Players born in 2012-2006:  MAY 13-16 at LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
Players born in 2005-2001:  MAY 28-31 at POLY/WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL

*2012-2006 teams based at The John Carroll School hold their tryouts as follows:
Boys/Girls (May 19th 2pm-4pm & May 21st 5:30pm-7pm)



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 is posted in March of each year.

2 – Supplemental Tryouts: Outside of Annual Tryouts, you can contact us to inquire about space on a team using our CONTACT FORM. In your message, please tell us if this is a supplemental tryout for a girl or boy, plus your child’s date of birth. This will help us contact the correct coaches. 


Annual Tryouts are held in May. 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 much less. 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 (2019-2020) are as follows:

$1800 2013/2012 (U7/U8)
$2200 2011/2010 (U9/U10)
$2400 2009/2008 (U11/U12)
$2600 2007-2002 (U13 to U18)
$2800 National League Teams 2007-2002 (U13 to U18)
These fees include everything but the uniform. Uniforms are bought every 2-3 years only. The difference in cost between age groups is due to cost differences among leagues, tournaments, referee fees, and field use needs (11 v 11 teams use much more space than 7v7 teams). 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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 much less. 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 (2019-2020) are as follows:

$1800 2013/2012 (U7/U8)
$2200 2011/2010 (U9/U10)
$2400 2009/2008 (U11/U12)
$2600 2007-2002 (U13 to U18)
$2800 National League Teams 2007-2002 (U13 to U18)
These fees include everything but the uniform. Uniforms are bought every 2-3 years only. The difference in cost between age groups is due to cost differences among leagues, tournaments, referee fees, and field use needs (11 v 11 teams use much more space than 7v7 teams). 

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

College Recruiting

Download & Read this Pipeline Resource which Pipeline developed in conjunction with College Coaches, Pipeline Coaches as well as former players & families who went through the process. 


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 have been recruited to attend top D1 programs, top academic institutions, the service academies, as well as local D2 & D3 programs.


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. The Club 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.

Player Code of Conduct

It is expected that the players for the Pipeline Soccer Club will conduct themselves like young professionals both on and off the playing field.

The Board of Directors and Coaching staff will not tolerate any unsportsmanlike or derogatory conduct or behavior during training, practice sessions, games, tournaments or any other Club function or event.

As a player for Pipeline Soccer Club, I hereby promise to uphold the following Player’s Code of Conduct:

  • I promise to maintain a positive attitude during all Pipeline events, practices and games.
  • I promise to be punctual and ready at the time that I am required to be present for all practices, training sessions, games and events.
  • I promise to contact the coach/trainer 24 hours in advance of any training/practice absence and 48 hours in advance for any game day absence (exceptions will be made for emergency situations).
  • Permission to be absent from training for reasons other than illness or appointment, family emergency, legal obligation or religious observance must be obtained from the coach prior to the absence.
  • I promise to be a team player and encourage my fellow teammates at all times.
  • I promise to follow the directions of my coaches and trainers.
  • I promise to respect my teammates, coaches and trainers. I will accept the authority of my coach when disciplined.
  • I promise to respect and not criticize opposing players, coaches or teams.
  • I promise to respect and not criticize or raise my voice to officials.
  • I promise that I will not use foul or degrading language while playing for the club.
  • I promise that I will not engage in any fighting or flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct during any practice, training session, game or event.
  • I will respect all equipment and playing facilities and I will not hang on goals and nets.
  • I will clean up after myself, my team, and others at our home facilities/fields
  • I will accept victory AND defeat with Dignity.
  • I understand that playing time is not guaranteed and I recognize that certain games are more competitive that others and that some players will earn more playing time based on effort, ability and attitude at practices and games.

Club players shall be subject to the following PENALTIES for not adhering to the above code of conduct:

  • Disrespect to the coach/trainer or displaying disruptive behavior during training or practice sessions = sit out the remainder of practice and depending on severity, will sit out the next scheduled game.
  • Striking a teammate during training and/or practice sessions = sit out the next scheduled game.
  • Disrespect towards the referee or assistant referees = substituted immediately, playing time reduced.
  • Disrespect towards the referee or assistant referees / getting a yellow card = sit out the remainder of the game.
  • Disrespect towards the referee or assistant referees / getting a red card = automatic suspension by the League for the rest of the current game, plus 1 game.
  • Disrespect to Home or Opposing coaching staff = immediate substitution / playing time reduced.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the field = Up to one game suspension, depending on the severity of the infraction for the first offense.
  • Inappropriate of unprofessional “Off the field” activities: The Board of Directors in consultation with the guardian and Coach will decide on the action to be taken depending on the seriousness of the incident.
  • Deviation from aforementioned penalties may occur if coach deems appropriate and he/she gets approval from the responsible Director of Coaching (Girls, Boys).


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.