Want to know more about WGSC? Interested in joining the club? Here you will find an introduction which includes a brief history of the club; an elaboration on the club developmental philosophy; an timeline of the yearly team activities; information on training and game locations; and much more.....
Dear Prospective WGSC Player and Parents:
We’re in the midst of Webster Groves Soccer Club’s seventh season and everyone involved is extremely pleased with the progress and success the club has enjoyed since its inception in 2005. We have assembled outstanding teams and, as a club, have proven ourselves to be more than competitive with all local clubs including the likes of St. Louis Scott-Gallagher, Lou Fusz, Panathinaikos, Ajax, Tony Glavin, Sporting Stl Rangers, and Mid-Rivers teams, among others. We’ve collected nine SLYSA league titles already in our brief existence! After four years of expansion, we finally reached our goal of six teams (U8-U13) in the 2008-2009 season. With each year, we “graduate” our U13 group and bring in a new U8 team.
The new U8 team for the 2013-2014 season will be composed of boys born August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006. We are not holding open tryouts; instead, we are assembling players to try out based upon the recommendation of coaches, primarily CYC coaches. We would like to release as few players as possible, which is why we want players that have been recommended and who have the athleticism and enthusiasm to grow as players. We will have weekly “kickarounds” in the spring and to choose a team from the recommended players. The team will begin training and playing games in late fall (early November). In addition, we will also hold tryouts for the already-organized teams in late spring. The U8, U9, U10, and U11 team rosters will consist of 12-14 players while the U12 and U13 teams will have rosters of 15-17.
The club is primarily for players living within the Webster Groves School District boundaries. My goal is to create teams that represent a cross-section of the community, so we will have a mix of players from both the Webster schools and the area private schools. The advantages provided through Webster Groves Soccer Club are numerous. Your child will be playing with and will eventually be friends with kids from their own community. Activities such as practices, meetings, and games (indoor at the Soccerdome) will be local whenever possible. The cost is reasonable relative to the fees charged by other clubs in St. Louis. And most importantly, the coaching provided will teach the kids about all of the various important aspects of soccer from the technical and tactical to the psychological and physical. Our coaching staff is second to none. Player development is our goal and our coaches provide that by giving maximum playing opportunities in training and presenting their insights into the game at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way. Everything we do is accomplished within a competitive yet fun atmosphere. Our kids love coming to every team activity! Additionally, the players are taught discipline, responsibility, respect, sportsmanship, honesty, etc. All of us who competed in sports as young people will realize that this is the real value of youth sports--development of sport-specific skills and the aforementioned personal attributes through the enjoyment provided by competitive sports. In short, that’s the philosophy of the club.
As director of the club, my coaching and playing experience will help ensure that your child will have an outstanding experience as a member of Webster Groves Soccer Club. I am a USSF-licensed coach and an NSCAA-licensed goalkeeper coach with coaching experiences at the collegiate, high school, youth and club level. I am currently the head coach for the boys’ varsity team at Webster Groves High School after having served for three years as the goalkeeper coach at St. Louis University. I have also served as the goalkeeper coach for St. Louis Soccer Club. In addition, I am the co-founder of Webster Groves Soccer Club Summer Camps and I have also coach locally through the parish soccer program at Annunciation. My playing experience includes a high school career at DuBourg High School where I gathered All-Metro and All-State honors (DuBourg Hall of Fame inductee); eight years as a member of Busch Soccer Club teams; membership on the Region II Olympic Development team; and a college career that concluded at St. Louis University.
I think you’ll find our schedule for the year to be reasonable for both child and parent. Following the spring/summer tryout sessions, we will then break to allow the kids participate in the regular CYC league in the fall. It’s my personal opinion that that the kids should continue to play with the CYC teams which so many of the kids are a part of; for select players, it’s an opportunity to have a leadership role in the team and build confidence while still playing with their friends who may or may not be great soccer players. Secondly, with the conflicts that inevitably result from playing both CYC and select soccer, it creates an unnecessary burden on kids and families to be at two places at one time. I don’t think the development of any of my club players has been stunted by a lack of participation in fall select soccer. In fact, in the long run, I think it helps maintain their freshness and enthusiasm for the game which is critical in their development. Upon the conclusion of the CYC league, we will begin our season with a November-January indoor or futsal session. From March-May we will then play in a spring SLYSA (St. Louis Youth Soccer Association) outdoor league. We will also participate in an indoor and/or outdoor tournament. In addition to the game schedule, practices throughout the year (November-May) will be held twice weekly. We have recently made tremendous upgrades in our facilities; we now practice weekly on the turf at SLUH (a short 12 minute drive from Webster Groves) and in gym space in the Webster Groves area. Our kids are able to train consistently during the winter months when other teams and clubs often have to shut down.
The total cost and an itemized listing of the cost (approximate) appears below. Considering the program, equipment, and the quality of coaching provided (not to mention the convenience!), I think you’ll find it very reasonable.
TOTAL PARTICIPATION FEE: $750 (all-inclusive) (siblings may participate for half-price--$375)...............
League/Tournament Fees: $260......Winter indoor/futsal: $75; Spring Outdoor: $120; two tournaments: $65
Uniforms and Equipment: $200........Jerseys: $50 (2-light and dark); Shorts: $40; Socks: $15; Warmup: $70; Misc. (Year-to-year equipment needs: Pugg goals, full-sized portable goals, cones, practice vests, field/gym rental, balls, ball bags, etc): $75 (*Uniform and warmups purchases are made every other year to reduce annual expenditures from the $250 total to $200.
Gym/Field Rentals: $120.......Fees for WGSD gym rentals as well as for turf field training time (SLUH currently).
Coaching/Coaching Education/Administrative Fees: $170
*Costs are for the current 2012-2013 season costs and could be subject to future increases.
Tim Cashel--Director, Webster Groves Soccer Club