club soccer teams
What is Club soccer?
2017/2018 TEAMS & Contacts
Learn the difference between our club teams, our US Soccer Development Academy, the Pipeline Development Academy, recreational & travel soccer.
Teams are listed by birth year.
2010 Black / Gina Maiorana / email@example.com
2010 Red / Pete Sarioglou / firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Black / Doug Pryor/Will Redfern / email@example.com
2009 Red / Jenna Quaranta / firstname.lastname@example.org
2008 Black / Tony Butta / email@example.com
2008 Red / Kara Stephens / firstname.lastname@example.org
2008 Red / Courtney Kobal / email@example.com
2007 Black / Tom Ruzzi / firstname.lastname@example.org
2007 Red / Brad Sanders / email@example.com
2006 Pre-Academy / Geoff Bowman / firstname.lastname@example.org
2006 Black / Becca Bazemore / email@example.com
2006 Red / Pam Veranis / firstname.lastname@example.org
2005 Pre-Academy / Tommy Quaranta / email@example.com
2005 Black / Phil Greatwich / firstname.lastname@example.org
2004 Pre-Academy / Tommy Quaranta / email@example.com
2004 Black / Aaron Velky / firstname.lastname@example.org
2004 Red / Aaron Velky / email@example.com
2003 Pre-Academy / Jason Muffaleto / firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 Black / Reza Kaliush / email@example.com
2002 Pre-Academy / Ryan Desmit / firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 Black / Geoff Bowman / email@example.com
2002 Red / Reza Kaliush / firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 Pre-Academy / Aaron Velky / email@example.com
2000 Pre-Academy / Doug Pryor / firstname.lastname@example.org
2000 & 1999 Black / Becca Bazemore / email@example.com
2010 Black / Ken Wirtz / firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 Red / JD Gerhart / email@example.com
2009 Black Javier Bermudez & Santino Quaranta / firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Red / Jorge Ventura / email@example.com
2009 Gold / Blake Lyle / firstname.lastname@example.org
2008 Black / Tom Ruzzi / email@example.com
2008 Red / Daniel Grosscup / firstname.lastname@example.org
2008 Gold / Brad Sanders / email@example.com
2007 Black / Zack Flores / firstname.lastname@example.org
2007 Red / Will Prochazka / email@example.com
2006 Pre-Academy / Pete Sariglou / firstname.lastname@example.org
2006 Black / Yiani Sarioglou / Ysarioglou10@gmail.com
2006 Red / Mike Black / email@example.com
2006 Gold / Jon Grant / firstname.lastname@example.org
2005 Pre-Academy / Phil Greatwich / email@example.com
2005 Black / Mike Black / firstname.lastname@example.org
2005 Red / Tom Durkin / email@example.com
2004 Pre-Academy / Zack Flores / firstname.lastname@example.org
2004 Black / Kaoru Forbess / email@example.com
2004 Red / Tommy Quaranta III / firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 Pre-Academy / Tommy Quaranta III / Quarantat9@aol.com
2003 Black / Kyle & Ken Fowler / email@example.com
2003 Red / Ian Briggs / Soccercoachian@gmail.com
2002 Pre-Academy / Joe Orourke / firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 Black / Tom Durkin / email@example.com
2002 Red / Will Prochazka / firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 Gold / Will Redfern / email@example.com
2001 Pre-Academy / Phil Greatwich / firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 Black / Geoff Foltyn / email@example.com
2001 Red / Dom Marshall / firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 Gold / Tommy Quaranta III / email@example.com
2001 White / Umberto Distefano / firstname.lastname@example.org
2000 Pre-Academy / Matteo Vertucci / email@example.com
2000 Black / Rich Zinkand / firstname.lastname@example.org
2000 Red / Ian Briggs / Soccercoachian@gmail.com
There are two 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 here 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 at right under Team Profiles & Contacts. We have up to four 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.
What is Club Soccer?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEVELS OF 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.
US Soccer Development Academy (Baltimore Armour):
This is the top tier of youth soccer for boys ages 11-18 years of age. This program is run in conjunction with US Soccer. Baltimore Armour is the only such program in the Baltimore area and one of only two in the state. This gives you an idea of the level of play. Players seeking to join Baltimore Armour 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 last year (2015-2016) ranged from $88 a month to $184 a month. These fees included 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 $19 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.
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.