Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In this frequently asked questions page we try to answer some of the more common questions and misconceptions about playing Select soccer. If your questions are not answered on this page, please drop us a line and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Email questions or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: HOW IS SELECT DIFFERENT FROM REC?

A: Players must try out to earn a spot on a Select team, whereas anyone can register to play on a Rec team.  Select players are expected to make a full-year commitment to the team, whereas Rec teams will re-register and re-form twice each year.

Select teams train on a 10-month cycle, competing in fall and spring leagues as well as in US Youth Soccer cup competitions in the spring.  Select players are welcome to participate in other activities as well, provided they uphold their commitment to their teams and their teammates to attend practices and games that are scheduled in advance.

Q: WHAT KIND OF COACHING SHOULD I EXPECT IN SELECT?

A: Our Select teams receive coaching from our most-experienced professional Trainers along with our licensed, experienced Team Coaches.

Our Trainers are the best in the area!  Our staff includes coaches who have played for their countries in international competitions, won national championships at the youth and collegiate levels, played for major college soccer programs, and coached youth players who later went on to win national championships or represent their countries at the Women's World Cup, the Olympics, and other international competitions.  Gulf Coast also has more trainers and coaches who hold the US Soccer National "D" License than any other club in SETX.

Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M "GOOD ENOUGH" TO PLAY ON A SELECT TEAM?

A: There are multiple levels of Select soccer, starting at the Division 2 (D2) level and progressing to the Division 1 (D1) level.  Players who are new to Select soccer will generally start at the D2 level.  As they improve, and as their teams improve, they can earn promotion to play at the higher D1 level.

Soccer players rely on four main qualities to succeed -- Technical, Tactical, Physical, and Psychosocial.  Many players (and parents) assume that the physical attributes (such as size and speed) are most important, but this is far from the truth.  Especially for younger players who have not yet reached physical maturity, a player's skill with the ball (technique), attitude, and work rate will be the main factors we assess when determining the right level for each player.

The best plan is to attend our Select Player Evaluations to see what your strengths and weaknesses are today as a player, and to give our coaches a chance to place you on a team that will challenge you properly this year.

Q: HOW MUCH TIME AND TRAVEL IS INVOLVED?

A: For D2 teams, there is almost no difference in the travel distances for games compared to our Rec-level teams, as they all play in the local Spindletop YSA league.  Our D1 teams play in the STYSA Dynamo/Dash League, and play most of their games in Baytown with some games at Gulf Coast.

All Select teams are scheduled for three practices a week, versus two practices each week for Rec teams.  Players are required to attend at least two practices each week, but strongly encouraged to make all three, as each practice focuses on different elements of play.  Our practices include a mix of functional training (for field players and goalkeepers), SAQ (speed/agility/quickness) training, technical/tactical training in small groups, and team-specific tactical training.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PLAY SELECT?

A: It is very affordable to play Select Soccer at Gulf Coast!  The full-year fee is just $400 (approximately $40/month), and it can be paid in multiple installments.  This "all-inclusive" fee covers registration, training, facility maintenance, league fees, referee fees, and entry fees to Fall Championships and one State Cup competition each year.  Players who do not already own a Select uniform kit must also purchase one for $85, but will wear this kit for several more years if it still fits and is in good condition.

We work very, very hard to keep our fees as low as possible while still providing a top-quality program.  To compare, it would cost $1500-$2500 a year to play at a similar level for most other clubs in the Houston area!  You don't become a better player when you buy an overpriced uniform with a pro club logo on it, or pay excessive licensing fees to fund a club's other teams, branding, and facilities in another city.  At Gulf Coast, we invest 100% of the fees we collect in you and your team, not someone else!

Q: CAN'T I JUST PLAY FOR MY HIGH SCHOOL TEAM IN THE SPRING AND NOT PLAY SELECT?

A: Gulf Coast supports players who want to enjoy the high school soccer experience, but we also know that there are real limits to how much players can improve if they only play a few months out of each year.  Soccer is a very complex game to play well.  It takes many years of training and practice to reach a decent standard of technical, tactical, and physical ability as a player.  Although each school is different, in most cases you will not have done the work required to even make a high school varsity soccer program (much less get playing time) if you are only playing during the high school season, or only playing on a Rec-level team during the fall.

Further, it takes months of continuous training to get into a good physical condition to compete at a high standard.  If you wait for the high school season to begin your high-level training, you won't achieve game fitness until near the end of the season.  By playing on a Select-level team, you will have been training and competing for nearly 5 months before the tryouts begin for your high school team, giving you the best chance to succeed in your school season.

Put simply, if you aspire to play at a higher level someday (such as high school, college, or beyond), then you need to be playing on a Select-level team now to make sure you are getting the training and competition that you'll require achieving those goals in the future.