Registration for the 20/21 soccer season has many specific considerations for families given the current state of affairs. We have summarized info for your convenience and will be updating regularly.
Registration FAQs doc can be found at:
- Volunteer Deposit
All families are required to pay a refundable $75 volunteer deposit player per season at registration.
This is refundable if volunteer obligations are met, by serving as:
- Volunteer coach
- Team Manager
- Affiliated Referee
- PSC Board Member
- Assisting with special events or activities as requested
Irrespective of the above, volunteer deposits are non-refundable to players on a team that incurs league fines for failing to earn enough ‘referee credits’.
- Tryout Process and Timelines
Players must register in advance of tryouts via Sportability (free)
PSC will run two 90 minute tryout sessions per age group (go here for Tryout dates)
- Players must attend at least one session, but PSC strongly recommends that players attend all tryouts for their age group.
- Exceptions will be made for players that are sick/injured during the tryout process (doctors note may be required).
- These players will need to attend a ‘tryout’ during the first team practice for their age group, during which they will be evaluated by a Pro Coach to determine if they will be offered a place on the Competitive team.
Team selections made by PSC Pro Coaches and 24-7 Evaluators
- Selected players will be contacted by a club representative to confirm spot on a team
- All players are contacted, regardless of whether or not they make a team
Players have 48 hours from offer being made to accept or decline their spot
- Acceptance requires online registration via Sportability (registration fee required)
- Players who apply for financial aid should contact the pro coach to inform them that their registration will be after their financial aid application has been processed.
- Team Formation
- After tryouts, players who are offered a place in the competitive program will be offered a spot into a Highlander ‘Pool’ for that age and gender.
- Pool practices consist of Purple and White (and Slate if/when required) practicing together with the Pro Coach of Purple AND White running the session.
- Final team selections will be determined after two/three weeks of practices, but before the first league games.
- Teams in the same age group will then continue to practice alongside each other throughout the season (to extent possible based on schedule and field availability)
- Refund Policy
Updated as of January 2017. This policy supersedes all other refund policy references or statements published.
Refunds of registration fees less a $70 cancellation fee are available until July 31st. After July 31st, fees are not refundable and not transferable, except for season-ending medical or family moves, as outlined above for the Highlander program. PSC will also grant a refund if we are unable to place the player on any age-appropriate team.Refunds for reasons such as friend or coach requests or carpooling accommodations will not be made.
Medical and Relocation Refund Requests
In the event that a player is injured during the season and cannot play or practice for the remainder of the season, the PSC Board may consider providing a partial refund. Families must submit a written request with a physician note to the PSC Registrar.
In the event that a family relocates out of the area during the season the Board may consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis. Families must submit a written request to the PSC Registrar.
Please note that refundable amounts are time-sensitive as costs accrue to the Club for services provided to the team based on player headcount each month. Consequently, the refundable amount will be affected by the date you request the refund, not the date of the event.
Questions about the refund policy can be emailed to PSC Registrar.
- Playing Time Policy
Piedmont Soccer Club – Playing Time Policy
All PSC players, including Highlanders and Recreational teams, will receive a minimum of 50% playing time at each game (and for younger ages, we strive for equal playing time). Exceptions to this may occur for disciplinary or commitment concerns which would be communicated to the player and to parent(s) of younger players in advance of any impacted game.
Coaches for PSC Recreational teams are all volunteers.
- PSC often has a shortage of coaches and works hard each year to provide enough coaches to support all of the players who want to join a team.
- Any interested parent is encouraged to become a coach as it’s an important role and a rewarding opportunity. Please contact the Coaching Coordinator to learn more:
- We provide coaching education to all PSC coaches. Please see our Coach Education Page.
- Coaches must register separately, as there are specific coaching registration and policy forms to sign which you will be asked to sign during the online registration process.
Team Official Registration And Risk Management Disclosure Form 1628
Zero Tolerance Policy
- Player Dependencies
There is a new request embedded within the online Kyck/US Club Soccer (competitive) and CYSA/CalNorth/US Soccer (Recreational) registration process asking if a player has ever played outside the US and what the player’s Country of Birth is. This is part of FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players mandate that clubs are complying with.
- Can My Child Play “Down”?
If they are registering for a Recreational team, a player may submit a play down request in their application. This should be on the grounds of medical reasons. Playing with classmates is not a sufficient reason. Any play down requests are sent to the playing league’s committee for approval (this is not decided by PSC).
- Can a Player Play “UP”?
All players encouraged to play at own age group where possible, but our policy allows players to play up, if they are in the same grade as the cohort of the team.
Players who wish to play up in the next age group must obtain the approval of both the Age Group Coordinator of the ‘correct’ age group and the Age Group Coordinator of the age group that the player is looking to play into.To obtain permission, the player (or parent) should email both Age Group Coordinators with the request. The request should include the player’s name, grade in Fall and a brief explanation of why the player wishes to play up.
Email addresses for the Age Group Coordinators can be found on our Contact page.
- How Are Groups Divided?
- Can My Child Join PSC If I Don’t Live In Piedmont?
Yes. Piedmont soccer club welcomes players from neighboring cities and currently has about 15% of its players who live outside of the city.
- How are the Team’s Flighted?
Within recreational, teams are further grouped according to skill and ability, using colors to identify these levels. Teams are flighted in order to give teams the opportunity to play against players/teams of a similar skill level. Flighting is decided by the Age Group Coordinators, Head Coach and Director of Coaching.
- How Can I Register My Child?
Registration for recreational players begins in April and ends June 30th. Players that register after June 30th are put on a wait list and added to teams if space becomes available.
- What Programs Does the Club Offer?
The recreational program plays in the Jack London Youth Soccer League and is open to players from U6 – U18. The older age groups are dependent on numbers. If there are enough players (and a coach, then PSC will have rec team(s) for that age group).