In America, the model for successful youth sports has often involved one coach working with one team. This structure has become long outdated and a new approach focusing on true player development is required. The most innovative youth soccer clubs are organizing their teams and coaches into “programs” that cover multiple age groups. This means that a staff of coaches is responsible for multiple players and teams. Our Select Program (U11 to U18) is organized in this way and takes a curriculum approach, similar to what you might see in an educational setting.
This organization allows us to focus on developing the individual player within the program. With solid individual players, solid teams will be the result. Within our curriculum approach, players have key competencies that they are expected to learn at each age level in the club. This player development approach gives our players age appropriate training as well as a clear pathway to ensure successful soccer development occurs.
Individuals are placed onto teams based upon the results of our tryout process. At each level in our program, there will be two tryout sessions. It is highly recommended that the players attend both tryout sessions to give our staff an accurate picture of their playing ability. The tryout is used to determine soccer playing ability, which is our main criterion in placing individuals onto teams..
It is our intention to have multiple teams at each level wherever possible. These teams will be ability based with the strongest individual players on the Red team and the next group of players on the Black team. At the U11 and U12 age levels, there is also a strong possibility we will have a White team as numbers permit.
All team offers will be posted on the PS United website after the tryout period and acceptance of the offer by the player will be required within 24 hours to have a spot in the Select Program.
Upon acceptance onto a team in the program, it is the understanding of the player and parents that the program commitment is for the entire season, which runs from August 1 through June 31 of the following calendar year. Individual player development is the goal of our program and we want each player to play at a higher level. In order to achieve this goal, each player is expected to attend ALL club required practices and games. Our expectation is that parents and players understand that our program takes precedence over other sports during our season (Fall/Spring).
Program Training Approach
Our training program is designed with individual player development in mind. In the Select Program, Red team players are required to train with our coaching staff three nights a week, while Black and White team players are required to train five nights during every two week time period. Those desiring to train more will be given the opportunity to do so. We view training sessions as our primary tool to further the development of the individual player.
League Match Play and Placement
After the tryout period, created teams will be placed by the club into an appropriate level of competitive play within WYSA leagues. Games are typically scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays but can also be during the week. Depending on league placement and teams within that league, game locations can be in the Milwaukee area or occur in other locations across the state.
Those players with an exemplary attitude, playing ability, and desire to do so will be offered opportunities to play competitive matches at a higher age level, using the WYSA club pass policy. We will not accept requests from families to play up. We consider this to be, a privilege earned by the player and offered by the club.
Each team is expected to participate in two tournaments in the Fall and two tournaments in the Spring. Tournament participation will be in the Wisconsin/Northern Illinois/Minnesota area and is at the Director of Player Development-Select Soccer and team coach’s discretion. Additional tournament participation beyond four is at the parents cost and the discretion of the coach
Our Red Level teams, will also automatically be registered to participate in the State Championship or President’s Cup Tournaments. The State Championship tournament occurs during Memorial Day weekend for U11 to U14 teams. Costs of these tournaments will be provided for by Pewaukee Sussex United, but will require additional travel and time commitments from players and parents.
We understand that many of our athletes play winter sports. We also understand that long intervals away from the sport cause developmental gaps. Our goal is to use the winter months to increase the technical level of the player. Our focus is on improving the playing level of the player through focused practice involving repetitions of individual technique.
During the winter off-season (December 1 to March 1) Red team players are required to participate in at least one session of club futsal training offered by the club. This training is built into the fee structure below.
Black and White team players are required to participate in league soccer or have eight training sessions in a gym with their coach. Additional costs associated with these programs are not included in club fees below.
Cost Per Player
U11 – U14 Select Red Team
U11 – U14 Select Black/White Teams
U15 – U18