Palo Alto Advanced Play
Spring Select & Fall Élite
The Spring Select and Fall Élite Programs are competitive and offer players the opportunity to train, learn, play and compete in soccer at a high level of sophistication. These programs offer the finest opportunity in Palo Alto for developing sportsmanship, character, advanced skills and team function. Players must tryout each season to be offered a position in these Programs. Spring Select teams play other AYSO Regions' competitive teams in the PCSSL league, and play in tournaments in the Greater Bay Area with other AYSO Regions. Spring Select teams often scrimmage club teams from the south Bay Area. Fall Élite teams play other AYSO Regions' competitive teams, club teams and tournaments around the Greater Bay Area.
These programs together provide our players the opportunity for year-round competitive training and play. Games are generally on Sunday. This is not for all players or families. And it does take a family commitment to help with the additional activities and ensuring the high attendance of their players to events around the Greater Bay Area.
We would like to provide these opportunities to all advanced players, but can only provide team slots in accordance with the number of coaches in the Program. If you are interested in helping, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and discuss the possibility of assisting or coaching. We need more help to make enough teams for all qualified players.
PARTICIPATION REQUIRES A STRONG PARENT AND PLAYER COMMITMENT
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How good are these programs? In 2013, Palo Alto u19b teams placed 1st and 2nd in league, and the championship game was between two Palo Alto teams. In 2012, of the 15 player u16b squad, 10 of the players made high school teams; 2 on Varsity and 8 on JV. Of the 10 players, 8 are AYSO only, and 2 have played AYSO and Club. 6 made the team at PALY, 2 at Gunn, and 2 played private High School.
Getting invited is earned, being placed on a team is a privilege, showing up and participating is a privilege and a responsibility. Players not participating fully during the season will be cut.
The AYSO soccer year is August 1 to July 31, somewhat matching the school year. We generally keep kids of the same age level together, year after year. Players ages are calculated based on August 1 of the soccer year, that is, the August 1 prior to the season of soccer play. An example of this is if a U10 player has turned 10 since August 1, the player is still in U10 for Select and Elite until July 31, and then will move up to U12. Exceptions may be discussed with the coach and reviewed by the Regional Commissioner.
Palo Alto Spring Select
The Select season starts with once-a-week training beginning in mid-January. This is augmented with scrimmages with PSV and nearby Select teams from other cities. Then in February the schedule picks up the pace with two trainings per week and scrimmages, and in March through May, the teams play in the PCSSL (Pacific Coast Spring Select League) in the South Bay and Peninsula. PCSSL games are generally on Sunday. In April through May, the team will enter into tournaments in the Greater Bay Area, usually starting with El Palo Alto in April, and culminating with the Davis World Cup on Memorial Day weekend. Coaches may increase training and tournament participation according to the desire of the team.
Tournaments are multiple day competitions with several games each day. Generally, all games and tournaments are within 40 minute driving distance. Teams typically stay overnight in Davis for the World Cup.
Palo Alto AYSO and our Spring Select teams host El Palo Alto Tournament in April. Teams from all over northern California come to Palo Alto to compete for two days. It is a great competitive event with plenty of atmosphere and fun.
Participation in Spring Select is only available to players that participated in an AYSO Fall Program, either Instructional or Élite. Players are selected during tryouts usually held near the end of October. The tryouts are used to rank the players for assignment to teams. Players from 8 through 18 may participate in teams for U10 through U19.
Special arrangements are made for our Select players participating in varsity soccer, permitting them to play Varsity while the high school season is underway. We backfill the teams with players chosen from the tryouts as developmental players.
At least one parent per Select player is required to register as a volunteer and be prepared to help with team functions such as car pooling, tournament registration, or other duties the coach may request. Each coach will appoint a Team Manager to handle uniforms and organize the other parent volunteers.
At least one parent per family must register as a volunteer to help for at least 2 hours at El Palo Alto Tournament, during the last weekend of April, regardless of other volunteering the family may do. Coaches and Referees at El Palo Alto are excused from this requirement.
Palo Alto Fall Élite
The Élite season starts with once-a-week training beginning in early-July, and scrimmages with other regions and clubs. Then in August the schedule picks up the pace with two trainings per week, and in September through November, the teams play with teams from the Greater Bay Area, including AYSO advanced teams and club teams.
Tournaments are multiple day competitions with multiple games each day. The teams may enter into tournaments, including a Halloween and the Turkey Tournament. The season ends with the Turkey Tournament. Tournaments are drivable same-day.
Players are appointed to Élite through assessments performed at tryouts in May and June. All players are eligible to attend tryouts and be assessed for Élite teams, regardless of past participation in AYSO. Players who have never played with AYSO, or who have not played recently, are invited to tryout. Tryout events are posted on the Regional Calendar, and also on the home page.
Players from nearby regions that want to continue their Spring Select experience may join Palo Alto Élite.
At least one parent per Élite player is required to register as a volunteer and be prepared to help with team functions such as car pooling, tournament registration, or other duties the coach may request. Each coach will appoint a Team Manager to handle uniforms and organize the other parent volunteers.
Our 2013 Elite teams have been invited to the National Games, held in July of 2014. The games occur on even numbered years during the July 4 week. It is possible that Palo Alto Elite teams will continue to be invited until the Elite program expands throughout AYSO, which may take many years.