Our select teams are registered with the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) league. Our Rec teams (U10+) are registered with the Great Lakes Coed Soccer League. A player may play on two teams provided the two teams are registered within different leagues.
This means it is possible for a player to participate in both our select and rec program provided they can meet the time committment for practice and games.
A player cannot be registered on more than one select team or more than on rec team.
Per GVSA Rules section E.5:
All players are entitled to a minimum amount of playing time for each regularly scheduled GVSA game, as follows:
i. U10 and younger aged players are entitled to play a minimum of one-half (1/2) of each game.
ii. U11 and U12 players are entitled to play one-third (1/3) of each game.
iii. The only exceptions to this rule are for players serving league suspensions, injuries and players subject to reasonable team discipline, which the coach shall note on the game report prior to the start of the game. Reasonable team discipline includes missed practices.
iv. Coaches may not shorten a player’s playing time in one game, and make it up in another.
v. This policy applies to all players, including goal keepers.
vi. It is not the job of the Referee or GVSA to enforce this rule. Breaches of the rule shall be addressed initially to the player’s club. Trifling breaches of the rules are not cause for complaint, unless they occur on a regular basis.
The GVSA league does not define a minimum playing time for players in age groups U13 and up.
Absolutely! Attending tryouts and the potential placement on a RPYSC select team is optional. We will continue to register many recreational players and create RPYSC recreational teams at all age levels within RPYSC (U6-U8) and the Great Lakes Coed Soccer League (U10+).
Attending tryouts and placing on a RPYSC select team is a growth opportunity for players who would like to take their soccer skills to the next level. Player and parents need to balance the opportunity for growth with the increased commitment and player interest.
Our select teams are registered with the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) league. Our Rec teams (U10+) are registered with the Great Lakes Coed Soccer League. A player may play on two teams provided they are within different leagues. This means it is possible for a player to participate in both our select and rec program provided they can meet the time committment for practice and games.
Recognizing the current challenges in the economy and the impact on our area, RPYSC is working to minimize the cost of our select program. We work hard to ensure our rec program is one of the most cost competitive programs in the area (compare our registration and equipment costs to neighboring soccer clubs and other sports). We plan to do the same for our select program.
Tryout dates and the earliest date we can make offers to select players are published by the league that organizes our select games; Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA). Typically tryouts are held during the third week of June. Please check our home page for specific dates and age grouping.
We start registration for tryouts at 5:30pm.
Tryouts start at 6pm and complete by 8pm.
The GVSA league allows players to play up a maximum of two age groups. Consider this when attending tryouts - players may wish to tryout for more than one age group depending on their ability.
* Please note the U15+ boys teams play for the spring season and the U15+ girls teams for the fall season. This is because the older age group players usually play on a High School team during the Fall (boys) or Spring (girls). While older Girls' teams suspend play during the Spring, they may wish to play again in the summer, after High School season ends, in a tournament. This is permissible per GVSA rules.
Due to planned field improvements occuring over the summer at our home RPMS fields, we will be holding tryouts at the Reeths-Puffer High School Soccer fields.
The High School Soccer fields are behind Reeths-Puffer Elementary School, 1404 N. Getty Street, Muskegon.
Registration for RPYSC Select teams involves a higher cost commitment compared to recreational teams. This is driven by higher league registration fees, uniforms (home and away colors are required), tournament fees and travel costs, etc. However we want to make RPYSC Select registration costs as accessible as possible. Our mission is to enable all area youth to develop their soccer skills. You will see that the costs described below are very competitive with neighboring select clubs.
Our annual registration cost for the RPYSC Select program in 2011/12 were:
- $200 for U14 and below
- $150 for U15 and above
We will update our web site as soon as we have determined 2012/13 fees.
Registration cost includes:
- GVSA league registration fees
- Referee fees
- Insurance while practicing and playing on RPYSC fields
- Access to RPYSC fields for practice and home games
- Field maintenance; nets, line marking, re-seeding etc.
- Licence fees for coaches committing to RPYSC select
- MSYSA Risk management fees
- One tournament fee per year!
The registration fee is payable in two installments; 50% is due with your registration form when you accept an invitation to play on a RPYSC select team. The remaining 50% is due before your first game in the fall season. Registration fees are non-refundable with the exception of extenuating circumstances approved by the RPYSC board.
Individual coaches may expect their teams to attend additional tournaments, clinics and indoor soccer sessions during the winter. These team specific expectations will be communicated with your invitation to play on a team after tryouts. You will have the opportuntity to review and agree to these team specific requirements before submitting your registration form after tryouts.
Team parents, players and coaches may optionally elect to purchase additional accessories at their cost, such as player back packs, sweat shirts etc. Just For Kicks in Muskegon, offers a wide range of accessories and can personalize them with the RPYSC logo, player number or team name.
Uniforms will be extra. The standard RPYSC green jersey will be used for away games. These will cost $25. A special select white home uniform package (jersey, shorts, socks) will be available for purchase from Just For Kicks. We expect total home and away, uniform cost to be under $100 depending on the options (eg extra socks, shorts etc) you choose.
Miscellaneous league fees such as lost player cards and transfer requests will be extra. These fees are not common and will charged to a player on the rare occasions they are incurred.
There is no cost for tryouts.
In fact, we encourage all players to tryout for RPYSC Select. Regardless of acceptance on to a Select team this will be a valuable experience for players of all abilities.
Be prepared to demonstrate your best at all times during the tryout session. Come prepared as you would for a game (cleats, shin guards, water and appropriate ball), but don't wear RPYSC colors.
Although your soccer skills on the field are obviously important, evaluators will also be looking for examples of good sportsmanship, ethics, communication with your fellow players, coaches and officials. We will be looking for players who are willing to listen and grow. You can improve your chances for selection if you can demonstrate your ability to play in more than one position.
There are a lot of useful guides on the internet to help a player understand what is expected at a tryout.
Here are some links:
If possible, consider these guidelines as you play during the season leading up to tryouts. Talk to your current coach about your strengths and areas where you can improve. Practice and plan to have fun at tryouts!
The Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) requires all players to participate in open tryouts in June. Each player will be individually evaluated based on their skills, sportsmanship, ethics and committment to the team including fellow players, coaches and officials.
Acceptance on to teams will be made only through open tryout evaluations.
If you wish to bring a team to RPYSC's Select program all players on that team must tryout and have an equal opportunity to be placed on a team together with other tryout participants based on a demonstration of their abilities.
If you have questions regarding this, please contact our director of coaching.
Select (or travel) soccer is an opportunity for recreational soccer players to continue the growth of their soccers skills in an increasingly competitive environment while still placing an emphasis on development. As the name implies, players are selected annually for teams based on the abilities they demonstrate in open try-outs. Try-outs are scheduled in June for teams expecting to start play in the fall. All players try-out every year regardless of whether they have played on a select team before.
Select teams typically travel farther than recreation level teams. The GVSA league area is larger than the GLCSL area. Select teams also have the opportunity to register for one or more select level tournaments which may require travel outside of our normal playing area (possibly requiring overnight stays).
All select players rostered on a team will be required to have a photo id card (aka passcard). The league prints these cards for registered players and the coach is responsible for attaching and laminating a current player photo. These are retained by the coach and inspected by referees at the start of each game. Only rostered players with id cards are allowed to play in a GVSA game.
Select teams have firm roster limits defined by the GVSA league. These are:
Number of Players
Players within select teams will be expected to dedicate a greater amount of time to organized practice compared to recreational soccer. It is assumed that a select player has a high level of interest in growing their soccer skills and will also work to perfect skills outside of organized practice times.
Clubs within the GVSA Select League cover a wider geographical region than GLCSL Rec League so travel distances for away games will increase.
Practice time will vary based on age group and coach. A typical practice committment is two practices per week (approx 90mins each) and a GVSA eight game schedule. Of the eight games, four will be away games within the GVSA club area. Games are usually scheduled on Saturday or Sunday.
Commitment to a select team is for both fall and spring seasons for all players age U14 and below.
All area players are welcome to tryout for RPYSC Select teams.
Although our club name reflects our geographic location we have many players from neighboring school districts participate within our club.
Our goal is to make the RPYSC Select program as accessible as possible by keeping costs as low as possible.
Do you have a question that isn't answered in our list of frequently asked questions related to select teams?
If you do, please visit our contact us page to submit a question or comment and a board member will respond as quickly as possible.
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