The Competitive program is the next step for Academy players seeking to continue their competitive soccer journey beyond the age of eleven. Please note that the creation of competitive teams for ages 11 and 12 is contingent upon player availability and desire among the Academy Program participants. The Competitive program continues to focus on developmental aspects of soccer, but by nature has a greater emphasis on strategies and winning and has increased travel and fees.
Competitive soccer is a league in which travel is required. The travel will range across the state on any given weekend. Laurel Storm will host several games throughout the season. The competition experience of scheduled teams is more advanced and is broken into two primary classifications: Classic and Premier. Competitive play requires a higher level of commitment from coaches, players, and parents. Financial obligations including additional uniform requirements and additional coaching fees may apply.
Per MYSA and the USYSA Guidelines
31) “classic league” means an interclub league in which:
a) the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting, or any similar process to roster players selectively to any team on the basis of talent or ability, is permitted; and
b) one or more league rules restrict the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams.
41) “premiere league” means an interclub league in which no rule restricts the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams, except for that that
a) define and prohibit unethical recruiting behavior; or
b) limit the participation of players previously rostered to another team.
In the event Coed teams are formed, the teams must play in the boys divisions. It is our intent to avoid formation of Coed teams, however, this can only be avoided by registration of individual gender specific players. If we are unable to register enough gender specific athletes, the club either has to form coed teams or accept that certain gender and age specific groups may not have teams to play on.