Frequently Asked Questions - Classic

Below is a list of the Most Frequently Asked Questions by parents whose children are considering the move to Classic.  We hope this will help you in making the right decision for you, your child and your family.

WHAT AGE DIVISION WILL MY CHILD PLAY IN?

It is our recommendation that all players play in their appropriate age group.  This allows the individual player to develop their physical, mental and social skills at a rate similar to those of their peers. Whereas GUSC does recognize that in some instances an individual player might have the physical size to play up, this might not be in the best interest of the player in the long run for their overall development. Individual players must tryout in their proper age group during the first night of tryouts. If during the tryout process a player exhibits skills that are beyond their peers, then the coaches upon discussion with the Director of Coaching feel the player is developmentally ready, the request is granted for the second night of tryouts. The player and parents will be notified at the conclusion of first night of a players tryout.  

In summary, if a player wishing to “play up” will be a starter on the age group above them and this player can physically impose their will and affect the outcome of the match through their dominant play, then a player is ready for a higher age group. If however, this player would not be a starter or even if the player does start but they are not an impact player, GUSC's recommendation is that this player play within their age group. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHALLENGE AND CLASSIC?

Challenge : Challenge soccer is a mid-level youth soccer program designed to fill the competitive gap between Recreation and Classic play. Players at the Challenge level attend tryouts where their technical and tactical skills are evaluated before being placed on a team. GUSC believes and is committed to the development of players at the Challenge level so in case a player shows both the skill and the determination to go up; they will move on to the Classic level. 

Classic : Classic soccer is the highest level of league play in North Carolina. Players at the Classic level must demonstrate talent, commitment, a strong desire to excel, an age appropriate level of team competitiveness and values of good sportsmanship. Classic soccer in North Carolina is broken into 3 levels:  Premier, 1st Division and 2nd Division.  Premier is a statewide league comprised of the top 8-10 teams in the state.  First division is the next tier of teams from the state broken down into 2 regions, East & West.  Second division is the final tier of teams from the state broken down into 3 regions, East, West & Piedmont. Teams are promoted and relegated to the various levels of Classic play by NCYSA (North Carolina Youth Soccer Association) the governing body for Classic soccer in North Carolina.

WHAT IS A PLAYER CARD?

Carding is part of the registration process that helps to maintain the integrity of the game. Cards are photo ids that are presented at the beginning of each match to ensure that only rostered players are playing in the game. Carding also is the way in which players are tracked should they leave a team.

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

This information can be found under the fee structure here

WHEN DOES THE SEASON BEGIN?

Initial tryouts are held in May of each year for all age groups, both boys and girls. U15 and above (boys and girls) do not play Club Soccer during High School season.  Once teams are formed, practice will begin in early August for the fall season. Upon the completion of the fall season, there is a break until late January at which time practice will begin for the spring season which goes through the end of May. Players who join a Challenge team are committing to both the fall & spring seasons.

HOW MUCH PLAYING TIME WILL MY CHILD SEE?

In Classic play it is required that all players play no less than one-half of each regular season match as long as the player has made every effort to attend all practices during the week. In the event of missed practices or behavioral issues, the team coach has the right and responsibility to limit playing time.

HOW MANY TOURNAMENTS WILL WE GO TO?

The choice to play in tournaments is decided by the Executive Director and Director of Coaching. Classic teams will typically attend 4-6 tournaments, with a few of those being out of town requiring hotel stay. Every effort will be made to schedule early, middle and end of season tournaments. 

HOW MANY NIGHTS WILL MY CHILD PRACTICE?

Classic teams will train three times a week and players are expected to attend all sessions. 

WHEN DO THEY PLAY THEIR GAMES?

Classic teams usually play one game per week. Games are typically played on Saturdays with an occasional Sunday or weeknight game. U11-12 Classic teams may play 2 games in a day, U13 and older can only play 1 game per day. There may be times due to scheduling needs that a team will play multiple games in a given week.

HOW FAR WILL WE TRAVEL FOR GAMES?

The distance you will need to travel for games will depend upon the Classic league your child’s team is playing in (Premier, 1st Division or 2nd Division). Premier is a statewide league with teams from across the state, which means you could travel up to 250 miles for a game. 1st Division is broken into 2 regional leagues, however; the distance traveled to and from games will be dependent upon the number of teams in the league and the towns in which they come from. 2nd Division is broken into 3 regional leagues with travel to and from games also dependent upon the number of teams in the league and the towns in which they come from.

WHAT IF MY CHILD WANTS OR NEEDS TO LEAVE THE TEAM?

Parents and players should first understand that the desire to leave a team to join another team at this level is not quite as simple as just “quitting”. When players accept a position on a Classic team they are committing to both the Fall and Spring seasons of that year, carding takes place and financial commitments are made. Should a player want to leave a team to join another team, the player must be released by their current club. The decision to release a player is discussed by the Directors of the club and requires the President's approval. While most clubs will grant the release, the decision to do so is not guaranteed and while a player may be released; there will be financial penalties (i.e. no refunds of registration fees, team dues paid, etc).