Q.) What is the difference between Select and Competitive soccer
First and foremost it is superior coaching. Select soccer is Division 3 and Competitive Soccer is Division 1. TAHUICHI F.C. is a Competitive/Division 1 Club. All of Tahuichi's coaches have soccer certifications and have demonstrated the ability to teach and coach soccer at a high level. Our coaches know, understand, and can train young children in advanced player development technical skills and techniques.
Tahuichi coaches may hold United States Soccer Federation National coaching license or lower level coaching certificates. To earn a National license the coach must attend an in-depth course that educates them on how to teach technical skills, advanced tactics, and how to plan a focused training session for the accomplishment of specific goals. Applicants must pass a rigorous on field and written examination to complete their National license. It is a challenging process.
First hand experience on the soccer field is invaluable to relating to the experiences of the young players. In their youth and young adulthood, our coaches have played from competitive soccer, collegiate soccer, national soccer, to professional soccer. Typically that range of experience is not available in a select soccer organization.
Second, the difference is that competitive soccer attracts the premier players in the region dedicated to the game of soccer at a high level. Playing with and against highly skilled players accelerates the learning process. Generally, the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the competitive player is greater. This combined with superior coaching means future opportunities can be more common to competitive Division 1 players to showcase their talent.
Q.) What is the time commitment?
Player development accelerates with more touches on the ball. Training is typically two (2-3 for the older age groups) times a week with vacations that coincide as best we can with the school districts vacation calendars.
Many of our Tahuichi players excel academically, participate in other sporting and extra-curricular activities. While competitive soccer is a big time commitment with some planning you can participate in other activities. Players do have to prioritize their commitments and obligations to be successful. (Another important lesson that competitive soccer teaches!) The Tahuichi families are great at helping each other out with car pools, etc., to meet all of the players’ time commitments.
Q.) What does it cost?
The cost associated with competitive soccer are higher than in Select and Recreational soccer primarily because field rental (turf), higher referees. A projected budget and tournament schedule will be provided at the tryouts for each team. In addition there are costs associated with traveling to away games and tournaments.
Q.) Is there too much emphasis on winning?
In the younger age groups the emphasis is on teaching the fundamental skills of the game. This is called technical training. The players are taught how dribble, trap, pass and strike the ball correctly. They are taught the fundamentals of defending and attacking.
Competitive soccer is almost a misnomer because the goal at the younger age groups is to teach the fundamental skills of the game. The bottom line for our coaches is how well they teach the children to play, and not their won-loss percentage.
Q.) What is the bottom line?
The kids have a great time. Last year’s rival is this year’s teammate. Parents are amazed at how quickly the players form new friendships. If you watch closely you can see it happening during the tryouts.
The synergy of excellent coaching, better teammates and strong competition provide a perfect environment for the development of the player’s skills. Over the course of a season, the improvement of the team and its’ players can be nothing short of amazing.
Q.) When do I have to buy a new uniform?
If you are new to the club you will need to purchase a uniform kit that includes a Home and Away uniform (2 Jerseys, 2 Shorts, 2 pairs of socks), 2 practice shirts, a Backpack, and a set of warm-ups. We are on a 3-year uniform cycle.
If you are a returning player, you will only need to purchase a new uniform in a new uniform year (odd year) and a new backpack & warm-up kit those even years. It is mandatory to have the latest Tahuichi equipment.
Q.) Why do I have to purchase a new Uniform or New Backpack/Uniform Kit in those required years if I already have one or don't want a specific item?
There are a couple of reasons. First, as a premiere soccer club, having all of our players present well and look consistent is important. It keeps us looking and playing like a consistent, professional organization club wide. Especially when we are in other regions/states, it allows us to come across as a professional organization.