Program Goal & Overview
CBGC county soccer provides an opportunity for players that want to compete at a recreational but competitive level against other skilled players in the county to develop their soccer skills & knowledge in a team-focused environment. These teams play against other Boys and Girls Clubs in the county, and is the highest level of soccer offered by the CBGC. While these are not select travel teams, players must try out for these teams to determine whether it is a good fit for the child. Every child plays at least a third of every game, although there is no guarantee of equal playing time for this program. Team size is kept small in order to make sure that everyone plays as much as possible.
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Eligibility & Age Requirements
To play in the County Program for 2015, children must have been born between 2010 and 1997 (calendar year), and must live either in Cheverly or in an adjacent neighborhood that does not offer soccer through a Boys and Girls Club. In this way, the Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the County are assured that no club is trying to take the ‘talent’ away from another club (click here for further eligibility rules
The county age eligibility date is September 1 of the current year. Example, if your child was born on September 1, 2005, she is eligible to play with 10U or older. If your son is born on September 2, 2005, he is eligible to play 9U because he was 9 years-old as of the eligibility date. CBGC's standard policy is that players must play within their age group when a team exists, and exceptions are made only with the approval of the athletic director, commissioners, & coaches. Players born in 2010 have the choice of either playing Mini soccer or trying out for county teams based on athletic and emotional maturity.
Registration opens mid-July, and practices start Saturday August 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am at Euclid Park. You will have to check in with the Registrar at some point if you have not completed all the paperwork needed. Players that make the county teams and do not have a CBGC yellow card already (haven't played on a county team in any sport) will need to submit:
- A picture (head and shoulders, size about 1" X 2")
- A copy of birth certificate
- And sign a yellow and white card the registrar will provide.
Please register as soon as possible, as we have to turn in to the county our tentative expected team composition by mid-August. We need to confirm the turn out so that we can report whether we will field a team in each age group. If you plan on taking several weeks of vacation in August, please register early anyway and add a note in the registration form about your August plans. Please register as soon as possible.
For August, we will have practices on Saturday at Euclid Park from 9:30 - 11 am, and on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 - 8:00, also at Euclid Park. Since many players and coaches are on vacation, the early August practices are sometimes more like open sessions where some of the age groups are mixed. To read more about August Assessments, click here. Practice schedules starting in September will be determined by coaches.
Number of Teams & Age Groups
CBGC tries to form teams at the county level for girls and boys at the 6U, 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, and 14U level. The final determination of the number of teams and gender requirements can only be established after actual turnout is confirmed. For example, if there are not enough players for an 8U girls team, the most athletically gifted 8 year old players may be asked to join the 10U girls team while the rest play intramurals, or the 8U team may become co-ed.
Because these are competitive teams, and travel is involved for games - up to 45 minutes in one direction, although usually less - we ask that parents commit to having their child be at all games, and that coaches be informed when that is not possible. Not only is it a waste of time and gas for parents from both teams if a team has to forfeit on game day, the club is fined $150 if 24-hour notice is not given to the county. If you know your child cannot play on a given date, you need to inform his/her coach as soon as possible.
Beginning third Saturday in August, children interested in trying out for the county teams should come to Euclid St. Park (“Pool Park”), on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am to start practicing. While most kids will make the teams, and we often need more players for the older teams, practices held the first 3 or 4 Saturdays of August will serve as assessments for making the County teams. Every child gets to play somewhere and we do what we can to accomodate, so if your child tries out and does not make the county team, we ask parents to keep the experience as positive as possible. There can be significant changes from one year to the next in terms of a players' athleticism and skill, so its important to keep them involved as the next year could be the year they make the county team.
Parents who know that their child will not be able to make any practices during the assessment period must communicate ahead of time on the registration form and with the coaches and commissioner to ensure that they know of their interest and that an alternate form of evaluation can be established.
Games usually start the first Saturday after labor day, and likely run through early November. Games are held on Saturdays and Sundays, at fields throughout PG County. Once the county makes the schedule available it will be posted on this website. Additionally, there is a tournament held mid-November that we often enter teams into, and more information will be made available at the time.
There will likely be a modest fee for County fees, soccer uniforms or jerseys. Also, each player should bring to practice:
- A large water bottle filled with cold water - its very hot early on
- Their own soccer ball - we want each child to have their own to maximize ball touches. Ages 7-10U use a size 4, while 11-18U use size 5.
- Shin guards are required for games and practices
- Soccer cleats - Cleats must be plastic, not metal. Don't buy football cleats that have a cleat right at the front toe.
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