Competitive Select Program (CSP)

Cumberland Youth Soccer's Select teams, playing in the Competitive Select Program (CSP), were established to provide a premier experience, play and coaching.  Our teams continue to be successful competing at premier levels across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Our program partners with the New England Revolution Academy to provide training modules and coaching that is consistent throughout the age groups, as well as the governing body for New England futsal. 


The CSP is open to Cumberland residents, as well as non-residents.

Beginning in 2013/2014, to differentiate Select teams from CYSA competitive teams, they will play under the name CSP United. The organization is also looking to expand the number of Select teams for the upcoming seasons.   Tryouts are required each year, usually in early June, to select CSP United teams for the upcoming season which begins each Fall.  In 2017, we will be holding tryouts for CSP United teams at the following age groups:   Girls 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and Boys 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.    

Select teams will play in either the Northeast Soccer League (NSL - or the RI Super Liga ( according to age group and team strength and also participate in out of state tournaments to expand both the challenge and playing experience.


The CSP United teams will target predominantly single age group teams but boys or girls can "play up in age bracket" depending upon ability and maturity.  Players must try out for their own age group before trying out up and it is at the discretion of the Board as to whether the child can be moved up in age groupings.  Please submit request in writing to CSP Director before having your child tryout for an older age group.

CSP United coaches are selected based on both playing and coaching experience together with a desire to advance their coaching qualifications appropriate for working with, and developing, premier players.

The Program spans over 4 sessions, typically consisting of 1 fall outdoor session, 2 winter indoor sessions, 1 spring outdoor session, 2 tournaments and additional training.  These sessions are determined by the coaches of each team in conjunction with the parents and also determined on the age group and limitations, if any, based on school sports teams.

The teams are selected based on tryouts, with rosters varying from 12-18 players on a team.

Sessions and Programs:

Ø There are 4 sessions for the Select program:

o Fall Outdoor Session – 8 weeks; August – early October with first practice being the first week of August. 

o Session 1 Indoor – 9 weeks; November – early January

o Session 2 Indoor – 9 weeks; January –March

o Spring Outdoor Session – 9 weeks; April – June

Ø The Select Program breakout:

o The 2 Winter Indoor sessions usually are and can be played at Wide World of Indoor Sports (WWIS), Forekicks, or other facilities that offer programs. 

§ Each 9 week session consists of:

· 1 weekly game and playoffs (for teams that qualify).

· 2 Practices per week, totaling ~22 per session.

oSome teams may practice 1 longer practice in place of 2.

· Additional professional training (clinics, skills training, etc.)

· Note: indoor and outdoor cleats are both acceptable at WWIS.

o Fall and Spring Outdoor sessions.

§ These sessions are played outdoors against other RI & Mass towns or clubs.

§ 1 game and 2 practices per week are included. 

§ CYSA home fields include Tucker, Cumberland Hill, Diamond Hill, High School.

Ø  Fees

o  The player fees for the 2018-2019 Competitive Select Program are as follows:   2003-2011: $995

§  Registration for tryouts in the database will require a $10 fee.  A stick on number will be provided at tryout for easy reference by the evaluators. 

The full payment will be broken down into multiple payments through the season, with a payment being due based on the below:

o  The fees will vary year to year, based on costs of program. CYSA is a non-profit organization. We work to charge players the incurred costs less any fundraising or sponsorship contributions.   Our goal is to charge enough to break even on the programs.

o  Uniforms and warm-ups are included in the above fees.

§  Uniform items included consist of 1 short, 1 pair of socks, 2 jerseys, 1 practice shirt, warm up jacket and warm up pant equivalent as decided on by CSP Director and CYSA Board.

§  Approximate cost of soccer bag is $40 additional if desired.

o  Discounts and fundraising:

§  CYSA runs fundraising programs throughout the year to help keep the fees down. We are always looking for volunteers to run or support these programs.  Please contact Director of Fundraising to volunteer.

§  If any financial aid is necessary, the CSP Director must be contacted before the start of the season to be considered.

Ø Coach Selection:

o All CYSA Select coaches must have background check completed and approved prior to being on field with players (no exceptions).

o All Coaches must complete CDC concussion test and safety awareness courses (no exceptions).

o Coaches are selected by the Coaching Selection Committee, made up of the Director of Select, Director of Coaches, Director of Player Development and selected members of the Competitive Committee.

o Selection criteria include experience, certifications, past performance, and other contributions (non monetary) to CYSA.

o Note: Select program coaches must be a higher level coach to be selected as head coach.    If we do not have a qualified candidate for a team, we will not field a select team.


Ø Registration / Tryouts /Team Selection:

o Registration starts in mid May into early June and ends upon conclusion of tryouts.

o Tryouts are held the first two weeks of June.  

§ Players are urged to attend 2 tryout dates to ensure proper evaluation.

§ Evaluators may include Head Coach, Competitive Committee members, certified coaches, and additional qualified trainers.

o Teams will be selected within 1 week of tryouts completion.

§ Selection Process:

· Coaches are determined prior to team selection.

· Tryout information is compiled and results are given to the coaches for review.

· Teams are then selected by the head coach…with approval of Director of Select, and the Player Advocate Director.

· Players are notified within 1 week of team selection.

o Please keep your email address updated in GotSoccer database.This email is used to notify players, along with phone calls.

Ø Refund Policy

o  Process for withdrawing from CYSA:

§  Once a player accepts a position on a Select team either via email confirmation or with their $100 first payment, their full balance of $875 is non-refundable, meaning that the full payment of $975 must be received.

§  If a player moves out of state during the season, makes an interscholastic team that will prevent them from participating in more than 50% of practices and games in a session or is injured during a CSP practice or game, refunds will be considered but not guaranteed.  

§  Decisions for refunds will be made by CYSA Competitive Payment Committee, consisting of VP Competitive, Director of Select, Player Advocate Director, Registrar, and President of CYSA.  Any refunds will take into account costs paid out by CYSA for leagues, player card registrations, etc.

§  Once and if a player receives a refund, their position on their current team is no longer guaranteed.

§  Coaches are not allowed to facilitate the process of refunds.

Ø Playing Time:

o Playing time is distributed at the coaches’ discretion, following guidelines below:

§ Not all players are required equal playing time.

§ Players’ attitude, performance, commitment and dedication will help dictate playing time.

§ CYSA competitive requires Select coaches to play each player (on average) a minimum of 35% of the game, assuming reasonable roster size.

§ Goalie’s minutes in goal count as playing time.

o Any disputes over playing time must be addressed professionally and require a 24 hour ‘cooling off’ period.   Under no circumstances shall a parent confront a coach immediately after a game.

§ If a parent wishes to voice a complaint, it must be in writing to the Director of Select or the Player Advocate Director.