it. They can take mediocre players and make them stars.

There is also Palo Alto Soccer: Web Link

There is also Stanford Soccer Club: Web Link

There are different levels of CYSA - all are competitive but Class 1 is the highest: Web Link

Union is the most serious, then PA, then Stanford. Usually they will have a child go and practice with them and see if it is a good fit to decide whether they want them on the team. For PA and Stanford, sometimes they have openings and have tryouts. The easiest way to get around tryouts is to start at an early age, when everyone can join and make a team. The teams stay together thereafter.

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Posted by Mama
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Mar 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Here's the link for Union Football. Apparently my word, "They" got attached to the above so the link does not work: Web Link

Your daughter can join a CYSA team in the middle of the year if a team is seeking players.

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Posted by Mom of 3
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm

This Sports Opportunities website (maintained by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs) has some info on current cy teams and their current status:

Web Link

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Posted by Soccer Parent
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Spring season games started just last week for most CYSA teams. That doesn't mean it is necessarily too late, but you need to move quickly.

Some teams won't have any spots left, and some will be desperate to add bodies. All will require tryouts in some form or another.

Your daughter sounds like she probably needs a class 3 (more competitive than AYSO, less competitive than class 1) team.

But you need to be careful. Having had children play for several different clubs and teams, I would say that the manager and coach really determine the flavor of a team much more than the club itself. You need to find the right situation for your child.

Make sure you understand the coach's philosophy about playing time--unlike AYSO there is no requirement that a player get in a game at all, much less get half the game. Coaches do know that you'll quit if you don't get enough time, so they tend to be reasonably good about it, but it can be quite a shock to play much less than you did in AYSO if you aren't expecting it.

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Posted by Midtown Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

If your daughter is in the 6th grade she is probably U12 (birthday after August 1, 1997). You will want to look for a team that is in her age group, and that plays Class III. She might need to wait until next Fall to start playing since the current season has started. Apart from the clubs mentioned above you could look at MP Strikers, Alpine FC and MVLA as good clubs with a slightly longer drive to practice. Every club website will list their teams and the manager, who is the person to contact about a tryout.

If she has never done anything more than Fall AYSO she is likely to be unprepared for club level games, and might benefit from attending workshops/camps, etc. to bring up her skills. FC Gold Pride (the women's professional team) is doing a Spring break camp in Palo Alto, Web Link plus they offer other coaching opportunities. The local DI colleges all have summer camps (Stanford, Santa Clara, Berkeley) that can also be a good way to get intensive training for 3-4 days.

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