The new national mandates allow a maximum of three (3) players to play 'up' between playing formats (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11). There are no exceptions to this rule.
In other instances outside of the mandates, it depends if this is developmentally appropriate for your son or daughter. The recent introduction of single birth year age groups nationwide was for developmental purposes. Therefore, it is the policy of the CDO Soccer Club that players may only be allowed to play out of their birth year age group in the following cases:
- Where playing up would allow a boy or girl to continue to participate in the event a team could not be formed in the true birth year age group.
- Where players are all attending high school, typically in the 1998-2002 birth year age groups. Any player in the high school age groups may play “up” on an older age team, although this should only occur if it is in the best interests of player development.
- Where the player, in the opinion of the Director of Coaching and the age group coaches, would benefit in their long term soccer development by playing “up”, Typically this means being one of the top 3-4 players in the older age group by coach consensus.
- At the discretion of the Board of Directors of CDO Soccer, or at the request of the Director of Coaching. In the event of a dispute or conflict of interest between coaches/Director of Coaches, the Board of Directors shall make a decision by simple majority.
Players will play the equivalent at least one half of all PCJSL league games and at least 15 minutes in all other games. (If a team has two games, it is feasible for a player to play a quarter of one game and three quarters of another game to meet the minimum requirement).
The coach makes the decision on tournament play above the 15 minute minimum. In league or tournament play, other factors such as infrequent attendance or poor conduct at practice may play a role in reduced playing time, but this is something the coach should indicate to the player and parent in the event of such an occurrence.
At CDO we take pride in developing soccer players, and that does not happen by kids spending the game sitting on the bench.
CDO registration fees cover a variety of expenses that are incurred during the year - it is an annual fee, not a seasonal fee. Here is a breakdown of the sort of things your registration fee pays for:
State registration - The cost of registering players with the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA), which includes player insurance.
PCJSL registration - The cost of registering players with the Pima County Junior Soccer League (PCJSL), the place where the majority of CDO teams will play their league soccer.
Referee fees for the approximately 10-15 league games most teams will play over the course of the year.
Field set -up fees for league games - the cost of having someone go and set up the nets and corner flags at PCJSL games throughout Tucson.
Floodlight and facility fees for training and games at Riverfront Park - Oro Valley charges us for the use of the fields and the lights.
Club administration - for expenses such as office supplies, website, day to day expenses incurred by the club.
Coach education budget - to help improve the quality of coaching, CDO allocates a budget for education to allow both professional and volunteer coaches to take part in licensing and further education courses. It also covers the cost of updating and maintaining our online education portal at www.cdosoccerclub.vids.io
Equipment budget - to provide training materials and supplies to our coaches, such as cones, pinnies, speed ladders and other miscellaneous equipment.
CDO soccer club is a non profit organization (501 (c)(3)) under the Pima county Soccer League (TAX ID EIN 51-0166697)
For players aged 9-18: The uniform kit (which includes 2 jerseys, 2 shorts, 2 socks, and a training shirt) is approximately $125. CDO selects uniform styles that manufacturers guarantee for 2-3 seasons, so for most players the cost is roughly $40-60/season.
For players aged 5-8: The uniform kit is included in the annual registration fee.
Our uniform supplier is The Shop. The Shop is a local soccer retailer that provides all the benefits of online ordering and shipping coupled with the trusted brick and mortar store front in our local community. You can check out the CDO ordering portal on the CDO Uniform Page
Note: There will be no exceptions to the club uniform. Our teams will only wear the authorized match kit items (specified above) for PCJSL and AYSA sanctioned matches/tournaments - no exceptions.
CDO provides a range of options that vary by age group/gender.
Our Player Development Pathway (PDP) for 5-10 year old players offers free professional coaching support.
Starting in the 2006 birth year, some teams have a licensed volunteer coach, others have this plus a part time or full time trainer, and others a full time professional coach. Please see the descriptions below for an overview of each option and which is best for you.
(Teams returning numerous players may determine this option in advance, but any prospective families will be given this information ahead of any tryout/player placement so costs are known up front.)
Trained Volunteer Coach
We require all volunteers to participate in licensing and coach education. The coach is typically a former CDO player or person with a working knowledge of soccer, although in the younger age groups, (5-8 year olds), we are willing to help enthusiastic volunteers keen to learn more about the game and how to be a positive coach.
All coaches are able to contact our coaching director for advice/assistance at any time and will have exclusive access to free coaching clinics, an online curriculum with over 600 soccer exercises/games, financial support in licensing requests, (on a first come, first served basis).
There is typically no cost for a trained volunteer, although a small stipend to cover expenses for those coaching kids other than their own is often offered. (Such as gas money, covering the cost of a hotel room at an out of town competition etc).
This is for teams and coaches who would like some input from our professional training/coaching staff, but would like a volunteer coach to run things on games days and at most training sessions.
The training cost is divided equally between the number of players in the squad, and is deducted from the team account and varies based upon the qualifications/experience of the trainer.
Full Time Trainer
This is for teams who would like significant training help, with a licensed coach running team training sessions, and mentoring the coach to improve aspects of play in games.
The training fees are in addition to a fee (if any) charged by the team coach, and again are based upon the licensing/experience of the trainer.
In most cases this is optional, not mandatory. Some teams with many returning players have already committed to have a trainer for the following season; in such instances, parents are made aware of costs during tryouts. These costs are cheaper than some clubs charge for lesser licensed/experienced trainers!
Full Time Professional Coach
This option is not restricted to high level competitive teams, it is available to any team that wants it, even at the recreational level.
All sessions and games are attended by an advanced licensed coach, who will be the coach of record on the team's listing and will attend games. This option is for teams looking to find experienced help in developing youth soccer players, with structured coaching practices, regular feedback to players and in-game coaching, following up on topics covered during previous training sessions.
Cost is determined based upon the licensing/experience of the coach, and volunteer assistants are welcomed, since they will be mentored for free as part of this service.
A professionally coached team can be of any ability, it does not need to be a "competitive" team, as all players should have the opportunity to learn from our advanced coaches!
For those teams that have part/full time training or coaching, each team operates slightly differently, although many principles remain the same.
The monthly costs are determined by the individual coaches who are independent contractors to the club, but what they can request is based upon club guidelines to make sure that unlicensed or less experienced coaches cannot overcharge for their services - if you are paying more than you are used to, that is because you are getting a licensed, experienced coach. There's a great chance you're paying less than at other clubs offering similar services.
Typically, those without licensing or any certification below a USSF 'C' (or NSCAA National Diploma), will not be allowed to charge any fee for coaching unless they have at least 5-10 years of coaching/high level playing experience (at the discretion of the Director of Coaching and Board of Directors). This also goes for certifications that are more than ten years old if there is no evidence of ongoing education.
Professional coaches are in effect salaried by the monthly fees, so it is important that all monies are collected by the team manager 7 days prior to the end of the month, to cover the following month of dues.
In the event of game or practice cancellations due to inclement weather, scheduled holidays etc, no adjustment can be made to the fee, but all coaches are expected to make an effort to conduct a session of some description. (This could be an indoor practice, a player social or a game observation for instance.)
CDO teams may choose to add a paid assistant or add a monthly stipend to offset tournament and other miscellaneous expenses, but these are both completely optional and determined by each team.
Teams with families requiring financial aid, (no ability based scholarships are allowed), can agree to offset the costs of individual players. For example, if a squad of sixteen players have two players requiring partial or full financial support, the other fourteen players can agree to pay the monthly installment on behalf of those players. These arrangements are made by individual teams and overseen by the team manager.
Yes, these come from all types of team within our club, as well as some from parents who have since moved out of Tucson. (In accordance with child protection practices, full names are not used on this website, although first names or initials may be used with parental permission.) See our testimonials below.
THE CRAZY SEASON
Austin Daniels, Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) Technical Director
The crazy season has arrived on the Arizona youth soccer scene... It's tryout time!!! What is it about tryout time that makes normally professional adults act immaturely and unprofessionally? Why does this time of year change adults? Are they like this all year round but hide it during other parts of the season? It's a question I ask myself every year around this time. It seems during the tryout season that many adults, coaches, and parents turn to have all the worst qualities that we dislike; greedy, selfish and unreasonable behavior.
Is the grass always greener this time of year or is it greener all year but this is the time they can find that greener patch?
Most people know what I'm referring to. If you don't, it's the perpetual searching for the perfect coach and the perfect team that will win every game and get every player a full scholarship to play in college even if they are 7 years old. Where did this craziness come from?
I'm afraid to say it came from us, the adults. The kids didn't create this environment. The adult coaches, parents and administrators have. We all have had a hand in creating this type of environment... It is something we need to change.
How do we as adults change this environment that we have created?
First we need to take a step back and take a realistic view of where we are in the big picture. This is youth soccer not the professionals. Most players are playing to have fun, be with friends and improve and learn. Ask most players if they would rather play in games and lose or sit on the bench and win championships most players will opt on playing. Of course they all want to win but playing is the utmost importance.
Most of the players will not be receive a college scholarship. Many will not even continue to play in high school. Almost no one will make it to the professional level. So why do we treat every game as if it's the final of the World Cup?
Coaches need to understand that we are not at the level of Jose Mourinho or Alex Ferguson. We are at the level of the local school teacher working hard every day to make sure the players are as successful as they can be. If we can create an open fun and learning environment we would be amazed at how much better players will be.
Parents keep in mind why your children play. Understand that you can't solve every problem that arises in your child's life. Your child needs to learn how to solve problems on their own. They may need help on how to solve issues that arise, but let them work on their problem solving skills; it will help them in the long run.As administrators we need to constantly look at the competitions we've set up and determine how much emphasis we put on wining. Every player strives to win whenever they step on the field. As adults we have to watch that we don't over emphasize the winning of a competition so not to put too much pressure on players.During this tryout season take a look at your current situation. It may not be perfect but can you help make it better by staying? The solution is not always moving to the next imperfect situation.
Hopefully everyone can analyze where they are now and make a non emotional decision on what is best for their child. Keep in mind each club and team should be striving for a positive, creative, learning environment that is fun. At the end of the day soccer should be and is a fun game. There isn't a player out there that goes to work soccer; the players go to play soccer. Have fun and enjoy the summer.
How soccer parents can avoid the trap of "the next big thing" (Extract from Jon Akin - US Men's National Team Scout article in NSCAA Soccer Journal)
There is an epidemic of parents and youth players looking for “the next best thing.” You see it day in and day out at the club level during tryout time. Parents and players frantically try to line up what they think is a better situation for the coming season – the one that might give them a chance to make regional teams or get more looks from college scouts or just bragging rights with the other parents waiting in the school carpool lane. And many people’s moral compasses, and their ability to see the big picture, go right out the window.
Overzealous parents and coaches sell the opportunities that their club can offer over other clubs. They offer enticements like the big-name tournaments they will attend and their high-powered coaching staff (which you may or may not get because the coaching turnover is almost as high as the roster turnover). So every year during tryout time, players and parents are looking for “the next best thing.” It resembles a zoo: players go to three different tryouts on three different nights while parents set up different tryout times so they can showcase their kids. The kids are stressed, the parents are stressed and people often do some unethical things under the guise of “doing what is best for their children”. For parents who play these games, allow me to make an observation: you are doing your children a disservice.
First, you are putting an undue amount of stress on your child. The game of soccer should be fun. It should be about working together and overcoming obstacles as a team.
Second, you are creating an environment where your children are always looking for that “next best thing.” Instead of being happy where they are, facing the challenges and learning from that environment, you are swapping your kids around before they get a chance to learn anything.
In my opinion, children in this prolonged environment could, later in life, learn to look for new jobs once a year in lieu of mastering one. They might change careers four and five times because one company offers an extra weekend of vacation or another doesn’t offer immediate advancement. Worse still, they may soon start to look for different boyfriends and girlfriends or, perhaps, wives or husbands, because one is better looking or has more money. These outcomes may seem extreme but they should also come with a measure of credence: if the child is taught the grass is always greener on the other side through their youth soccer experiences, what prevents them from taking the same tract in more impactful life decisions?
Also, what about the time-tested, all important quality of loyalty that gets thrown out the window as we SHOP for a better deal for our children’s soccer playing experience. Teaching children loyalty will ultimately far outweigh the extra showcase that the new club is offering. Finally, when you drag your kid from team to team, you are depriving them of fond long-lasting memories of tight friendships – and intense rivalries — that are some big reasons why they will love the sport for a lifetime.
I recommend you do a few things. Play with your local club. The time you save by not having to make a crazy, 90-minute commute to be on the team that’s “the next big thing” is valuable time that you can spend as a family. Or it will give your child an opportunity to eat at home instead of forcing down fast food and focusing on doing homework at home instead of distractedly doing it in the car. Don’t believe that you’re missing out by sticking with your current club. There are a lot of good coaches out there. The things that you should be concerned about when it comes where to play are simple: Is the coach knowledgeable about the sport? Is your child learning? Is your child being treated with respect? If a child is not being challenged, that is a good time to leave. But don’t leave just because your child is not getting enough playing time. Let your child deal with the situation. They will be a better person for learning how to deal with that adversity. And don’t buy into that old line that “If our U-14 team doesn’t get into the Upper Saskatchewan Mid-Winter Snow Frolic College Showcase, he/she won’t get the looks from scouts and will never play in college.” At the U-17 and U-18 divisions, it might be helpful for teams in the top divisions to attend some showcases, but having your child work the Internet and take a proactive approach in contacting college coaches about his interest in their school – and letting them get to know him — will get your kid just as far.
Your son or daughter will most likely end up at the level of soccer that they deserve based on how much time they put into the game, which is a strong contrast to the belief that a coach or an environment will get you where you need to go.
[infobox ]Coach Testimonials
JC, Oro Valley
There are many opportunities to grow as a coach with CDO. Resources to help with sessions are available. Mentor coaches are on hand for education, feedback and a different perspective that you may have never considered before. I feel appreciated for the time I give to the club.
TP, Oro Valley
I have been an assistant coach for one of the Gold teams for 4 years. CDO helped me get my USSF 'E' license upon starting and has always encouraged extra training opportunities. I have been impressed with all the professional coaches at CDO as they strive to balance development and competitiveness. I felt my opinions were received and if not taken reasons were given why. Overall, I have had an excellent experience during my time here.
BM, Oro Valley
I have been coaching with the club for three years. I came in as a USSF 'E' licensed coach helping out with the player pool. As a CDO coach, I have taken advantage of coaching education both from state trainers and through other coaches within CDO. I am currently testing for USSF D National, and recently attended a Coerver youth development course in San Diego. As a coach within CDO Soccer Club I have always felt welcome and encouraged to become a better coach and teacher.
I think it's rare to find a coach so focused on/talented at training their players for something beyond athleticism. Steve's style of coaching turns game intelligence into intuition, something I hope I'll hold onto for the rest of my soccer career. No one loves the game more or knows the game better than he does, and out of all the coaches I've had over the years, Steve has left the biggest impression on me as a player in the best way possible.
AK, Tucson AZ
What I love about CDO is they know how to develop a player both 'soccer wise' and mentally. The club is less expensive than other clubs yet players still receive top of the line coaching and mentoring. I can say with full confidence that I would not be going to play college soccer if it wasn't for the club and its wonderful members.
I'd like to say that my daughter LOVES playing soccer at CDO. She has been on pretty much the same team for the past 3 years and enjoys going to practices and games. She is even motivated to get up early on the weekends, which says a lot for her. Only soccer will get this girl out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday…. The girls on her team have become really close friends, who are positive and encouraging towards each other. They truly have a great time playing together.
MB, Tucson AZ
Over the last two years, we have had an amazing experience with the CDO Soccer Club. All three of our children (U10, U13, U16) are having different, but equally rewarding experiences on their respective teams. We have found the coaches to be extremely engaged with the players and invested in their individual development, not only with technical skills, but tactical play and understanding the nuances of their positions on the field.
KB, Tustin, CA
I have had the privilege of watching Steve Wallace coach four of our children in soccer. He takes a big picture approach, emphasizing the importance of having a sound game fundamentally...including technical skill, physical conditioning and strategic thinking. The focus is on continuous player and team development not short sighted "tricks" that may earn a "Win" while sacrificing long term objectives. Instruction is quietly offered in a consistent, positive manner and there are no player "favorites". He engages each individual in the intellectual aspects of the game, asking them to think strategically instead of barking directions from the sideline. It is clear that he personally loves the game of soccer and has high expectations for the game to be played "properly" with skill, sportsmanship and integrity. To him, a poorly played "Win" is of less value in developing a quality soccer club than a well played "Loss". It's all about the big picture.
I felt my daughter really improved and had an excellent experience at CDO soccer. She had high quality coaches who not only know the game but know how to instruct and motivate a group of young girls. This league required a longer drive for us and more carpool organization, but it was worth it and we plan to be part of it next year for sure. I was very happy with our experience at CDO.
MA, Oro Valley
Our family has had a great experience with CDO Soccer club. We appreciate the sideline standards of respect and encouragement expected of parents. Our coach instills learning and working hard, but still allows the boys to have fun. Both of our boys have played with CDO for a few years and they have always wanted to return for the next season.
RB, Oro Valley
Our kids have been playing on CDO club soccer teams for the last five years and we continue to do so based on the positive and excellent coaching that our kids have received. We currently have three children on CDO soccer teams and will be adding a fourth this next year, their ages ranging from 9 to 15. We have seen our kids who are at all different levels and skills improve their confidence and soccer skills to a much higher lever then I think they would have done somewhere else. We appreciate the flexibility that CDO soccer club offers as far as different levels of teams that are available based on skill and family commitment. Our kids have participated in the various soccer camps that are offered every summer and throughout the year and have loved them. We truly feel fortunate to have the CDO soccer club in our community and feel that our kids have truly benefited from the coaching they have received. Our kids would not go anywhere else.
TK, Oro Valley
My son joined CDO soccer without having a rich background in the sport. He made great progress with his coach and felt like he was part of the team even though he wasn't one of the star players. He was still rotated into the games like any other player. That meant a lot to him! The season was a very positive experience and he is looking forward to next season with CDO soccer.
VP, Oro Valley
When we moved to Tucson a year ago I was concerned that my daughter would not find a soccer club that would help her grow and develop her skills. We came from a club atmosphere in which developing skills and playing good soccer were the focus. I was so pleased to learn about CDO Soccer Club! CDO had the same philosophy and caliber of training and coaching that we were familiar with. I am so pleased to see the great progress my daughter has made with her CDO club team. The most important thing....she is very happy and still loves soccer. Thank you CDO!
CK, Tucson AZ
As a twenty year veteran of the business side of professional soccer, (D.C. United, Real Salt Lake, Columbus Crew, FC Tucson, Albuquerque Sol and more), I cannot speak highly enough about the quality soccer education provided to my daughter, Alex Keeney, through CDO Soccer Club and her coach. Steve is the consummate professional, understands that player and personal development are the goal while constantly setting a winning expectation throughout his teams. Most of all he is a leader of young people and has the personality/demeanor to see the big picture while being able to connect one of one with all of his team members as only good coaches know how. Great person, great teacher, great experience!
My daughter has been playing at CDO for four years. I am very pleased with the quality of coaching she has received. Every team member gets plenty of playing time, and there is a strong emphasis on the individual player's skill development. My daughter has made good friends from several schools on her team, and she always looks forward to practices and games. I am very happy that at 16 she's looking forward to another season of soccer Playing for CDO has been a positive influence in her life.
TP, Oro Valley
RM & SM, Indianapolis, IN
Anna always had a positive experience with CDO and coaches she has played for, no matter the score of the game she has always felt like a winner.
PB & LB, Tucson
CDO Soccer Club has offered a great experience for our daughter. Megan started in AYSO soccer and after two years progressed to join a CDO club team. Megan has been gifted with excellent coaches who have helped her develop as both a technical and tactical soccer player. Her coaches have also been excellent roles models over the years both on and off the field of soccer. Megan's team has traveled to tournaments in Nevada, California and Arizona, which has given her and her teammates a chance to test their skills against some of the top talent in the United States. We as parents have also enjoyed the friendships we have made with other parents of CDO Soccer Club.
TL, Tucson AZ
My daughters have been playing soccer since they were four. They are both athletic; however, the tactical and technical game of soccer was not being developed by other coaches that they have had in the past. In one season of soccer, with Steve as their coach, we watched those aspects of the game improve so much that there are college coaches emailing for interest. We have noticed their confidence level increase tremendously and their dream of playing collegiate soccer is more of a reality.
JE, Kansas City, MO
I tell people the one thing we miss most is Marley's soccer team. When we moved to Oro Valley we didn't know anyone. When Marley joined the team, the girls, coach and parents made us feel very welcome. The girls all made Marley feel like she was part of the team right from the start. I loved this soccer team for the way the coach made all of the girls feel like they were important, and they were there to have fun and learn. Too many coaches put too much emphasis on winning and not enough on team spirit, learning the game and being a good sport, all of which was a huge part of CDO. If there was one thing we could bring back from Arizona it would be you guys!
JC & SC, Oro Valley
As parents, we believe the CDO Soccer Club has contributed immensely to the maturity, discipline and strength our daughter has shown over the past several years. We feel this is due to the Club's coaches and families that we participated with. The coaches at CDO truly respect the game of soccer and promote team work, sportsmanship, playing hard to achieve success and discipline to support the team they play on. My wife and I have often commented that the coaches at CDO seem to be the only coaches we've observed that teach strategy over aggression, fast-paced play and discipline over physicality and team work over individual stars. We could not have chosen a better club for our daughter to play with. When strategies, teamwork and discipline was achieved by our daughter's team this led to more games won and tournament victories than we can remember, but more importantly this led to camaraderie on and off the field, lasting friendships for our daughter and us as parents and a true appreciation for how the game of soccer should and could be played and what a soccer club could be. Tucson