Competition Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS COMPETITIVE SOCCER?
Competitive soccer is designed for those players who wish to play
soccer at a higher level of competition. Teams are often referred to
as traveling teams because they play games out of town. There are two
different levels of play for competition teams, Class III (designed
for teams just starting in the program) and Class I (the highest level
of recreational soccer). Teams range in age from Under-10 to Under-19
and include both boys and girls teams. Class III teams generally have
the same 2 year age gap as Home League, so there will be teams for
Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16. The exception is the older
group, which is Under-19. Class 1 teams are usually Ďage pureí
meaning there are divisions for Under-10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16,
-17, -18 and Under-19.
HOW ARE COMPETITIVE TEAMS CHOSEN?
Coaches apply each year for a competitive team. The DYSL Board of
Directors approves the list of coaches, who then hold tryouts. Every
player may try out for a team. After the try out process, coaches
will contact each player to inform him or her if they have made a
WHO DO THE COMPETITIVE TEAMS PLAY?
For the most part, the competitive program is run by DYSLís
parent organization, the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA). The DYSL
is a part of District IV, which encompasses most of Alameda and Contra
Costa Counties. District IV consists of 14 leagues with locations
ranging from Union City to Benicia and includes Oakland, Hayward,
Lafayette/Orinda, Walnut Creek and Concord, plus the East Diablo
Soccer League in Oakley/Brentwood. Leagues and schedules are made up
by the district and usually include a ten game schedule with
approximately half of the games out of town.
HOW LONG IS THE COMPETITION
Most competition teams play throughout the year. The main league
season runs from early September to mid-November of each year. In
addition, teams in the age groups Under-14 and below play a winter
season (the older kids are off so they can play high school soccer).
Teams in the spring begin preparations for both tournaments and the
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF COMPETITION
First, it must be understood that playing competitive soccer
requires a higher commitment level than recreational soccer. This
additional commitment is both from a time and dedication standpoint,
and a financial one. Teams often travel to out of town tournaments and
games. Most teams practice throughout the year. Second, unlike the
home or recreational leagues, competitive soccer is comprised of the
best players available and not all players will have sufficient skill
levels to play at this higher level. The coaches of each team make the
final decision on who to carry on their roster.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO PLAY
The 2010 registration fee is $200. This includes insurance, league
games, practices and referee costs for the fall season. Cost to
play winter ball varies but is usually $25 per player. There are other
costs as well. For example, a second sets of uniforms (an absolute
necessity at tournaments), warm-up suits and team bags are purchased
by the team. The costs of tournaments is borne by each team. The
league pays for one tournament each year and there is a cost in gas,
lodging and meals for out of town tournaments. Some coaches or team
parents hold fund raisers to pay for these additional costs.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MAKE A COMPETITIVE TEAM?
Any player that does not make a competitive team will be placed
back into the home league program and any difference in cost will be
HOW CAN I DETERMINE IF A TEAM IS AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILD?
The Competition Page on this lists each of the coaches and the
age groups for which we anticipate having teams. You can either 1)
contact the coach directly; 2) contact the Competition Director, Jim
firstname.lastname@example.org; 3) inquire at normal league
registrations or; 4) contact us through this website. We encourage you
to make contact with the appropriate coach and discuss any questions
you may have about how the team is managed.
IF I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS MY CHILDíS COACH, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
We always want to hear from you without respect to the news
being great or not so great. Initially you should discuss any issues
with the Competition Director, Jim Bonwell, who can be contacted at