Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between Rec Soccer and Competitive Soccer?
Q. How much of a commitment is competitive soccer?
Q. What are the benefits of competitive soccer?
Q. Year Round?
Q. Why do some competitive divisions have two teams, some one and some none?
Q. Is there room for me?
Q. Are players ever added later?
Q. How are competitive coaches selected?
Q. When does practice start and in which tournaments will the team participate?
Q. What is Marin FC?
Q. Referee Requirements for Competitive Teams
Q. How Can I as a Parent Help?

 

Q. What is the difference between Rec Soccer and Competitive Soccer?

Recreational Soccer

The large majority of soccer players in the TPSC play recreational soccer (CYSA Division IV). Recreational soccer is the least intense soccer experience offered by the TPSC, not involving substantial travel, and with limited exceptions, not involving tournaments except for the year-end Jamboree. Unlike the competitive programs, parents are not required to make a financial commitment for recreational soccer beyond the annual registration fees and routine costs such as for soccer gear and refreshments after games.

While recreational soccer does not require the time or financial commitment of competitive soccer, it does provide players with competition, the ability to be part of a team, and a challenge to improve soccer skills. With a lower pressure level, many have found recreational soccer to be the most enjoyable level of play. Recreational players who are U-7 and U-8 play other teams within the TPSC. U-9 through U-12 teams play against teams within both the TPSC and Mill Valley Soccer club.

(Rec) Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance - MISA

Older players who are U-14 and above may participate in the Interleague Division and play other teams in the Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance. Each Interleague teams has a professional coach for both of their twice-a-week training sessions and for many weekend games. Interleague is a challenging and fun option for players who are not playing in the Competitive program. Signups for Interleague are held at the same time as the Recreational signups and are first-come, first serve.  For more information about MISA, visit their website:  http://www.misasoccer.org

Competitive Programs in Tiburon

There are two parent youth organizations in soccer - CYSA and US Club Soccer. Currently, the TPSC registers competitive players and teams in one or both, depending on the availability of appropriate peer teams in the particular age groups. The goal is to "flight" our teams into the league with the most appropriate playing level.

Competitive teams travel to games throughout the northern Bay Area counties and several times a season may play in tournaments throughout northern California.

All competitive programs provide an exciting experience for those players who show the talent and commitment to go beyond recreational soccer. Each team has a professional coach hired by the club (See bios) and we are proud to say that we have one of the strongest coaching staffs in the area!

Sometimes there are not enough players to form a team in a particular age group. At those times, we often work with the Mill Valley Soccer Club to combine players to form a team. At other times when we don’t have sufficient players, we will encourage players to tryout with our neighboring clubs in Mill Valley and Central Marin.

Q. How much of a commitment is competitive soccer?

For both the parents and players, the commitment is not to be taken lightly. Participation in regular practice is mandatory. Coaches expect players to be on time and focused. Parents are called upon to pay for uniforms, tournaments, and traveling expenses for themselves and their coach (for tournaments). Parents are also enlisted as volunteers for team management, home tournament hosting duties, etc. And families are asked to schedule summer vacations early and to be in town and available for tournaments and all league games between August and early December unless the team enters a postseason cup with a later ending date. (Please note, competitive players are required to be available for training and games beginning with our TPSC Competitive Camp in early August. Absence may result in a loss of playing time and will be part of the criteria for selection to a team the following year.) Note: Although school will start earlier this year, the soccer camp start date will remain the same as last year as preparation is needed before the team's first August tournament.

Q. What are the benefits of competitive soccer?

Competitive soccer players experience the thrill of a higher level of competition. They travel, usually together with their families; they learn to accept and deal with new challenges, winning and losing, they learn a "thinking" sport from the best coaches and trainers that we can provide, they establish new and lasting friendships; and, most importantly, they acquire top physical conditioning, all the building blocks for strong self-esteem and confidence.

Q. Year Round?

Our competitive teams begin light training after tryouts and through the spring, averaging once per week at a schedule determined by coach and parents. TPSC also offers clinics and/or activities for both field players and goalkeepers during the season and off-season and all competitive players are welcome and encouraged to attend. These clinics may focus on specific skills and/or offer the opportunity to get lots of touches in a competitive and FUN situation.

Q. Why do some competitive divisions have two teams, some one and some none?

The Competitive Committee, under direction and approval of the Board, attempts each year to maximize the number of children enjoying the opportunity of playing competitive soccer while attempting to ensure that they are playing at a suitable level that will help their development as players and foster their love of the game.

In a given age group, if there are enough competitive level players to field two teams, two teams will be formed in accordance with our parent organizations’ rules.  If not, one team will be formed and the other players encouraged to play recreational level and to try-out again next year.

Occasionally, there will not be enough players in a given age group to field even one team that will be competitive with other teams. In those circumstances, players are advised to tryout in other appropriate playing leagues.

Q. Is there room for me?

While it’s typical for the nucleus of players in each age group to try out each year, all teams are officially re-selected from scratch each season. However, as the teams get older and move to larger sided games, there are always openings due to player movement and increased roster size.

Q. Are players ever added later?

On rare occasions, a spot may open up on a competitive team after tryouts. This may be due to a player moving, being injured, or through similar circumstances. At these times, at the discretion of the Club, a player who formerly tried out, or had subsequently come to the attention of the Club (for instance, a previously unrecognized recreational player) may be asked to practice with and/or join the team. There are also instances where a competitive-level player moves to the community after tryouts and a roster spot is made available to enable that player to participate at the appropriate level of competition. All such additions are made only with the approval of the Club.

Q. How are competitive coaches selected?

Coaches submit applications to the Competitive Committee of the Tiburon Peninsula Soccer Board. Regardless of previous experience, all applicants are reviewed, and evaluations from previous seasons and/or recommendations carefully considered. Coaches must be approved and hired by the club in order to coach in the TPSC. Final decisions on teams fielded each year and coaches recommended for those teams are determined by the Director of Coaching and Competitive Committee after consideration of the number and quality of the players in each age/sex grouping at tryouts.

Q. When does practice start and in which tournaments will the team participate?

Teams hold non-mandatory practices during the spring (averaging once per week after tryouts, with a schedule determined by coach and families to be sensitive to children participating in other spring sports). Formal twice-weekly practices generally begin in earnest after Team Camp week in August.

All competitive players should be prepared to be available for training and games when teams begin practice in early August. The Club holds a competitive camp during the first week in August, then teams also hold a week-long "training camp" the following week; these are usually for a few hours during the morning or the mid-to-late afternoons. Decisions as to which tournaments and/or jamborees (including post-season Cup play) the team will participate are decided by the coach and families, with approval by the TPSC. All TPSC competitive teams are expected to participate in our traditional Tiburon/Mill Valley Fall Kickoff, usually the weekend before the Labor Day weekend.

Q. What is Marin FC?

Beginning in 2004, the TPSC, Mill Valley, West Marin, Dixie, Central Marin and Novato leagues joined together to field U-14 and older Select teams. All Select teams in these age groups will formed under the auspices of "Marin FC." Tryout dates and times for these teams are available on the Marin FC website.
www.marinfc.com
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Q. Referee Requirements for Competitive Teams

Like many other clubs, the TPSC requires all competitive division teams to provide two or more referees (including at least two adults) who will each officiate a minimum number of games during the season (and including the August Fall Kickoff). Each team will be required to post a significant deposit at registration which will be returned when the requirements are met. The games officiated may be at any level from U-10 through all competitive divisions. As the club will pay for the cost of the referee course--and pay each referee per game--this is a golden opportunity to learn more about the game and to help support our club and your player’s team. Youth referees ages 12 and above are also welcome; they will referee games that are at least two years younger than their playing age--and the club will purchase their uniform as well as pay for the course. More information can be found on the Referee Page.

TRYOUT DATES -  The timing of our tryouts are determined by the following:

  1. Local events in Tiburon
  2. Other local sports schedules
  3. Field availability
  4. Rec registration sign up dates

Q. How Can I as a Parent Help?

There are many ways for parents to be involved with competitive teams. The Club and coach will ask one parent to "manage" the team; if you are interested in doing so, advise the Director of Coaching or Club Administrator at or after tryouts. The Manager is a non-coaching, but essential position. Managers facilitate communication between Club and team and coach and team. They distribute uniforms, collect Club fees, handle player cards and medical releases, and game scheduling and are responsible -or delegate responsibility- for tournament entries, team treasury, travel planning and budgeting. Most managers wisely recruit other team parents and delegate many of these responsibilities. (Don’t worry, the Club provides plenty of support and information for managers). As noted above, each competitive team is also required to provide referees. Parents are encouraged to take the free referee licensing course so that they can help the team meet this requirement and help the Club cover games.