WHAT IS COMPETITIVE SOCCER?
Select soccer begins at U11 and requires a significant time commitment. Most team’s practice at least 2 or 3 times a week and many teams play in 30-40 or more games per year. Player tryouts usually begin July 1. Teams frequently have training/conditioning camps in late July and many teams play in their first tournament in August. Most leagues begin in late August or early September and continue right up to Thanksgiving (sometimes beyond). The Spring season usually begins in mid-February (with practice before that) and continues until late May (and sometimes beyond). Some teams play in tournaments before the start of the Spring season as a warm up to get prepared for league play. Many teams play in multiple tournaments from Memorial Day weekend through the end of June. And then it starts over for the next soccer year. Competitive soccer is for focused, highly motivated, talented players, who want to experience the enjoyment and developmental benefits that come from a) licensed coaches, and b) training and competing with and against other focused, talented, achievement-oriented players.
Competitive players train regularly to develop soccer skills and training habits that will enable them to acquire a sense of mastery and competence, and to compete successfully in competitions. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and character development are cornerstones of the LBK FC Program. Experienced, licensed coaches will coach all LBK FC competitive teams. LBK FC coaches must meet minimum educational and experience standards. Once accepted into the club as coach, they must continue their professional development each year by attending coaching courses and clinics. Practices are MANDATORY. Please do not expect to play -- unless you attend each scheduled practice with your team or a substituted practice. Players must realize that this is not recreational soccer, and there is no such thing as 50% playing time. Players must bring a ball, shin guards, water, and a serious attitude to learn and train hard to each and every practice. Traveling to games on a regular basis is a part of playing select soccer. Tournament travel will also be expected, as this is part of developing to a higher level. Most LBK FC teams plan to play in at least two tournaments per year, that will be included in team dues. Teams may elect to play in more tournaments and registration fees will be assessed or gained through fundraisers. In recreational soccer, the focus is most often on social interaction, "having fun" with friends, which often comes at the expense of instruction. In select soccer, the focus is on teaching in an enjoyable manner that is appropriate for the child's age level. Individual skills and team tactics are taught and implemented in order to more fully develop your child's level of play.
WHERE DOES LBK FC PLAY?
LBK FC select teams play in the West Texas Premiere League, Arlington League and other Dallas leagues as well as regional and statewide tournaments and indoor leagues.
HOW MANY ARE ON THE TEAM?
Roster size for each team is TBD, but will remain small enough to possess adequate substitutions while emphasizing playing time. Most select teams maximize roster size as it brings more money to the club and team; LBK FC concentrates on playability, and not numbers. Playtime and positions are not guaranteed, but earned.
AM I REQUIRED TO SIGN A CONTRACT?
In recreational soccer, teams are formed based on random selections from the player pool regardless of their level of ability or knowledge of the game. In select soccer, teams are formed based on player "grading" during the club's annual tryouts (which take place during the first week of July). Players in Select Soccer sign contracts to play for a club for a year at a time. The signing of contracts is permitted on July 1st for all players. Signing contracts prior to these dates and post-dating the contract is strictly prohibited and is punishable by a severe sanction, which could include suspension for a period of time to be determined by the NTSSA Competitive Committee. If any person asks you to sign a contract before these dates, refuse to do so, and call North Texas State Soccer Association at (972) 323-1323 immediately and report the infraction. This is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly or ignored. "Signing a contract" means actually writing your name on the contract. Post-dating the contract is in direct violation of this rule.
IS SIGNING A CONTRACT AN LBK FC REQUIREMENT OR NATIONAL REQUIREMENT?
For competitive/select soccer, signing a contract is a National Requirement. Each club must operate under the guidelines of their respective home associations.
WHEN IS THE SOCCER SEASON?
Once you sign a contract, you are registered to that particular team for the entire soccer year – July 1st through June 30th of the following year.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our costs are very reasonable for a select soccer team in this area. In select soccer, the club forms a budget for the year and the monies due are split amongst the members of the team. A down payment is typically required and the remaining payments are paid on a monthly basis. Costs in select soccer will include things such as regular season league fees, referee fees, tournament fees, NTX registration, club fees, coach’s fee, etc. All of these costs are included in the member's monthly dues. Yearly player fees for LBK FC will range from $900 - $1,000, depending on whether the team plays locally or in out of town leagues. An exact spec sheet will be provided to those that make the team indicating initial payment due, uniform kits, monthly dues and payment due dates. LBK FC does not have any hidden fees. NO SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS, NO EXTRA COACHES TRAVEL FEES, NO ADDITIONAL REFEREE FEES, ETC. Player scholarships are available.
WHEN ARE TRYOUTS AND WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?
LBK FC will host open practices during the month of June to gage interested players and their respective playability and skill sets. The dates of the open practices will be posted on the LBK FC website. Players should arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to sign in and warm up. This will allow time for players to complete the required forms which includes a medical release that must be signed by a parent or guardian before a player will be allowed to participate in tryouts. Players should wear a WHITE shirt, cleats and shin guards, and bring a water bottle. Please DO NOT wear club uniforms or any other clothing indicating a club or team affiliation.
Parents and guardians do not need to be present at tryouts. Those who wish to stay and watch, are welcome to do so, but they will be asked to remain off to the side and they will not be permitted on the playing field during tryouts. The parents assisting with tryouts are not participating in the player selection process, and are only there to process players through check-in and to help with other administrative and logistical needs.
WHAT IF MY PLAYER DOES NOT MAKE THE TEAM?
One of the goals for U.S. Youth Soccer is to provide developmentally appropriate soccer opportunities to all soccer players. Players who don't make competitive teams can still sign up for recreational soccer with their respective home association. However, players cannot play both recreation and competitive.
CAN A PLAYER PLAY ON MORE THAN ONE TEAM?
No. Once under contract, a player is rostered to that one team for the entire soccer season.