Legacy United Soccer Club FAQs
Welcome to Legacy United Soccer Club. We designed this page to answer some of the more frequent questions parents have during the season and tryouts.
How is Club soccer different from Rec/AYSO?
Club soccer is more competitive and selective than Rec/AYSO. There are fewer participants and those that do play are the ones that demonstrate the most commitment, aptitude and interest for playing high level competitive soccer.
Unlike Rec/AYSO, players are not guaranteed equal playing time and game scores & standings for the season are kept at every level – even the youngest (U8).
However it is important to emphasize that LUSC coaches are focused on individual player development and not just winning games at early ages. Coaches set long term goals knowing that fundamental skills developed early-on will pay dividends in years to come.
In the older age groups - as players transition into High School soccer and higher levels of competition - playing time will be increasingly based on merit and ability to contribute to the team, which is why we strongly recommend trying club soccer early.
Although not impossible, it becomes increasingly difficult for players to “step up” to club play as they get older.
When is the season? When do practices start?
Club soccer involves year round competition, with practices taking place throughout the year except for a one month break in the Summer and Winter. The club runs tryouts at the end of February, so our year effectively runs from March-Feb.
The CSL Fall League and the CalSouth State Cup are the two major competitions that the club participates in. The Fall League begins around the start of September for every age group and level of play. The State Cup starts at different times depending on age group and level of play, and takes place around Feb-April.
Where/when do the teams practice?
Practices take place at several fields throughout the year. All of the fields are based around the Paso Robles and Templeton areas.
Each team will be assigned 2 -3 practices/week, in addition to extra specialty training sessions, such as goalie training and skills based training.
Typically, the younger teams will practice from 4:00-5:30pm and older teams will practice 5.30-7pm depending on overall club and coach scheduling (adjustments are made to accommodate daylight or seasonal changes).
Please check your team’s Teamsnap Calendar for exact training times, locations and dates.
How far do teams travel?
Legacy, along with other area clubs, participates in Cal South. At the beginning level of play ("Bronze") teams are grouped with other Central Coast teams as well as teams as far South as Santa Barbara. In addition to having games in SLO County, the U8-U11 teams will typically drive as far as Santa Barbara for some Fall League games. Depending on how many teams are available to play at a certain team’s level, travel could be farther. As teams progress both in age and quality level (“Silver” and above) they will frequently travel as far as Ventura and Oxnard and sometimes into Northern LA County for away games. Parents often carpool to these away games and take multiple players with them. Traveling is a fun and rewarding part of any club sport experience.
The Club will play in the Coast Soccer League (CSL) in the Fall and the Central Coast Soccer League (CCSL) in the Spring with alternate options possible per decisions by the coaching staff in coordination with the DOC. The objective is for each team to play at the right level of competition to maximize player and team development. Coaches constantly evaluate their players and the team’s progress as well as the playing league and competition. It is up to the coach to decide if/when to move a team to another level or bracket if they think it is more appropriate for the players and the team to develop.
My child plays baseball/track in the spring can s/he still play competitive soccer?
A lot of children playing Club soccer also have other interests. While players are expected to prioritize Club soccer over other commitments, we believe in the importance of all round development of young people. Most of our players take part in other sports and activities, and fit them around their Club soccer schedule.
Some players take short breaks during the Spring to focus on another activity.. Please note though that there is no discount for playing less than a full year, except for HS players.
We want to encourage commitment to the team and believe that the more practices and games each child attends, the stronger both the players and the team will become. You may want to discuss your child’s other commitments with the team coach and manager once you are assigned to a team.
Are games on Saturdays or Sundays?
League games can be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. Once the schedules are published, teams have an opportunity to negotiate times/dates to try to minimize any scheduling conflicts, but you should expect that there will be some games on both days.
Tournaments are played over whole weekends, and are organised by individual teams within the club based around the availability of team members.
How many children play on a team?
2009 and 2010 birth year teams will play 7 v7 with a roster of 10-12 players, 2007 and 2008 birth years will play 9 v 9 with a roster of 12-14 players in the 2018/19 season.
All older teams will play 11 v 11 and will have rosters of 14 to 18 players (or up to 22 maximum at the U16+ level).
Who are the coaches?
Legacy United coaches are all fully licensed with US and/or International federations and have several years of experience in coaching competitive level teams. The club has a policy to only use professional, non-parent coaches (meaning they do not have their own children on the team they are coaching).
Our coaches are dedicated to the game and developing the next generation of players. They work closely together to design and implement effective training sessions to create a club-wide approach to playing the game based on technical excellence, tactical superiority and intensity & purpose.
Who are the Team Managers?
Each team has one or more Team Managers. The Manager’s duties include processing registrations, communicating with parents, working with the coach to schedule scrimmages and tournament participation. The Manager may assign various roles to other parent volunteers such as, equipment/uniform liaison, fundraising, etc.
Where do the teams practice?
Practices take place at several fields throughout the year. Each team will be assigned 2 -3 practices/week, in addition to extra specialty training sessions, such as goalie training and skills based training. Typically, the younger teams will practice from 4:00-5:30pm and older teams will practice 5.30-7pm depending on overall club and coach scheduling (adjustments are made to accommodate daylight or seasonal changes). Please check your teams Teamsnap Calendar for exact training times, locations and dates.
What are the fees involved?
Our initial fee is $150 to cover registration and associated costs, with a monthly fee after that.
Included in club monthly fees:
Min. 3 hours per week high quality professional Team Training
Special Training (GK Training, Striker Sessions, Soccer Fitness etc.)
All field fees throughout the year
Full entry fee and referee fees for THREE official competitions (Clasico de Robles, CSL Fall League and CalSouth State Cup)
Monthly fees are currently $75 per month paid for 10 months, or 8 months for High School players.
*Please note - Uniform costs are separate and typically cost about $100 for a full set of uniforms that need to be replaced every 2-3 years.
The club and team provided fundraising and scholarship opportunities to assist families in off setting these expenses.
Do you offer any discounts?
Players that take a break through High School season pay for only 8 months rather than 10 months as they would not train with the club at that time.
We also offer a sibling discount for families that have more than one child playing at the club. Please ask your team manager for more details.
Where can I go for more information?
Please visit the Legacy United Soccer Club website, www.legacyunitedsc.com or direct your queries to: ContactLUSC@gmail.com
Can my child "play up" in the next age bracket?
Please see the LUSC Guidelines on "Playing Up", below (PDF).
How many children will make a team?
Teams formed through Club tryouts tend to stay together from one season to the next, so our existing teams are usually looking to add just a few more players.
Sometimes larger groups of players come from another soccer organisation to the club and this forms the basis of a new team with many new players added from tryouts.
Where we don’t have any existing team we will look to form one from the tryout attendance, and this is most commonly the way younger age group teams are formed.
Does my son/daughter have to come to all of the tryouts?
Every child is expected to come to as many tryout days as possible. Although only two days attendance is required, the more tryout days your child comes to, the more comfortable they will be and the better opportunity the coaches will have to evaluate them in depth.
You and your child will also have more opportunities to ask questions, get to know the coaches and managers, and get a better feel for what Club soccer at Legacy United will be like.
Are existing Club players guaranteed to keep their roster spots?
Everyone attends the tryouts, even if they are currently playing on a LUSC team. This gives the coaches a chance to view new players alongside current players, both as a comparison and also to see if there is a good fit with the team.
Most, but not necessarily all, LUSC players from the previous season will make it onto the team again. Some may switch between teams based on what the coaches believe is the best situation for a specific player’s development. Coaches will evaluate the whole pool of players to make the final selections.
What are the coaches looking for?
In general, the coaches are looking for good co-ordination and technique, the ability to respond to coaching, and a genuine joy for the game. Coaches are also looking for players that are intelligent, curious and want to learn. Creativity, game understanding and athletic ability are all bonuses.
I want my son/daughter to play with a particular coach or on a specific team/age group? Is this possible?
Players are assigned to teams firstly based on their age, and then potentially moved according to assessment of their ability and their physical development.
The club always has the best possible developmental path for the individual player in mind and for that reason we can’t guarantee that any player will be able to play on a team or with a coach of their choosing.
Players do get opportunities to play for different teams within the club either at a different competition level or age group when we feel it is appropriate.
Can my child "play up" in the next age bracket?
Every player must try out for their own age group and may also try out for the next age group up. Please be aware though that we generally only allow players to join an older age group team in exceptional circumstances.
Players should be competing at the level that is appropriate for their size and ability - sometimes that means having experience of playing in a different age group level. This should not be forced though, or development will suffer.
Players are usually given opportunities to play up on a case by case basis, while mainly playing for their correct age group team.
When will we hear the results of the tryouts?
The teams will be finalised no later than one week after the end of tryouts and a member of the club, usually the coach of the team in question if the role has already been assigned, will be in contact with you via the means of contact provided in your tryout application form.
What if my son/daughter doesn’t make a team?
We offer the best Club training available in the area, and many players have chosen to take advantage of that despite not making the final roster for their age group team. They simply stay with the club as training players at a reduced monthly cost.
Often this results in them making the team in the following year, once they have had some experience of higher level and more competitive training sessions.