Division I U14 Soc cer Tryo ut s
Welcome to the U14 t ryout s for t he Ma ri n F C Di vi si on I socc er p rogra m fo r 2 011 -2 012.
About Marin FC
Marin FC is the collaborative effort of the Central Marin, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross Valley Breakers (formerly
West Marin) and Tiburon Youth Soccer Leagues. The mission of Marin FC is to provide the qualified athlete
with the best chance to reach his/her potential as a soccer player. Marin FC will serve players in Marin County
seeking quality training and a high level of competition. Our coaches will provide a positive learning
environment that promotes self-discipline, character development, sportsmanship and leadership. A goal of
Marin FC is to create top-level teams that will foster the competitive development of youth soccer players in
Marin. More information about Marin FC can be found at www.marinfc.com.
Marin FC has attained regional and national recognition, and continues to provide its players with the best
competition and training available. Both boys and girls teams place consistently well at both the State and
Regional level. Over the past several years, more than 30 MFC soccer players were selected to the ODP
(Olympic Development Program) NorCal State Pool, and nearly a third of those have gone on to regional and
national pool status. Many Marin FC players go on to play at distinguished universities.
Marin FC is committed to accepting players into the club regardless of financial situation, providing
scholarships to 30+ qualifying players in 2010-11. Marin FC hopes that all families will participate in the fund
raising process. Last year we started a new mandatory program at the U15 level where each player contributes
to the club by refereeing six games in the community. Please see the website (www.marinfc.com) for more
information on fundraising and financial aid.
U14 Tryout times & locations
February 26, 27 & March 5, 6 at Marin Academy, 1600 Mission Avenue, San Rafael.
This is an all-weather field, so tryouts will be held rain or shine
Girl’s tryouts: 1:00 – 3:00 PM (Check in opens at 12:30PM)
Boy’s tryouts: 3:00 – 5:00 PM (Check in opens at 2:30PM)
Each player must register and have a medical release signed by his/her parent or guardian in order to
participate in the tryouts. We prefer and strongly recommend that you register on-line at
www.marinfc.com as it avoids unnecessary lines and delays. Alternatively a limited number of registration
forms will be available at the check in desk.
Players should arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register and warm-up.
Players should wear standard soccer gear, including soccer cleats, shin-guards and a white or grey t-shirt.
Club uniforms or clothing indicating team or club affiliation is strongly discouraged and players will be
reminded to wear neutral white or grey t-shirts at the subsequent session.
At the beginning of each session on March 5 (1pm for girl’s, 3pm for boy’s) a member of the MFC board and
the MFC Director of Coaching, Josh Kalkstein will be available for questions about Marin FC's and what to
expect in terms of coaching, time commitment and cost. This is an opportunity for all parents who missed
prior informational sessions to obtain further information about Marin FC.
About the Blue and Red Teams
Marin FC intends to form two teams at each age group for the 2011-2012 season – depending upon the
turnout and performance at tryouts. These teams will be known as “Blue” and “Red.” Both teams will play in
tournaments, league play, other league play (NorCal Premier and CSSL, for example) and State Cup. Selection
to the teams is based on ability.
A pool of 34-40 players will be selected at the U14 tryouts in late February/early March, without
designating Red/Blue status at that time. The U14 players will train as a pool, beginning in mid-late March
until the end of April or early May. During this period players will be expected to attend at least one practice
per week on average. By mid May at the latest, the coaches will select the Blue and Red teams, with the
understanding that there may be additional roster movement between Blue and Red Teams during the year
(most likely in Aug, Nov and Jan).
Players not selected for the MFC U14 player pool are encouraged to attend Upper House (Bronze level) tryouts
in their alliance clubs (Novato, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Ross Valley Breakers or Central Marin). For information
on those tryout dates, please contact the respective alliance clubs.
Central Marin Soccer - www.centralmarinsoccer.com
Mill Valley Soccer Club – www.mvsc.org
Novato Youth Soccer Association - www.novatoyouthsoccer.com
Ross Valley Breakers - www.rossvalleybreakers.com
Tiburon Peninsula Soccer Club - www.tiburonsoccer.org
U14 Boys Blue: Rick Fullerton
U14 Boys Red: Jason Clark
U14 Girls Blue: Rob Funes
U14 Girls Red: Jason Werner
(Resumes for all Marin FC’s Coaches can be found at www.marinfc.com)
Marin FC costs are composed of registration fees, team fees, travel expenses and uniform expenses.
Once a player accepts a position on a Marin FC team, they will be asked to attend a registration event at which
their registration form and registration fees will be collected. The 2011-2012 registration fee is $700. This cost
covers both CYSA and US Club registrations and includes fees for insurance, field rental, referees, and club
administration. This is non-refundable once paid. In addition, at the time of registration, families will have the
option of making either a minimum of a $100 tax deductible donation to the club or alternatively those that are
currently licensed referees (or plan on taking a course this season) must referee 6 games for Marin FC or one of
the Alliance Clubs and contribute those funds to the club.
In addition, team fees are charged associated with training costs, tournament fees, uniforms, equipment, etc.
Fees for each team will vary, but U14 per player team costs for this past season (20010-11) were approximately
as follows: U14 Boys Blue $2700, U14 Boys Red $2200, U14 Girls Blue $2400, U14 Girls Red $2000. The club
expects the fees to be similar for 2011-12. Registration fees, uniforms and travel costs will be in addition to the
Team fees for the U14 season are typically higher than for the U15 & older teams due to the U14 season being
14 months long (March 2011- April 2012) as compared to the 6 month season of most U13 teams or the 9
month season of the U15 & older teams (May 2011-May 2012 with a 3 month break for High School Soccer).
Travel expenses are estimates for food and lodging ( ~ 7 nights with 4 players sharing a room) at out of area
tournaments as shown on calendar. BLUE team travel expense also includes airfare ($250-$300) to one out of
area tournament. These are estimates only and actual costs may be different depending on tournament
schedule, location of tournament and distance from tournament.
All U14 players are required to purchase a uniform set. Typically uniforms last about 2 years, but individual
players may need to replace parts of the uniform yearly due to growth and/or wear and tear.
As a result of the difference in orientation of the Red and Blue teams, the cost structures may be different. The
Blue teams may travel more resulting in higher costs.
Summary of estimated fees for U14’s.
U14 Girls BLUE U14 Girls RED U14Boys BLUE U14 Boys RED
Registration 700 700 700 700
Team Fees 2400 2000 2700 2100
Travel Expenses 650 350 700 350
Uniform 175 175 175 175
Total 3925 3225 4275 3325
Financial Aid is available for players who demonstrate need. Awards will be determined by the
applicant’s level of need, the number of qualified applicants seeking financial aid, and the amount of
funding available for financial aid. Financial aid covers registration fees, uniform costs, and some
portion of the team fees. The balance of team fees and travel expenses are the responsibility of the
family and team. U14 players seeking financial need must turn in a completed financial aid
application with income verification by March 14. These applications will be available at tryouts, at
the registration night, and are also available on the website (www.marinfc.com) Please also see the
MFC Financial Aid Policy, which is on the website.
All MFC families will be expected to participate in fund-raising activities to support the MFC
financial aid program.
Notification, Registration Dates & Location
Some players may be selected to the player pool after the first weekend and asked to not return to the
third/fourth tryout on the weekend of March 5, 6.
Players selected will receive a phone call from their respective coach no later than 10PM March 9. When a
player receives a phone call he/she is required to make a commitment. A list with the name of all players
selected will be posted on the Marin FC web page by 6PM March 10. Players not selected for the MFC U14
player pool are encouraged to attend tryouts in their alliance clubs.
Parents of players selected for the U14 Girls Pool will be required to attend a registration event on
Monday, March 14. An information session (parents only) with the U14 Girls coaches (Funes and
Werner) and registration will be held that night from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in a location TBD. Parents
need to arrive at 6:30 PM and stay for the entire event. At least one parent of the player must attend.
Members of the Marin FC Board will first present information about Marin FC, and address club wide
issues including financial aid and fundraising. This will be followed by a presentation from the
coaches who will go over the team calendars, parent, player and coach expectations, and answer
questions regarding the program. It will conclude with registration of the players and collection of
registration fees. A parent for each player will need to complete a CYSA and US Club Player
registration form, write a check for $700 to cover registration fees and either write a tax deductible
check for a minimum of $100 or agree to referee 6 games for Marin FC or one of the Alliance Clubs.
In addition, please bring a copy of birth certificate and 2 small player photos (head & shoulders only).
Parents of players selected for the U14 Boys will be required to attend a registration event on Monday,
March 14. An information session (parents only) with the U14 Boys coaches (Fullerton & Clark) and
registration will be held that night from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM at a location TBD. Parents need to arrive
at 8:00 and stay for the entire event. At least one parent of the player must attend. Members of the
Marin FC Board will first present information about Marin FC, and address club wide issues
including financial aid and fundraising. This will be followed by a presentation from the coaches who
will go over the team calendars, parent, player and coach expectations, and answer questions
regarding the program. It will conclude with registration of the players and collection of registration
fees. A parent for each player will need to complete a CYSA and US Club Player registration form,
write a check for $700 to cover registration fees and either write a tax deductible check for a minimum
of $100 or agree to referee 6 games for Marin FC or one of the Alliance Clubs. In addition, please
bring a copy of birth certificate and 2 small player photos (head & shoulders only).
For furt her info rmat ion, please see www.m ari nfc.com or co ntact :
Bo S tehl in, C hai r of M ari n FC’s Execu tive Boar d (415-596 -6145. stehli n@ pacbell.net)
Tentative Schedule - March 2011-April 2012 - U14 98’ Girls teams
March - June 21
Mid March: Training 1 or 2 x week
April and May training 2x week followed by
SF Cup, (Memorial Day Weekend) BLUE (possibly RED)
Possible ‘friendly’ games
Training first half of June, 2x week followed by
US Club Soccer Regionals (Modesto, June Sat 18th- Tues 21nd) BLUE AND RED
22 June – 17 July: OFF
First half of July: OFF (until July 18)
2nd half of July: resume training BLUE AND RED
Team camps: Will take place during a July 28-Aug 5 window
Training: mid July-mid November, 2 times per week (tues/thurs)
Mustang Stampede Classic (Aug 6-8) BLUE ONLY
Mid/Late August tournaments:
BLUE: possible Southern California tournament
Sonoma County Classic (Labor Day Wkend - no games monday) RED ONLY
September – mid-November:
Weekdays: Training two times per week (tues/thurs)
Weekends: League play
Local tournament (last week of Sept) POSSIBLE FOR EITHER TEAM
Placer Utd Foothill Classic (last weekend of Oct) BLUE AND RED
Norcal premier games RED, POSSIBLY BLUE
BR EAK starting league end in November
Post Thanksgiving weekend - December:
First week of Jan: OFF
Weekdays: Training 1-2 times per week (likely change to Mon, Wed training sched)
Weekends: Nor Cal Cup games RED, POSSIBLY BLUE
Weekdays: Training 2 times per week
Weekends: Norcal tournament games RED, POSSIBLY BLUE
Local tournament prep for State Cup (Mid March) BLUE
State Cup (late March-April) BLUE AND POSSIBLY RED
TENTATIVE Schedule - March 2011 – April 2012 - U14 98’ Boys
February 26, 27, March 5,6:
Marin FC Tryouts
March 14 – mid-June:
Weekdays: Training twice per week. OFF the week of April 11-15
Weekends: Pool Practice, and some friendly games
San Francisco Cup (May 28-30) (Blue Only)
U.S. Club Regional in Modesto (June 11-14) (Blue Only)
Stockton Tournament (June 4-5) (Red Only)
June 15-July 10:
Optional trainings for those in town, once or twice/week.
First week of August: train 3-4 days per week
For the rest of August, train 2-3 X per week
2 August Tournaments (probably the 1st and 3rd weekends of August) (The dates are not confirmed)
September – mid-December:
Weekdays: Training twice per week.
Weekends: League Games, Norcal State Cup and Tournament play
Possible Thanksgiving Tournament in Las Vegas (Blue only)
December 17 – early January:
Weekdays: Training twice per week (possible third weekly training in March/April).
Weekends: Winter League, Norcal State Cup and friendlies (January, and February); Local Tournament and
CYSA State Cup (late March-April) (Blue only, Red maybe)