For entry-level players seeking a less competitive option, CAC provides a platform for their first steps onto the soccer field. This initial pathway begins with our Recreational Program (ages U5 - U12). These early entry points allow all children to discover a love and passion for ‘the beautiful game’ while developing cognitive, motor, and social skills regardless of physical ability or skill level. Players benefit from the opportunity for social interaction with other players their own age and physical fitness aspects of the game while also developing better soccer skills.
There is no selection/tryout process. Skill evaluations may be held to form teams in a fair and balanced method. All players who register are assigned to a team as long as space is available on team rosters. There is usually a one time registration fee.
All games are usually held at the same, local location every weekend for 6-8 weeks. Typically, coaches are parent volunteers.
In addition to our Rec Program, we will offer younger players who are looking for a more competitive environment the opportunity to participate in our CAC Academy Program (ages U6 - U10). Headed by our Academy Director and USSF licensed soccer coaches, the Academy provides a more competitive and structured environment that prepares our young players for higher levels of competition when they are older.
Tryouts are held to identify players on the basis of talent and ability. Players selected for CAC teams are committing to their team for one seasonal year (August 1 - May 31 of the following year). Additionally, players selected for CAC are also financially committing to their team for one seasonal year. Teams play a district-wide schedule which requires travel and commitment.
The seasonal year begins with games in the Pima County Junior Soccer League (PCJSL) with games in Tucson. Teams will also compete in several tournaments held throughout the season.
All coaches are licensed, not volunteers.
How do I know what's right for my child and my family?
Before committing to a competitive soccer team, you should evaluate several things about your child and your lifestyle:
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the financial commitment of the club fees and travel expenses for a seasonal year?
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to two practices per week during the season? CAC competitive teams typically practice from the beginning of August through mid-December, and mid-January to the end of May.
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to games on the weekend, out of town games which could require extensive travel?
-Am I, the parent, willing to allow my child to play some games on Sunday or even during a weeknight in the event of a reschedule?
-Am I, the parent, willing to make the commitment of getting my child to play-off games if their team advances requiring additional travel expenses?
-Does my child have time in their schedule? Can he/she balance school, homework, school sports, and/or other extra curricular activities to commit to a competitive team?
-Does my child want to play soccer competitively for a year rather than only 6-8 weeks as in a recreational program?