FAQs

Frequently asked questions for Lake Hills Soccer Club

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


 

Players

By joining Lake Hills Soccer Club you join a community. Not only will your child receive technical and tactical soccer instruction from coaches, but they will become a part of a team that has fun together on and off the field. Teams are an excellent opportunity for children to learn to cooperate and support their teammates in victory and defeat. The lessons of responsibility and accountability to a team help young athletes on and off the field. Friendships established on sports teams can last a lifetime. Ask a Lake Hills coach… several of them grew up playing for Lake Hills SC!

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Lake Hills Soccer Club (LHSC) serves children ages 4-18 who live or attend school within the area in Bellevue bounded by I-405 on the west, I-90 on the south, Lake Sammamish on the east, and Bellevue city limits on the north.

To join a Recreational team, children should be registered during the open registration period of April 1-May 31.
To join a Club Select team, children must try out, usually during May. (Club Select Tryout Schedule)

Players living and/or attending school outside of LHSC boundaries are welcome to try out for Lake Hills Club Select teams. Player residence and/or school is not taken into consideration when offering spots on a Club Select team.

Eastside residents not within Lake Hills area can consult http://www.eysa.org/FindAClub for clubs serving other Bellevue neighborhoods as well as Mercer Island and Issaquah. Kirkland and Redmond are served by Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association.

Lake Hills Soccer Club and Washington Youth Soccer believe that soccer is for everyone. TOPSoccer creates an opportunity for players with disabilities to be part of the soccer community. Visit http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/programs/topsoccer/ for more information.

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All players need soccer shoes and shin guards. Both are available at soccer specialty stores, sporting goods stores, and even your local Fred Meyer or Target.

Shin guards can cost as little as $5 or more than $50, depending on the materials. Low-cost shin guards are perfectly fine for younger players. Older players should wear what is comfortable—the shin guards don’t help if they’re sitting in your child’s backpack.

Footwear can range from indoor soccer shoes (grooved rubber sole), to turf shoes (small rubber nubs), to cleats (10-12 molded plastic pieces on soles). The field surface and weather conditions will determine the appropriate footwear. The flatter and harder the field, players will want flat, soft shoes (indoor or turf). Playing on grass usually requires cleats.

Players are expected to arrive at practice and games dressed in clothing appropriate for play in the weather conditions.

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All recreational players are placed on teams according to birth year and gender. No consideration is given to size, maturity, or perceived talent level. Recreational players are not evaluated by coaches or the club to determine an “appropriate placement.”

Washington Youth Soccer does allow children with significant health/size/safety concerns as documented by a doctor to petition to play down one age level. Contact Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org for more information about the Medical Play Down process. All petition materials must be received by the club before the Second Monday of May to be reviewed at the board of directors meeting.

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Each recreational player is placed on a team with other boys or girls who share the same birth year. Playing experience, size, maturity, and athletic ability are not considered.

Recreational players will not be evaluated by coaches or the club to determine an “appropriate placement.” Players interested in a challenge beyond Recreational soccer should consider Club Select or Premier programs.

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Registration

Recreational players register online through our website April 1- May 31. Players are assigned to teams by the registrar in June/July.

Club Select teams hold tryouts in May (with the exception of U16+ Boys, whose tryouts are held in February.)

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No player can be on the roster of two different Washington State Youth Soccer Association teams.

Parks and Recreation, CYO, Boys and Girls Club, indoor, and school teams are NOT part of WSYSA, so a player may be on both types of teams at the same time.

No player can register or be rostered on two recreational teams in two clubs, a select team and a recreational team, two teams of different age groups, or two teams in different leagues or divisions.

If you have questions, please contact registrar@lakehillssoccer.org 

The only players eligible to compete in league games for a team are the players on the official roster as issued by the registrar. Other players may not play as a “guest” in league or State Cup games regardless of whether the player might be a member of another EYSA club team. Such “help” could result in forfeit of games.

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Registration for U8-U19 Recreational is open April 1-May 31. Some age groups may reopen for late registration over the summer if space is available. Register in APRIL for the best chance of placement on a team with friends/schoolmates.

Registration for Micro U6 & U7 is open April 1 through early September as space allows.

Registration for Club Select TRYOUTS is open online each spring.

Registration for Club Select teams takes place soon after tryout offers are made. All Club Select players must be registered for the upcoming season in order to participate in summer tournaments.

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Registration is online through our website,  April 1- May 31.

Payment by credit or debit card is required at the time of registration. Contact Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org if you need help registering or need to use a different payment method.

Proof of Age must be submitted within 7 days of registration if this is your first time registering with our Club, or the Club does not have receipt of documentation on file. Registration will be revoked if proof of age is not received.

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According to Washington Youth Soccer (WSYSA), proof of age shall consist of one of the following:

  • State-issued OFFICIAL birth certificate (hospital certificates are not official and not accepted)
  • Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) issued by the uniformed services of the United States
  • Birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency or board of health records
  • Passport
  • Alien registration card issued by the United States government
  • Certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age
  • Current Driver’s License or Permit
  • Federal, state, or local government identification card
  • Certification of a United States citizen born abroad

Lake Hills Soccer Club keeps a record that the player’s birth date was verified. Documents received are destroyed. LHSC does not collect or track citizenship information.

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Current registration fees are posted on each program’s information page. Registration after May 31 may be subject to a late fee.

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Lake Hills Soccer Club is determined to make soccer available to as many children as possible. We offer a scholarship program which reduces the total registration costs for Recreational and Club Select players.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship program, families provide documentation that they qualify for free or reduced-price lunches through public school. Any/all financial info collected from parents is kept private and confidential.

Recreational U6-U19 fee is reduced to $25.

Club Select registration fee is reduced to $75.

Contact the club registrar for more information. Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org

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In order to receive a refund, requests to withdraw from Recreational U8-U19 must be made in writing no later than July 15 of the year of registration. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund. After July 15, no refunds will be granted with the following exception: a documented change in the player’s health preventing them from participating in soccer (doctor’s note required)

Requests to withdraw from Micro (U6 &U7) must be made in writing no later than September 1 of the year of registration. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.

Requests to withdraw from Club Select must be made in writing. The email must include the player’s coach. All Club Select withdraws are subject to a $50 administrative fee. Refunds are only issued if the team has 3 or more months of play remaining, including State Cup. The amount of the registration fee refund will be prorated based on the number of months remaining in the season.  Fees paid directly to a team fund are not refunded. LHSC does not issue refunds for uniforms; refunds for uniforms are entirely at the discretion of the uniform vendor from which the kit was purchased.

Email refund requests to: Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org

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Returning players from U8-U18 recreational teams active the previous year are given priority for placement on the same team if registered before June 1.

Returning players who register after June 1 will go into the general player pool and be assigned to teams based on the date and time they registered and the availability of space on those teams.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Micro Program teams do not carry over to U8. All U8 players will be assigned to newly formed teams in the Modified Recreational program with placement emphasis based on the player’s elementary school as in the above placement criteria.

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When registering for U9-U19 you will be asked if your player wants to return to last year’s team. You can answer “no” and if possible, your player will be placed on a different team. If that is not possible, the registrar will contact you to explain your options.

Specific questions or concerns about your player’s placement should be sent to Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org BEFORE MAY 31. After registration closes on May 31 your player’s options may be limited. Once rosters are written in mid-June, players will NOT be moved to different teams.

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New in 2018: Friend requests are allowed with the following conditions:

  1. EYSA clubs are not required to allow friend requests. LHSC is accepting requests with NO PROMISES that any or all requests are fulfilled. Please set your and your child’s expectations accordingly and do not promise that they will be on the same team with a specific friend. Our sister clubs (Bellevue United, Newport, Mercer Island, and Issaquah FC) are allowed to accept friend requests, but may choose not to accept them. Each club is working to achieve the best outcome for all of their players.
  2. Any single player may request the maximum of one (1) friend per registration period. Please do not type in a long list of friends on the registration form. If multiple friend names are included on registration, only the first name will be considered.
  3. In order for a request to be considered, it must be mutual: your child and the other child must both request each other.
  4. The goal of this new policy is to help each player increase their chances of playing on a team with a friend, not to build exclusive teams through a “daisy chain” list of requests entered by multiple parents.
  5. Abuse of the friend request option or of club staff may result in the revocation of requests for all.

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Common reasons include:

·        The friend is in a different age group based on birth year.

·        The request was not mutual

·        The requested friend is on an existing team that does not have space for any more players

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State rules limit team roster sizes. Sometimes the number of registered players does not align neatly with the number of teams and player spots available. If all teams are full, but there are not enough registered players to form another viable team, the registrants who signed up last will be placed on a waiting list. Between registration closing on May 31 and the start of school, most age groups do have a few players withdraw, so it’s definitely possible to join a team from the waitlist. Waitlisted players are given the option of a full refund and referrals to our sister clubs if they do not want to wait for a spot to become available.

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It’s a good idea to register for Recreational in April if you’re not sure if your child will receive or accept an offer to play Select.

Returning players from the previous year’s U8-U18 recreational teams are given priority for placement on the same team if registered before June 1, however, the lineup of teams and coaches available can change significantly in U10-U13 Rec.

We work hard to place all Rec registrants, but signing up in late May can be risky for both new and returning players. Securing a spot in Recreational keeps your player’s options open. Fees paid toward Rec can be applied toward LHSC Club Select registration. Players moving to a different club can request a refund, less $25 admin fee.

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You should receive a confirmation email from TeamSnap (our registration software platform) with a receipt for your payment. Check your junk mail folder if you don’t see it in your inbox and adjust your settings so you will receive future emails from TeamSnap. If you definitely do not receive an email, check with Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org to confirm that your email address is correct in the TeamSnap system.

After registration closes on May 31 the registrar will evaluate the number of players registered and the number of coaches who have volunteered. A group of players is not considered a team until they have a coach. If there are not enough coaches the club will contact parents and try to recruit a volunteer. The club provides equipment, training, and league administration, but we do not provide coaches—that’s up to the parents!

Once teams are established for each age and gender, registered players will be assigned to teams. Parent coaches always have their child/ren assigned to their team unless otherwise requested.

• U8-U19 Team rosters will be provided to coaches on TeamSnap in late June.
• Micro rosters are given to coaches in early September
• Micro teams do not carry over to U8. New teams are formed when players move up to the Mod/Rec program.
• After rosters are released, Players will absolutely not be moved to different teams.
• You will receive an email from LHSC through TeamSnap inviting you to your player’s team.
• Coaches are asked to welcome everyone to the team when rosters are released. Remember, coaches are volunteers. Please be patient if you don’t hear from yours immediately.
• Uniforms will be available for pick up and purchase in August. Expect an email in July with more info.
• Practice days and times are assigned to coaches in August after the club receives our fields from the city and school district. If you have specific needs or requests, let your coach know when you hear from them over the summer.
• Game schedules will be available in late August
• Team practices usually begin in August, as directed by the coach. Each coach is responsible for notifying team about practice and game schedules

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Programs and Teams

LHSC offers Recreational and Club Select teams for youth from pre-K through high school.

Micro Program (U6 & U7 Recreational)
Modified Recreational (U8-U12)
Recreational (U13-U19)
Club Select (U10-U19)

For US Youth Soccer Premier level play, Bellevue is served by Eastside FC.

 

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Recreational players register online through our website April 1- May 31. Players are assigned to teams by the registrar in June/July.

Club Select teams hold tryouts in May (with the exception of U16+ Boys, whose tryouts are held in February.)

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Your child will be on a team with others of his/her same gender and birth year. Exceptions to birth year placement are made only to maximize player participation by keeping teams viable. Parents may not request that their child play up simply to be with friends or grade level peers.

League Policy:
EYSA Rec Policy

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Lake Hills is a member of Eastside Youth Soccer Association. All member clubs have agreed to abide by the EYSA Recreational Team Formation Policy for U8 and above.

Individual player placements are made using the following prioritized criteria:

  1. Date and time of registration with payment
  2. School
  3. Home Address if school team is not available

EYSA Rec Policy

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Team formation is subject to the availability of volunteer coaches. If parents don’t volunteer, the club cannot form teams.

Registrants are placed on a team in order of date/time of registration. Teams are formed with registrants from the same school whenever possible. If more than one team is formed for a particular school, registrants will be placed on a team with schoolmates according to time stamp with consideration given to mutual friend requests when possible. If there are not enough registrants from one school to fill an entire roster, registrants from another school will be combined to form the team. Every effort is made to build teams from geographically close neighborhoods and to place players on teams with other children from their school or neighborhood.

Micro Soccer team rosters (U6 and U7) have no influence on the formation of teams at U8 and above.

 

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Coaches are not part of the Recreational team formation process. Coaches cannot request or “approve” new players on their roster. No rosters from coaches are accepted.

Parent coaches are always guaranteed to have their child on their Recreational team.

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Coaches are asked to welcome players and families to the team on TeamSnap when they receive their roster in late June. Remember, coaches are volunteers and be patient if you don’t hear from yours immediately. You are able to reach out to your coach directly, via TeamSnap once the team is set up in the system.

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Most teams start practicing in mid to late August. Assigning practice fields is a time-consuming process based on coach requests and field availability.

Once the coach receives their practice field assignment they are expected to notify their team.

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U8-U19 Recreational and Club Select teams practice twice a week in the afternoon and evening on school and city park fields within LHSC boundaries. Rec teams generally practice at schools, Club Select teams usually practice at Robinswood Park. Micro Program is once a week on Saturday mornings only.

Whenever possible, the practice field surface type will be the same as the game field surface. Practice days/times/locations are assigned based on coach request with priority given based on volunteer and scheduling criteria. Scheduling practices for 50+ teams is a complicated process. We cannot accommodate requests for specific practice days/times for individual players.

 

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Practices are a very important time for players to build skill, stamina, and teamwork. Players (and their parents) should consider all practices mandatory during the season. If a player must be absent, the coach should be notified.

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Micro, Mod and Recreational players are required to wear the official club uniform. Uniforms are available from Winners Sportswear. Visit the UNIFORMS page on our website for more information. Club Select uniforms are purchased through the team manager.

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Lake Hills Soccer Club team names all end with a letter and a two digit number that usually remains the same year after year.

The letter, B or G,  indicates whether the team is a Boys team or a Girls team.

The number indicates the birth year of the players on the team.

Example:

Lake Hills Tornadoes B09  is a team for boys born in 2009.

Sometimes teams and players are referred to by their age level, which of course changes every year. In the example above, the Tornadoes B09 will play at the U11 age level in the 2019-20 season. In other words, in 2019 the Tornadoes will be a U11 team. The age level may also include gender, such as BU11.

Confusion can result when the birth year and play level are similar. In 2017, teams for boys and girls born in 2010 (B09 and G09) played at the U9 age level (BU9 and GU9) The following year, the teams played BU10 and GU10 but their names continued to include B09 or G09 based on the player birth year.

 

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Games are played on weekends.

Younger teams’ games are played on Saturdays in Bellevue, Issaquah, and Mercer Island. Recreational games for ages 10+ may also take place in the Snoqualmie Valley and Northshore/Bothell. Rec BU14+ and GU15+ play on Sundays.

Club Select teams play throughout Western Washington, with the majority of games taking place on the Eastside and in Seattle.
Please refer to individual program pages for more information.

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All recreational players can expect to play at least 50% of the minutes in a game unless the player has attendance or disciplinary problems.

Coaches are expected to track their substitution rotations to ensure that every player gets on the field for at least half of the game.

If a player has not been attending practices or has disciplinary issues, the coach may reduce playing time below 50% but is expected to communicate with the player and explain the situation.

 

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Talk to the coach first. Most problems can be resolved immediately simply by taking up your concern with the coach. If you feel that this hasn’t provided a solution to your concern, the next step is to contact the chair of your child’s program, club vice president, or the club president. Club leadership wants your child to have a good experience, so please don’t “suffer in silence” all season!

Visit the LHSC ABOUT page for contact information.

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Lake Hills Soccer Club is a team experience. Instruction is provided by coaches and clinicians at team practices. There are many local coaches who provide private individual training for motivated players. LHSC does not recommend or endorse any specific private coach.

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LHSC operates mainly in late Summer and Fall. Mod and Rec teams play a fall season, September-mid November. Our U6-U19 Recreational teams do not participate in Winter or Spring leagues at this time.

Club Select teams play league games September-November, with the addition of State Cup play in January. Club Select Girls U15-19 play winter league December-March, plus State Cup in April and May to allow for participation in High School team soccer.

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LHSC does not offer indoor soccer. Many of our teams organize themselves to play together at local indoor facilities during the offseason, but LHSC is not involved in that process.

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Coaches

Volunteers. LHSC has a proud tradition of community-based coaching, primarily by volunteers and a few carefully chosen paid coaches. Our soccer coaches are parents, grandparents, older siblings, and community members. Coaches with an enthusiastic desire to learn will find training and guidance from both Lake Hills Soccer Club and Eastside Youth Soccer Association.

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The U8-U19 season runs September through early November. During that time, teams practice for 90 minutes twice a week and play one game a weekend, usually on Saturdays. A head coach should be available to attend and run most practices and games, but assistant coaches can and should fill in and help as needed. Coaches can handle team communications and admin themselves, or “hire” a team manager from the team’s pool of parents. Delegation is a great way to foster team community and share the work.

All U8-U19 head coaches are required to attend a club coaches meeting in late July. U13-U19 coaches must also attend their league meeting in July.

The U6 & U7 Micro Program is a lesser commitment and a great way to try coaching. Just 9 Saturday mornings 9-10:30 and a few emails to the team.

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In the interest of the safety and well being of our young athletes, the following are required of all head and assistant coaches:

1. Register on TeamSnap as a coach with full legal name, address, and date of birth. (annually)
2. Apply for and pass a nationwide background check. (annually)
3. Complete Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness training and submit certificate to registrar (every 3 years)
4. Complete Abuse Prevention training (SafeSport) and submit three certificates to registrar (annually)

Coaching clinics and licensing are strongly encouraged. Coaches can be reimbursed for completed training.

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LHSC provides each team with appropriately-sized balls and field markers, access to training and mentors, reimbursement for WSYSA license fees.

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The LHSC Equipment Chair distributes equipment from the club storage facility on several different nights in late July and early August. Specific dates and times are communicated at the summer coaches meeting and emailed to coaches.

Email Equipment@lakehillssoccer.org with questions.

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Once the team roster is released, head coaches seek parent volunteers from the team. If parents know in advance that they want to work together as coaches, the registrar or program chair should be contacted before June 1 so player/team assignments are made accordingly. After rosters are released, players will not be moved to accommodate co-coaching requests.

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The Mod Clinic is one of each U8-U10 team’s two weekly practices. All LHSC teams in an age group (U8-U10) gather at one location each week in September and October. Club Clinicians work on skills and drills with coaches and players; Clinicians are also available to answer questions and offer support to coaches.

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After rosters are released to coaches in June, the LHSC Competition Chair requests the coach’s input on a survey. Coaches are asked to gauge how well the team did in the past season and to guesstimate whether they believe the team should be moved into a more or less challenging division for the next season. The competition chair, in conjunction with the league use that information along with past season standings and other league data to place all teams in a division to provide them with a FUN and competitive season.

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Placing dozens of teams in divisions is a complicated process, as is writing the actual schedules for all of the teams’ games. Moving a team to a different division after the season starts is not possible. The coach should consult with LHSC Competition Chair and/or Rec Program Chair to find ways to maximize player development while still exercising good sportsmanship.

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In order to ensure that ALL teams land in a division where they can be as challenged and competitive as possible, coaches need to provide input. In late June/early July coaches are asked to fill out a survey regarding their teams’ relative strength. Coach feedback is important in all cases. Along with feedback, the league takes the past season record into account when placing teams. In general, the top 1-2 teams in a division are moved up and the bottom 1-2 teams are moved down a division WHEN POSSIBLE. The number of teams in an age group changes from year to year, so the number of divisions sometimes does as well. For example: If an age group changes from having three divisions to two, it’s not possible for the team at the bottom of Division 2 to move down, however their division will likely have teams from the previous year’s Division 3, so the placement is likely to be more appropriate. Team-specific questions should be directed to the LHSC Competition Chair so they can be answered in the context of that that team’s age group and divisions.

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Club Select Program

Club Select soccer offers a level of competition quite a bit higher than Recreational soccer but typically a tier lower than Premier soccer. That said, top level Select squads are often competitive with some Premier teams.

Our teams play in the North Puget Sound League (Bellevue to Bellingham, WSYSA Districts 1 and 2). Teams are placed in divisions within these leagues based on team strength with like opponents. Our desire is that every team have a season that is challenging and fun. That is, they are not overmatched nor consistently overmatch other teams.

Teams typically play in 1-3 summer tournaments, a 12-game fall league (except high school girls who play Dec-Mar), and then the WSYSA Founders Cup or President’s Cup in the winter and early spring months. WSYSA Cup participation is expected, not optional. There is also opportunity for a 6 match Spring league that some of our teams choose to play in.

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The time commitment for Club Select is quite a bit higher than Recreational soccer but soccer doesn’t take over their lives. Our teams play 8-10 months of the year and play 25-35 matches during that time. Teams typically practice twice per week for 3 hours total.

The atmosphere at games and practices is more focused and there is a high emphasis on technical, tactical, physical, and mental development. While the soccer gets more serious, the main goals are still having fun, growing as individuals and as a team, getting healthy exercise, learning life-lessons, competing at the appropriate level and playing a game we love with our friends.

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  • Club Select plays 8-10 months per year while Premier is year-round.
  • Club Select expects soccer to be top priority September through early February (December-May for Girls U15+) but understands that other sports may take priority during spring and even part of summer. Most Premier clubs expect soccer to be priority all year
  • The majority of Club Select teams have skilled and experienced volunteer coaches but a few teams will have paid coaches. Premier teams have full-time paid coaches.
  • Lake Hills Club Select total costs are approximately $1000 per year for teams with volunteer coaches. Teams with paid coaches will have a higher cost of approximately $1600. Premier is approximately $3000 or more per year not including the extra travel involved.
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Absolutely, and this is a great benefit of Club Select.

However, from August through State Cup in January/February it is expected that soccer will be the priority sport.

Exception: high school age girls season is December through March and State Cup thereafter.

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May – tryouts
June – practice twice per week, may enter a tournament.
July – practice once or twice per week, may enter a tournament.
August – practice twice per week, may enter a tournament or two. Make final preparation for the Fall league season.
September – Mid-December – practice twice per week / play 12-14 league games (Saturdays for younger players – U-15 and above play on Sundays).
January and February – Practice twice per week. Enter State Cup (Founder’s or President’s Cup).

GU15-19 ONLY: 12 league games played December-March; State Cup April-May, tryouts for next year in late May. No practice or games Sept-Nov to allow players to participate in High School fall soccer.

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Costs include registration, uniform kit, and team fees.

Registration for Lake Hills Club Select is $450 annually for teams with volunteer coaches. The registration cost for teams with paid coaches will vary with a range of $1000-$1800.

Uniform kit is approximately $250. This includes home and away jerseys, shorts, socks, warm-ups, and kit bag.

Team fees vary from team to team as they cover tournament fees, equipment and other incidental expenses. The range is typically $200-$300.

Other costs related to travel may be present depending on team plans.

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Yes. Registration is reduced to $75 if a player qualifies. Contact the Registrar for more information: Registrar@LakeHillsSoccer.org

The cost of a scholarship player’s basic uniform will be paid for by Lake Hills Soccer Club. Players leaving a team may be asked to return the uniform so it can be used by another player.

Team fees are still applicable but most teams work together to help scholarship players.

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Teams are formed through a selection process that involves two tryout sessions. These sessions are designed and run by the head coach who employs the assistance of at least 3 other evaluators. Players should plan to attend both sessions.

A minimum of 11 players (U11/U12 9 players min.) must be selected during tryouts and players must be present for at least one formal tryout session to be selected for the team. The exception is injured or sick players who may have the opportunity to tryout at informal sessions at the discretion of the head coach.

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It’s a good idea to register for Recreational in April if you’re not sure if your child will receive or accept an offer to play Select.

Returning players from the previous year’s U8-U18 recreational teams are given priority for placement on the same team if registered before June 1, however, the lineup of teams and coaches available can change significantly in U10-U13 Rec.

We work hard to place all Rec registrants, but signing up in late May can be risky for both new and returning players. Securing a spot in Recreational keeps your player’s options open. Fees paid toward Rec can be applied toward LHSC Club Select registration. Players moving to a different club can request a refund, less $25 admin fee.

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Tryouts occur during the months of February or May depending on gender and age. Online pre-registration is recommended.

Each team has two tryout sessions lasting 90-120 minutes. Tryout sessions are designed by the head coach of each team and typically involve various exercises including small-sided games and scrimmages. Players should plan to attend both sessions.

Evaluators score and rank all the players and choose the first 11 players (first 9 players for U11/U12). The head coach decides on the balance of the squad, 5-7 more players depending on roster size which ranges from 14-22 players depending on age group.

More details on the EYSA Tryout Policy can be found here: EYSA Tryout Guidelines

Lake Hills tryout results will be posted here: TRYOUT RESULTS PAGE

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Players are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions. Coaches usually plan different activities so they can see different things on each day, so participants aren’t just doing the same thing at both sessions.

That said, life happens, so if your player can only attend one session and wants a chance at a Lake Hills team, we definitely want them to come to at least one session.

It would be a good idea to reach out to the coach and notify them in advance so the evaluators know they need to pay close attention and get a good look during the one session they do attend. At the very least, if the player is only coming to the first one, let the coach know when you arrive.

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Yes. While most of our players live in the area, tryouts are open to all age-appropriate players.

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Yes. In order to “play up” a player must be ranked in the Top 11 by the evaluators (Top 9 for U11/U12)

For U11-U14, players are only allowed to play up one age level. Meaning, a U12 aged player could play U13, but not U14 or above.

Players aged U15-U19 are not restricted by age levels, so can play up on any team for which they earn a Top 11 spot.

 

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Playing time is not guaranteed. Some players will play more than others. However, all players will be given fair playing time.

For ages U10-U12 players should receive at least 50% playing time during league play unless there are discipline or attendance issues.

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Coaches are chosen through an interview process conducted by the LHSC Club Select Chair who provides recommendations to the LHSC Board of Directors. The LHSC Board approves the Club Select coaching staff.

Assistant coaches are chosen the by the head coach and must be approved by the LHSC Board. Most coaches are volunteer but some teams will have paid coaches.

We place a high emphasis on coaching education. To be considered for a head coaching position a coach must have a US Soccer E License (or show equivalent knowledge and plan to take the course in the first year). Coaches are encouraged to complete their D license the following year. To coach U15 and above a WSYSA D License is required.

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Select teams typically practice on turf at Robinswood East/West, Sammamish HS.  U10-U12 teams may practice on modified-sized fields as daylight permits.

During the summer our teams sometimes practice on grass at various fields within the Lake Hills boundaries.

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EYSA Parent Information Clinic

In the fall of 2017, EYSA conducted a series of Parent Info clinics in Issaquah and Bellevue. The agenda for the clinics was based on FAQ (frequently asked questions) commonly brought up year after year by families.

In an effort to better disseminate the ANSWERS to these FAQs we've staged a "greatest hits" recording of the clinic on YouTube and have broken down the clinic video into "bite-sized" chunks (note that its one long video but the links below take you to the specific point in the video where the targeted info was discussed) here so that EYSA families can easily view and learn.

[LINK to EYSA.ORG Page]

Can't find an answer to your question?

Contact Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org or any Board of Directors member with additional questions.

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