Competitive vs Recreational: Making the Choice

Competitive vs. Recreational: Making the Choice

 

Competitive Soccer vs. Recreational Soccer

 

How to decide what is right for your child and your family

 

One of the most frequently asked questions is “What is competitive (or select/club) soccer? And how is it different from recreational soccer?”

 

Recreational Soccer

There is no selection or tryout process. Skill evaluations may be held to form teams of equal talent levels.

All players who register are assigned to a team as long as space is available on team rosters.

There is usually a onetime registration fee for each 6 – 8 week season.

Players benefit from the opportunity of social interaction with other players of their own age.

Players learn basic soccer skills while benefitting from the physical fitness aspects of the game.

All games are usually held at the same location every weekend for the 6 – 8 week season.

 

Competitive Soccer

Tryouts are held to identify players on the basis of talent and ability.

Players selected for Cutler Ridge Soccer teams are committing to their team for one seasonal year (August 1 – May 31 of the following year).

Players selected for Cutler Ridge Soccer teams are committing to their team financially (coaching fees, league and tournament registration fees, referee fees) for one seasonal year.

Teams play a region wide schedule which requires travel and commitment.

 

 

How do I know what is right for my child and my family?

Before committing to a competitive soccer program ask yourself the following questions:

 

-As a parent, am I willing to make the financial commitment of club fees and travel expenses for a seasonal year?

-As a parent, am I willing to commit to getting my child to practice 2 – 3 times a week?

-As a parent, am I willing to make the commitment to getting my child to weekend games, even if the games are out of town and require extensive travel?

-As a parent, am I willing to allow my child to play games on Sunday or weeknights, if the league schedule demands?

-As a parent, am I willing to commit to tournaments throughout the seasonal year even holiday weekends?

-Does my child have time in their schedule? Can he/she balance homework, school sports, and other extracurricular activities in order to commit to a competitive team?

-Does my child want to play competitively for a year rather than 6 – 8 weeks, in our recreational program?

 

If you answered “yes” to all the above questions Then Cutler Ridge Soccer is for you!