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SUPPLEMENTAL TRYOUTS

The following age groups or teams are looking for players. This list is not exhaustive however, so use the contact form to reach out us if interested. 

2002 Boys Red (contact Coach Prochazka)

 

TRYOUTS

ANNUAL TRYOUT SCHEDULE

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REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS HERE
THERE ARE TWO (2) WAYS TO JOIN A PIPELINE CLUB TEAM:

1 – Annual Tryouts: Held in May, this is the most common way to make a Pipeline Club team. During these tryouts, our teams fill the bulk of roster spots for the coming soccer year.  Information and sign up for Annual Tryouts will be posted below in March of each year.

2 – Supplemental Tryouts: Players/parents should email a coach to see if there is space on a team. Each coach’s contact info is posted on their team pages. These can be accessed through the team links at left.  We have up to five teams per age group. Our teams are designated Pre-Academy (at oldest ages only) , then Black followed in order by Red, Gold, and White. Contact the team which seems most appropriate to try out for.  Depending on a conversation with the coach or after attending a practice, a player may then be directed to one of the other teams.  There is regular movement of players between teams in order to maximize their development.

ANNUAL TRYOUTS IMPORTANT INFO:

Annual Tryouts are held in May/June. Outside of those times, ignore this FAQs area and contact us about trying out directly for a team.

Please read and/or print out the below IMPORTANT details about annual tryouts. The information below details what to wear and bring to tryouts, and also outlines the process.

WHEN TO ARRIVE?

Arrive 20 minutes early to your first tryout session. When you arrive, there will be tables set up for MANDATORY CHECK-IN and same day registration. Everyone has to check in. If you do not check in on the first tryout day, we will not know your son or daughter is in attendance. Without this step, they will not be on the coaches’ lists. On subsequent days, 10 minutes early is fine but that also means dressed and ready to play.

WHAT TO BRING?

Shin guards (required)
soccer cleats (non-metal) or turf shoes
water (extra!)
a ball (inflated properly)

WHAT TO WEAR?

Wear a WHITE shirt (as plain as possible) plus whatever else is weather appropriate. Please wear black (or dark) shorts and socks if possible. Do NOT wear anything with the logo of another youth team or youth club. Pipeline players should NOT wear jerseys with Pipeline.

CAN MY CHILD PLAY UP IN AGE?

Yes, but this is up to the discretion of the club’s Director of Coaching in conjunction with the coaching staff. DO NOT have your child attend a tryout of an older age group. Such decisions are made after tryouts. A player will not be allowed to play up in age unless he/she is able to start and play most of the game on the older team. Further, playing on the younger team must be a hindrance to the player’s development. A player’s development is the priority of this club (not loyalties to teams or pursuit of winning). A player in our organization will play up if it benefits the player’s development. That is always our priority.

HOW MANY TRYOUTS SHOULD MY CHILD ATTEND?

The more tryouts attended, the greater the opportunity a players has to exhibit his or her skills. We encourage you to attend all of the tryouts in your respective age group and you must attend at least one of the tryouts to be considered for placement on a team. We have a limited number of tryouts because we have found that when players are spread out over many sessions it is very difficult to fairly make selections.

WHAT ARE COACHES LOOKING FOR IN A PLAYER?

At all ages, coaches are looking for: attitude, athleticism, competitive drive, technical skill, pace of play, and tactical understanding. A player’s position is not a factor at the youngest ages. Those players will play all over the field at teams to aid in learning. At the older age groups, players do increasingly play specific roles/positions on teams and coaches will be taking into account teams positional needs to some extent.

WHEN & HOW DO I FIND OUT

After the last tryout, staff will inform parents by email or phone about a player’s status on a team. This will happen within 1-3 days. Parents will be given information as to commitment level and costs of a team at that time. A deadline will be placed on players making decisions. This is necessary to be fair to all players who tried out for the team.

To reserve a spot in an age group, a per player fee is required when accepting an offer of a spot. This will be your first payment towards club fees. This early payment is necessary to be fair to the players who do not make certain teams or a team at all. If a player initially accepts, then changes his/her mind, we then have to call back another player after already turning a player down. That is not fair to the players and we need to avoid that situation as much as possible.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO JOIN A PIPELINE TEAM?  ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS?

There is A LOT of misinformation out there about club soccer, so please take us as the source about our fees and not what others tell you. Costs vary drastically by team, age, level of play, and a team’s goals. Of course, we also offer our Pipeline Development Academy for only $175. We also have need-based scholarship program HERE. For the club teams your son or daughter is trying out for, the total costs this year (2018-2019) start at $159 a month (paid 10 months, not 12). There is also an annual facility fee ($300) and club fee ($300). These fees include everything but the uniform. Uniforms are bought every 2-3 years only. Why such a large range from the lowest to the highest fees?  While all of our teams are professionally coached by non-parent licensed coaches, the oldest and highest level teams are often playing in tournaments all over the country as they are in the final stages of being recruited by collegiate programs. That increases costs for those teams. Over the course of the year, taking into account all training and games, the median pay of our coaches is $17 an hour. That is less than the referees get paid at games.

HOW DO I TRY OUT FOR THE BALTIMORE ARMOUR USSDA TEAMS?

The Baltimore Armour US Soccer Development Academy is our program for boys who will be 13 to 18 during the calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). A similar program for girls is now being set up with US Soccer and will be rolled out within a few months. This is the highest level of youth soccer for boys in the country. With very few exceptions, the boys cannot play High School soccer as this is a year round program that conflicts with HS Soccer. Because of this restriction, some players might opt not to play for the Baltimore Armour program even if capable of doing so skill-wise. Players will be chosen for further evaluation by Baltimore Armour coaches and the Board of Governance directly. Players interested in Baltimore Armour should attend our tryouts. If chosen for the top team in his respective age group, the opportunity to play for our USSDA program can be discussed with the player and is parents/guardians.

WHO MAKES THE SELECTIONS AT TRYOUTS? WHO ARE THE COACHES?

The head coach of the “Black” team in an age group oversees the tryout for an age group. He or she chooses players for the “Black” team first. When that is complete, he or she assists any other coaches in the age group in picking the other teams. All coaches for an age group will be at tryouts helping one another assess all players throughout. Coach designations for teams and their coaching resumes will be posted on-line before tryouts in the teams area.

HOW MANY TEAMS ARE IN AN AGE GROUP? WHAT ARE TEAM NAMES AND DESIGNATIONS ? 

In the younger age groups (U12 and below), we will field 2-4 teams in an age group. We will not field more than that. How many we field is based on player interest and the if the level of play warrants the formation of the teams. At U13 and above, we will field 1-3 teams in an age group. Our teams are designated Black, Red, Gold or White for their team names. Black being the strongest. Regardless of team level, all teams get the same level of training, facilities, and commitment from the club so that the only difference is the level of play (i.e., certain leagues or divisions) they play at so that it is developmentally appropriate for their progress as players. Our goal is not to have the most club teams, but to have the best run and best coached team for the enjoyment and development of the players.

HOW DOES A PLAYER’S EXPERIENCE DIFFER BETWEEN TEAM LEVELS?

We value all our teams. We do not slight lower teams in any way. All teams will be treated equally in terms of training resources. They have the same level of coaching and field access as any other team. This means that a player on any team in an age group has the same chance to develop to his or her potential as a player on another team. Further, a player may be moved up or down over time if that is better for the player’s development. This happens regularly, even on the best teams. Our goal is development of every player in the club. The only difference is the level of competition.

MY CHILD IS ALSO TRYING OUT ELSEWHERE, OR WILL SOON. WHAT DO I DO?

We know this can be a difficulty, but this is not something we can work around. We schedule our tryouts based on field availability and hold them before kids go away on summer vacations. Each year, we announce our tryout dates well before anyone else announces theirs. We do this to help to families plan. It would be unfair to other players at tryouts to wait for a decision while a player tries out for another team or plays teams/clubs against one another. Our hope is to get dedicated players and supportive families who believe in the Pipeline model of player development, our coaches, and the Pipeline approach to youth club soccer as a whole.

What are Club Teams?

Learn the difference between our club teams, our US Soccer Development Academy, the Pipeline Development Academy, recreational & travel soccer.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEVELS OF SOCCER?

RECREATIONAL:
Playing on a recreational team involves no tryouts. Recreational soccer is often the first step to playing travel soccer or to playing club soccer, or it can be all a child wants (and that is completely fine!). Our recreational program is our Pipeline Development Academy. It differs vastly from other Recreational programs because includes the use of professional coaches instead of parents, and the goal of the program is geared towards fun as well as preparing players to join our club teams.

TRAVEL:
What is the difference between travel and club teams? This can be confusing, particularly in the Baltimore region where travel programs try and act as clubs at times. Despite this, there are clear differences. Travel soccer involves tryouts and the teams are coached by parents of kids on the team. Travel teams play most of their games against other local travel teams, often other recreational councils. Further, almost all travel teams do not play year round. The level of dedication and commitment to the sport is often not quite there. This is not a criticism of travel soccer. It has its place but as players get older, even in other sports, the best players end up at the club level as they look for better coaching, and more consistent opportunities to play tough competition in events open only to the top players and teams.

CLUB:
Playing on a club soccer team involves a level of commitment on the part of players and families that one does not find at the recreational level or travel level. Playing on such a team is for the dedicated player who loves soccer and wishes to improve. The soccer is still age appropriate and fun, but it does involve trying out for a team, more training than other programs, as well as a higher level of competition. Players should be interested in improving technically, tactically, and in terms of fitness/speed. The coaches are licensed and have played the game at a higher level than one finds in rec or travel soccer. Some of our coaches have played for their national teams, others have played professionally, and virtually all played collegiate soccer as well. Perhaps most importantly of all, at Pipeline we strongly feel that non-parent coaches are best for the experience of not only the player but also parents and the team. Facilities & fields are consistently available and good for our training. The club provides the fields and they are provided year round so that teams are not struggling to find space to train, particularly outside the fall.

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY  (Baltimore Armour & Washington Spirit):

This is the top tier of youth soccer for boys & girls ages 11-18 years of age. This program is run by clubs in conjunction with US Soccer. Ours is the only such program in the Baltimore area. This gives you an idea of the level of play. Players seeking to join Baltimore Armour or Washington Spirit generally come out of club teams in our club and from others.

COSTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

There is A LOT of misinformation out there about club soccer, so please take us as the source about our fees and not what others tell you. Costs vary drastically by team, age, level of play, and a team’s goals. Of course, we also offer our Pipeline Development Academy for only $175. We also have need-based scholarship program HERE. For the club teams your son or daughter is trying out for, the total costs this year (2018-2019) start at $159 a month (paid 10 months, not 12). There is also an annual facility fee ($300) and club fee ($300). These fees include everything but the uniform. Uniforms are bought every 2-3 years only. Why such a large range from the lowest to the highest fees?  While all of our teams are professionally coached by non-parent licensed coaches, the oldest and highest level teams are often playing in tournaments all over the country as they are in the final stages of being recruited by collegiate programs. That increases costs for those teams. Over the course of the year, taking into account all training and games, the median pay of our coaches is $17 an hour. That is less than the referees get paid at games.

LOCATION OF TRAINING

Pipeline has partnered with many schools and other facility providers for training. These include, but are not limited to, Friends School of Baltimore, Baltimore Poly HS, Glen Arm, Bryn Mawr School, Park School and Loyola University. This will entail all seasons, including indoor facilities during the winter.

LEAGUE LOCATIONS & TOURNAMENTS

This varies dramatically by age and ability level. The youngest teams stay very local, even if the team is very good. As a team gets older it may stay local but as the team improves, the team needs to travel a bit more to find good competition. For leagues, the teams will always have half their games at home. It is best to talk to a coach before accepting a spot to find out a team’s plans. Our teams may play in leagues such as EDP, Northeast Pre-Academy League, Region 1, USYSA National League, MESL, CMSA, BBSL, MSSSL, MOSL, & CMSA

SEASONS

Almost all teams our teams play fall, winter & spring. All teams will start training during the summer. Younger teams are very flexible with players so they can play multiple sports. Even older teams that are not top teams are flexible with this. Only the top older teams find playing multiple sports outside of high school tough to manage, though players often continue to play other sports for their schools. It is just difficult for a high school age player to play more than one club sport and focus on academics so at this point players specialize. This is the experience in soccer and any other club sport. Most older teams (U15 and up) will train in the summer and then take a break until the high school season is complete, though most train a few times a month to stay connected as a team.

ARE COACHES LICENSED? BACKGROUND CHECKS?

Yes – Our coaches hold licenses with governing bodies such as USSF, NCSAA, and UEFA. Yes – Our coaches undergo extensive background checks in compliance with all Maryland State Youth Soccer Association best training for youth soccer programs.

WHEN DOES THE SEASON START? WHEN DOES TRAINING START?

Teams below HS Age will train during most of the summer in preparation for the fall season, and players are certainly excused for family vacations. The season generally starts with a Labor Day tournament, although some teams also do an August tournament. Leagues start the weekend after Labor Day. Teams are active during the winter with league/training and most teams do involve some level of a spring commitment, although at the younger ages this may be scaled back to take into account multi-sport athletes.

HIGH SCHOOL AGE TEAMS

These teams will train during June and July in order prepare players for their High School tryouts and seasons. Teams at this age will not play a fall season as they will be playing for their high schools, but those teams will get together for a training once every week, or every other week, to keep fresh as a team so they are ready for an end of fall tournament and the beginning of winter league play. Spring play is the main club season for HS players.

MOBILITY BETWEEN TEAMS

As a large club with multiple teams within an age group, we are able to provide the appropriate level of play for all our players. It is very common for players to start on a lower team and move up to a higher team before the end of the year and our top teams are full of those who started on lower teams.

Parent Code of Conduct

Soccer is an exciting, fast moving and fun game. Coaches, players and fans should remember that the objective is to have fun and learn the game of soccer. It is important to our soccer program that all participants conduct themselves in a positive and responsible manner.

Pipeline Soccer Club will NOT tolerate behavior which brings the Club, team, or game into disrepute. TheClub believes that the attitude shown by parents toward the coaches, the referees, the opposing players and the importance of winning vs. losing are of paramount importance. Inappropriate comments or actions by adults bent on short-term success rather than the long range benefits undermines the essence of competition and introduces stresses which are inappropriate for children:

I will set a good example to my child by behaving at all times in accordance with the following:

  • I will not openly criticize the referees before, during or after games.
  • I will not openly criticize our opponents or engage in arguments with their parents or officials during or after games.
  • I will only give positive feedback to players on both teams.
  • I will cheer at all games within the spirit of fair play.
  • I will be mindful of our opponents’ feelings when cheering for our team in lop-sided games.
  • I will do my best to teach my player to become a student of the game and do likewise.
  • I will show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each and every match and encourage my child to congratulate opponents and match officials after every game.
  • I will do my very best to have my child on time and prepared for every match.
  • I understand that improper behavior at a match, practice or other Pipeline sponsored events may result in a parent being asked to leave the field or the event by a referee, coach or team manager.
  • I understand that, upon review of improper behavior by members of the board, a parent can, and will if necessary, be suspended from watching their child play should such behavior be considered rude or otherwise offensive.
  • I will leave the coaching to the coach and refrain from giving my child or any teammate any instructions during training or games.
  • I will endeavor to give timely notice (more than 24h) to my coach should my player be unable to attend a team event.
  • Should I have a soccer-related concern regarding my player, I agree to reflect for at least 24 hours before raising the issue with the coach.

Pipeline Soccer Club has a standing committee to address violations of our Code of Conduct. The Committee is comprised of members of the Board. If any member of our Club wishes to complain about conduct which they believe is contrary to our Codes of Conduct, they MUST:

  1. Address the issue with the person directly, either verbally or in writing, within one week of the incident or issue at hand.
  2. If there is no satisfactory resolution, then the complainant must, within one week and in written form, notify the Committee.

All matters which are directed to the Committee will be responded to within one week of the receipt of the complaint. Decisions and actions by the Committee to address the complaint are final.

Failure to comply with the Parent Code of Conduct could result in removal from the fields, sanctions, and/or police involvement. Any violation will require a meeting with a standing committee. Second violations will result in expulsion from the club.

College Recruiting

Pipeline helps guide parents and players through the university/college recruiting process. Our coaches & Directors of Coaching work with schools, guidance counselors, university admissions, and college coaches throughout the process.

Playing collegiate soccer, be it at any level, can be a rewarding experience. Student-athletes and their families may be considering using soccer to gain admission to elite universities, to perhaps find a scholarship opportunity, or simply may be looking for a school and coach that is a fit for their goals. Our staff works with families to find the right situation for the player and family.

We assist with understanding the recruiting process starting in 9th grade. We hold annual sessions reviewing the steps players and parents should be taking. Our staff are also always more than happy to speak with school guidance counselors specifically about a player. This is important because not all guidance staff will have a full picture of the student’s opportunities since they are focused on academics and perhaps their sport or activities at school alone.

Your son or daughter’s coach will be available to speak with college coaches at before, during, and after showcase events.

Pipeline alum from the years 2015-2017 have been recruited to attend top D1 programs, top academic institutions, the service academies, as well as local D2 & D3 programs.

FOR PLAYERS,  BY PLAYERS.

Address

9515 Deereco Rd., Suite #1000
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093, USA

Reach out to learn about all our teams, camps, & programs. We serve boys & girls, ages 4 to 19 years of age through Pipeline Soccer Club as well as our USSDA programs: Baltimore Armour & Washington Spirit.


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