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What is the Select Season?
The Select season is a program following the fall season open only to players who participated in the fall season in the U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19 divisions. This is an opportunity for players to improve their skills in a more competitive environment.
Select Season games start in early January and run through March, culminating with the Select Season tournament at the end of March. Select teams then stay together to play in several tournaments through at least the end of May. See "Expected travel and tournaments" below.
For U10 and U12 boys and girls, we will have a "preview workout session" over two weekends in October at Nugget Fields (Dates/Times - see below). These are voluntary, but they are an additional way for the Select Coaches to see the players.
The teams are drafted in November, with practices starting in December. For each age group and gender, the coaches get together and draft the players for that age/gender group using a serpentine draft method. Coaches will have scouted the players at a game (and Preview Day, if applicable). Each coach is looking for different things. Factors that often play a part in selection include skill, sportsmanship, team participation, speed, effort, an understanding of the game, attendance and participation in fall training, positional needs of the team and team chemistry. Each team needs referees to be eligible for tournaments. It is possible that a player will be selected because one of their parents is a referee.
Davis AYSO Select registration fees are $180 for U10-U14 and $75 for U16-19, which includes Regional costs, uniform purchase, and Select Tournament fees. There are a limited number of scholarships for the Region’s registration cost.
Team fees are in addition to these Regional registration costs, and include tournament registration fees (other than the Select Tournament), field rental fees, and other miscellaneous costs. These fees average approximately $350 per player. Participation in tournaments may also require lodging, transportation, and food costs, which are the responsibility of each family. Most teams participate in at least one tournament that requires overnight travel.
Criteria for the Select Season
PLAYERS: We encourage all eligible players to apply! Interested players must complete a short online application PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE detailing their current team, potential conflicts/other obligations and acknowledgements of the commitments is chosen. To be eligible to participate in the Select program a player must be registered, and must have participated, in the prior Fall Season no later than the last Saturday in September. For U10-U14 the player must participate in at least 70 percent of the Fall Season, which includes the Jamboree (U10) or Regional Tournament (U12, U14, U16, and U19). For U16-U19 the player must participate in at least 50 percent of the Fall Season. Rained-out games are included as games played, and players must meet regional playing time guidelines (currently three-quarters of each fall game). Exceptions to the eligibility requirements above may be allowed on a case-by-case basis with approval of the Select Committee. Players must participate in the same division in Select as they participated in during the prior Fall Season. The number of teams that will be formed in each division varies from year to year. In general, you can expect up to one Select team for every six fall teams. This will primarily depend on the number of qualified volunteer coaches.
COACHES: Similar to the players, all interested coaches who have coached in the Fall must fill out an online application PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE detailing their experience and acknowledgement of the commitments if selected. U10 coaches must have completed the U12 coaching class in order to be considered to coach U10 in the Select Season. All other coaches, including assistants, must have completed the appropriate coaching class level to their age group, AYSO Safe Haven training, and the CDC concussion training (the latter two available online.) There will be no exceptions to this rule. Coaches should have completed the required coach training at the time of applications.
COMMITMENT: A high level of commitment is expected from the coaches, players, and the parents. Select is for motivated and enthusiastic players. Other obligations MUST be included in the application if known or anticipated. While some players are involved in other sports, for the good of the team, most Select coaches require that training sessions and games take AT LEAST equal precedence with other activities. In addition to the player’s commitment, parents are required to participate in running the Select Tournament and the Davis World Cup tournament.
Calendar of events preceding the Select Season
Select teams will likely play half their games at away locations, so from January through mid-March, expect about five weekends during which you will play away games, usually in the Concord area, but sometimes Antelope or Stockton.
All select teams participate in these tournaments:
Newspaper reporting for Select Season
Only regularly scheduled games and sanctioned tournament results are to be reported. The Davis Enterprise will publish the results of AYSO Select games on their weekly youth soccer page if they are submitted in the proper fashion—see the Select Newspaper page for details.