general select program FAQs

Who can participate in the Sockers FC Wisconsin select program?
The select program is open to all players who are age 9 by August 1, prior to the start of the fall season. Sockers WI select program has teams for boys and girls age levels U11 through U19, based on the number of available athletes and coaches. In almost all cases there will be more than one team in an age division. Players need to tryout and be offered a position in order to participate.

Does my player have to play in his age group, or can he/she play up?
Players are strongly encouraged to play at their age appropriate level. While at a very young age, we see significant differences in how quickly players develop soccer skills. By the age of 10 or 11, these differences become much less significant, and in general, disappear by age 12. What this means is that eventually, most players playing up need to reintegrate into their regular age group, at great psychological cost to both the player and the parents.

There are significant advantages for superior players to play in their own age group. In particular, players playing up rarely develop field or team leadership, because they do not have superior skills to their teammates, and because they lack maturity.

Beyond academy years, we rarely allow players to play above their age level in the Select program. When we do, the exception must be approved by the coach, the DOC, the VP Select and the Board.

What is the rule regarding playing time?
Expectations for playing time in the select program vary by age group and league. Playing time may not be equal for all players.

What is expected of players in the select program?
The select program is a higher level of soccer, and therefore requires a higher level of commitment from the players and parents. It is a privilege to play in a select program, and we expect players to conduct themselves in a professional manner, on and off the field. Players must respect and listen to their coaches at all times during games and practice. Games are held every weekend during the season, generally on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For most teams, the season consists of 7-8 league games in the fall, and 7-8 league games in the spring. Tournaments are held in the fall and spring seasons. Most teams attend 2-3 tournaments in each season, adding 9-12 games to both the fall and spring seasons. Futsal (a form of indoor soccer recommended be FIFA) is offered in winter (not mandatory but strongly recommended). Select soccer activities come second to academic requirements.

How much parent involvement is there in the select program?
The select program’s success is dependent on parent participation. In 2013-2014, parents are required to donate 6-12 hours of volunteer time towards the club. A refundable volunteer fee is required at registration time, and will be returned after completion of volunteer hours. Some areas of opportunity for involvement include: field striping/maintenance, concession stand, and tournaments/soccer events.

When do we practice? How often?
Practice for the fall season generally begins the first week of August with league games running until early November. Select teams practice two to three times per week for one and and a half hours to one hour and forty five minutes. The spring season starts up once the snow is gone and the fields are playable, generally the first part of April. Spring league games are generally complete around the first part of June

tryout FAQs

When are tryouts?
Tryouts for each team are held in mid June. Dates and times are published on this web site, through club wide email, and announced through school newsletters, local publications such as the Lake Country Reporter, and neighborhood signs. Tryouts are a two- to three-day process, with an additional day scheduled should weather problems arise. Unless posted otherwise, tryouts are held at the Ewald Soccer Park (directions).

What if my child is injured, or is not available during the tryout sessions?
A coach may, but is not required to, hold open a roster spot for an injured player who cannot attend the tryout session. Players who cannot make the tryouts may be given an individual tryout with the coach, scheduled at the coach’s convenience, and with approval by the Program DOC and the VP Select. Because individual tryouts make it difficult to evaluate the player’s ability to perform with a team, they are less likely to be successful. Players are not allowed to try out a second time for a team because they “had a bad practice”. The two-day tryout session contains a variety of exercises, and gives the committee time to evaluate players.

winter program FAQs

Do teams or individuals register to Baseline practice sessions?
The club gives every player access to Baseline practices, regardless of whether other players on the same team commit to Baseline sessions. Players register individually to Baseline sessions.

Will my team practice as a team for Baseline?
Each team practices as a group in Baseline practices IF a good majority of the players commits to the Baseline. If only a few participate, we try to keep the players together, and append them to another team’s Baseline practice.

Should I sign up for Baseline if most of my team cannot?
Yes. Soccer skills are forged in winter. Winter practices have a sharp focus on ball handling skills and, in the older age groups, small scale tactics. What we have seen every year is that players who participate in winter practices come out in spring with significantly better individual skills compared to other players who did not. Baseline practices will make you a better player.

Will my team participate as a team to the Futsal League?
No. The DOCs build even rosters across age groups for Futsal League teams.

Will my team have the same coach for Baseline?
In general, teams who have a good majority of their players commit to Baseline practice with their coach. There are exceptions, as some coaches are not able to coach winter sessions. Sometimes, two teams share one gym for baseline practices, because they may not have a full contingent of players. The two coaches may decide to make specific arrangements about combined coaching, alternating who coaches which days etc. – this can result in teams being coached by two coaches during Baseline.

Should my team do a Brookfield Indoor session?
The first priority is to get your players in Baseline – it has the most impact of the players’ performance and the most bang for the buck. If the kids can and want to do both, great. If they can do one, it should be Baseline. Please make sure that your team manager checks compatibility first, before committing a team to BISC. Remember that all of our players will play approximately 8-12 games in Sockers WI winter futsal league, between January and March.

Are Brookfield Indoors sessions compatible with Baseline?
Not always. In 2012-2013, Baseline Session I is from November 6 through December 16, and Baseline Session II is from January 5 to March 28. In that same winter, BISC Sessions dates are Oct 22-Dec 23, Dec 27-Mar 4, and Mar 5-Apr 19. Play days vary by age, and may be on week days or week ends. BISC sessions fully overlap with Baseline. They can be incompatible with either Baseline practices, of Futsal League, or both. Please make sure that your team manager check compatibility first, before committing a team to BISC.

Coming to Baseline: do I need to make every practice?
It is OK if to miss some practices, or one practice out of two, due to logistics or other sports commitments. Send your player to Baseline even if she/he can’t make all practices. It is better to have some practices than none.

Coming to Futsal League Games: do I have to make every game?
A player who signs up needs to come to the game – or they will let down their team and the balance of the league. It does not mean they cannot miss one or two games due to important conflicts.

I cannot afford Baseline. What do I do?
Talk to the club – we will do what we can to make it possible.

Do I have to take both the Nov-Dec and the Jan-Mar Baseline practice sessions?
No. However, if players only come to one session, that session should be Jan-Mar, so as to tune them for Spring.

Proximity to the practices?
We work very hard to make sure that the practice sites fit the roster make-up.  We are fairly successful in this exercise.

I can’t commit without the practice dates. What do I do?
We schedule most of the practices on Mon-Th, so practically all players can make at least one of the days. For those who really cannot, they will have a SHORT period of time to cancel after the schedules come out. So this is not a valid excuse – put your player in Baseline:-)

Why did the club pick futsal rather than indoor soccer for Baseline?
Two reasons: ball handling skills and injuries. In indoor soccer, players can hit the ball into the boards, and the ball remains inbound. In futsal, the players must keep the ball inbound by not allowing it to go outside the lines. For this reason, futsal is a better accelerator of foot skills, and is widely seen as being the better winter sport for soccer players. In addition, particularly in the older ages, we see children playing the boards in indoor soccer get into extreme physical contact, significantly beyond what we expect in futsal.

Where is the Futsal League held?
All games occur in Sockers FC Wisconsin’s geographical base.