CSP United (CYSA Competitive Select Program)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the CSP?
Cumberland Youth Soccer's
Select teams, playing in the Competitive Select Program (CSP), were established
to provide Premier experience, play and coaching. Our teams continue to be
successful competing at top levels across Rhode Island and Massachusetts. CSP
United gives our players, as well as other out of town players, the opportunity
to receive higher level experience at a lower cost than Premier clubs, and with
2. How is CSP different from
CSP United teams will receive
more experienced coaching, additional training time, high level tournament
offerings, and additional training opportunities. In return, it is expected
that the players chosen for the Select teams exhibit a higher level of ability,
and have a stronger commitment to the sport and dedication to the team. Teams
will be formed with the intent of competing against other top level teams.
3. What leagues will CSP
United teams play in?
Select teams will play in
either the Mass Premier League (MAPLE) or the RI Superliga top division
according to age group and team strength and also participate in out of state
tournaments to expand both the challenge and playing experience.
4. How are tryouts run?
Tryouts are run by the coaches
of the age groups trying out. There are also evaluators on the field that will
provide their final input to the coaches. Coaches of different age groups would
weigh the significance of certain abilities differently, but we will be looking
at the following categories: Physical (Quickness, Speed, Endurance, Strength,
Power, Flexibility, Agility), Technical (Receiving, Dribbling, Passing,
Shooting, Heading), Tactical (Use of space, changing point of attack,
creativity, vision, attack, defensive positioning), and Psychological (Desire
for ball, risk taking, innovation, concentration, poise, confidence, ability to
comprehend and accept constructive criticism, leadership, ‘coachability’).
While parents are welcome to
stay and observe the tryouts, we ask that you refrain from coaching your
children. We also ask that you do not engage in any discussion in which you
compare the skill level of the children or make any comments to the evaluators
to attempt to influence or gain favor with them. This is not a competition. It
is an evaluation.
5. Can players ‘try up’ / ‘
The CSP United teams will
target predominately single age group teams, but boys or girls can ‘play up’ in
age bracket depending upon ability and maturity.
6. Is special consideration
made for positional players? (ex. Goalies)
Where applicable, coaches will
provide opportunities during tryouts for positional players to demonstrate
their abilities. Coaches, especially at the older age brackets, will want to
consider covering all positions, including the Goalie position.
7. Do players from existing
teams have to try out?
Each year, CSP teams will
require a tryout to reselect their team. No player from an existing CSP team is
guaranteed a roster spot on the new team.
8. Does every player make a
team? How are selections made? How is this communicated?
Not every player trying out
will make a CSP United Team. With the oversight of the CYSA Director of Select and
the CYSA VP of Competitive Soccer , the coaches of each team will make their
selections for roster spots on their teams. Coaches could use the input from the
evaluators, but will ultimately be responsible for their selections based on
the results of the tryouts they organize.
Each player that tries out for
a team will be notified within 7 days of the last tryout, whether they make a
CSP team or not. If you have not heard from CYSA within the 7 day period,
please contact Al Lopes, Director of Select, at email@example.com. Please
allow the full 7 day period to run prior to contacting Mr. Lopes. Please include your child’s name and date of
birth in any correspondence you send so that we may determine which coach to
9. Will every age group
trying out players form a CSP team?
Because we are holding tryouts
for certain age brackets, it does not mean there will definitely be a team at
that age bracket. We will not create a CSP team if there are not enough ‘select
caliber’ players to form one or if there are not enough players to make up a roster. It is important to keep the quality of these
teams at a high enough level to compete in top leagues. 2007 and 2008 rosters must have at least 12 players, 2005 and 2006 rosters must have at least 15 players, and 2001-2004 rosters must have at least 18 players.
10. For players that do not
make a team, what are their CYSA alternatives?
Not being added to a CSP roster
should not discourage players. Our Competitive Program that begins in late
Fall, is a great program to continue to participate in. The goal of the program
is to develop skills, teach technique and tactics, and to create an environment
of sportsmanship and fun. There are
also many opportunities throughout the year for additional training. Players
should continue to work to improve their abilities with the goal of retrying
the following year.
11. What is the policy around concussions?
If any child has a concussion or needs to leave a game due to a head injury, a signed medical/doctor's note must be sent to our Player Advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org. The PA will verify that it is safe for the child to return to play and provide approval to the team coach.