Competitive Overview

A. Team Selections

Every May CRS holds tryouts to select players for our competitive U9-U19 teams. The total number of teams that will be formed will be determined by the number of players who attend the tryouts and are ultimately selected.
For competitive teams U9 and older, the program represents a one-year commitment that runs concurrently with the academic calendar. Players are placed on a team after a thorough evaluation during tryouts, with the top tier players being placed on the top level team.  Players not meeting the requirements of the top level tier players will be placed on subsequent teams. 

B. Time Commitment

Players and parents should understand that a player commits to a team from August 1st through May 31st. The team and the club also commit to the player for that same time period. Your child will remain on his/her team for the duration of the year if the child maintains the level of commitment, and if the age group continues to field sufficient players.  Occasionally, teams have players from the age group drop out, and this might cause a team to have too few players to continue.
Every family that is interested in participating on a CRS competitive travel team must have a basic understanding of the commitment involved before having your child try out for a team.

Season expectations are as follows:

  • Teams typically participate in an early season which runs from August to October. Additionally, teams may play in tournaments which often fall on holiday weekends such as Labor Day.   
  • A regular/winter season running from November to January.  This includes practices, scrimmages, leagues and/or additional tournaments, which again may fall on holiday weekends or school breaks. (Winter recess or President's day weekend)
  • There is also a spring season from February to May consisting of league playoffs, Regional or State Cup tournaments, Spring league games plus a Spring and/or Memorial Day tournament.
  • Practices are typically 3 days a week but may be subject to additional practices at the coaches discretion.

All players are expected to participate in all games and tournaments. Region and State Cup competition will likely fall on one of the Spring Break weekends. Region Championships take place in March and/or April. All players are expected to attend their team’s games. Teams typically participate in anywhere from 3-9 tournaments because tournaments present an excellent opportunity for the players to get additional playing time competing against the top teams. Participation in tournaments requires time and planning on the part of the coaches, team managers AND the families of the players.

During the fall and spring seasons, your child is expected to participate in all league games on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Some league games such as in SFUYSA require travel outside of Miami-Dade County, and may require travel as far north as Martin County and as far west as Collier County.  The expectations for the commitment level of all players and families is the same for all teams of all age levels. Regardless of the level of the player, this is competitive soccer, not recreation, and players are expected to be present for all practices, games, and tournaments.
All teams will practice on multiple days per week. Practices are conducted by your age group, coach or by a skills coach provided by our professional training staff. These practices are located at the various fields assigned to the club.

Please think carefully about these time commitments before you have your child try out for a team. Anything less than an attitude of full commitment is not fair to the rest of your team.

If competitive travel soccer is not for you, CRS also has a recreation program for Boys and Girls. Our recreation program allows for your children to learn the basic skills of soccer and have fun playing with their neighborhood friends without the time commitments required by the select travel soccer program.

Your child’s prior demonstrated commitment to our program will be taken into account during team selection. Because soccer is a team sport, it is not enough to be a good player; your child must be a good teammate.

C. Playing Time and Player Movement Considerations

At the competitive level every effort will be made to play your child, however, it is up to the coach to decide if a child plays or does not. There are no guarantees of playing time. There will be player movement within the club between teams. The club will determine when and why players will be asked to move from team to team within the organization. The club may also move players to better support development and performance.

D. Financial Commitment

Each child that wishes to play soccer on our teams must register shortly after selection to a team. When your child is selected, the club will provide information on payment.

Once your child has been placed on a team and you have paid the registration fee, the fee is not refundable. Failure to pay fees may put you in “Not in Good Standing” which can result in the player’s playing privileges being suspended until such obligation is fulfilled.

The registration fee is currently $400.

Fees included in the registration fee include:

  • FYSA Player Registration Fee
  • League Registration Fee (One League)
  • Team Registration fee for one Cup (Commissioners, Presidents or State)
  • Field Rental and Maintenance Costs

The Fee does NOT Include your uniform package. Uniforms can be purchased from Soccer Locker. Please click on the uniform link on our website.

Basic Uniforms costs are approximately $172.00 for players but can be higher depending on the age and size of the child.  Additional items such as warm-ups and duffle bags will be an additional cost.

Basic Uniform includes 2 of the following:

Practice shirt, Practice shorts, Practice socks, game socks, game shorts, game jerseys (1 home, 1 away)

In addition to the registration fee, players are also expected to pay a monthly coaching fee, referee fees, tournament fees and occasionally coaching travel expenses.

E. Additional Information On Our Competitive Program

Any family with a financial hardship should contact our administration as scholarship may be available. All such communication is confidential. 

 Additional fees include referee fees for playoffs, early season & late season leagues if applicable and tournament fees. Each team pays the travel expenses for out of town tournaments for their coach as well. Individual, personal travel fees, such as hotels, food, airfare, etc. are additional.

Practices: 2-5 times per week. Players should try to be at practices at least 15 minutes before. Practices field times will be assigned by the coaching director. Fields include Cutler Ridge Park and Lakes by the Bay Park.

Practice attire: Club practice shirts, shorts, and socks must be worn to all practices and shin guards are mandatory!!! Any player not in proper attire and/or not wearing his or her shirt or shin guards will not be able to practice.
Practice Drop Off and Pick Up: We do not advise parents to drop off their children at practice. If for any reason practice gets canceled, we cannot be responsible for your unattended child.

Tournaments: It is the club’s recommendation that each team plays in approximately 4-6 local tournaments, depending on the team level:
Common Tournaments include Addidas SuperCup, West Pines Kickoff Classic, Weston Cup, Wellington Shoot Out, Miami Cup & Showcase, and the Disney Shootout. 

All players on a team are responsible for the cost of all tournament registration fees, regardless of whether an individual player attends or not. The registration fees are a team fee to be born by all members of the team. 

Coach’s Tournament Travel Expenses: CRS teams will be responsible for various coach related travel expenses for tournaments.  These expenses could include hotel, mileage and other costs.  For a full breakdown, please see the Player/Parent/Coach agreement located in the Parent Resource section of the website.  

Games: Expect to play 1-2 games per week.
Game Day: Player should be at their game at least 60 minutes before game time unless instructed otherwise by their coach. Players are required to bring both sets of uniforms to each game.

Hydration: It is the responsibility of each player to hydrate before, during and after games and practices. Players should bring their own water or sports drinks during both games and practice even if water is also provided at the field.

Transportation: Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from games and practices for their child. Coaches are prohibited by club policy to provide transportation to any player.

Please see the Player/Parent/Coach agreement for additional information.