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CUSA Crew SC FAQs
What is the Major League Soccer’s Youth Development System?
Major League Soccer charted new territory among major professional sports leagues in the United States in 2006 by launching a league-mandated youth development initiative that enables - and incentivizes - teams to bring up, outside of the annual MLS Super Draft, top young players that they and their affiliates have developed. These youth teams and systems throughout the country provide talented young players with professional aspirations a unique opportunity to pursue their dreams, while staying close to home and continuing their education. In Ohio, the Columbus Crew’s Youth Development System is implemented by the Crew SC organization and its affiliated competitive youth soccer clubs.
Why did CUSA and the Crew SC form an affiliation?
The CUSA Executive Board assessed and determined that establishing this affiliation is in the best interest of improving player development in Centerville and the greater Dayton area. To ensure we maximized potential benefits to our club, the contract for the affiliation was thoroughly reviewed and approved by representatives of the Centerville Recreation Program, Courage, Mead Cup and the CUSA Executive Board. No youth soccer organization has maintained a longer uninterrupted relationship with the Columbus Crew than CUSA has, a relationship dating back more than 10 years. The affiliation agreement marks yet another milestone between the two parties, the first time an affiliation has been forged to include both recreational and competitive programs along with a major Tournament.
What does the CUSA affiliation with the Crew SC mean?
"CUSA Crew SC,” as an official Crew SC affiliate in the greater Dayton area, is a comprehensive relationship providing outstanding instruction, exposure, opportunity, and experience. Our players have membership in one of the most innovative and comprehensive player development systems in the country.
Our players will have opportunities to connect with Columbus Crew players and coaches. Every player will be exposed to a consistent philosophy and age appropriate curriculum, and the affiliation provides a direct pipeline to the highest levels of professional soccer that each of our players can aspire to if they so choose.
Every coach will have access to continuing education at annual workshops and seminars, all toward providing significant value to our players, teams, club, and families.
When are Tryouts?
Please go to the tryouts page for up-to-date Tryout Schedule.
When will CUSA Crew SC hold its annual pre-season camp?
Please go to the summer training page for the up-to-date pre-season camp schedule.
I heard CUSA Crew SC is expensive, what are the annual fees for my child?
Our annual fees are similar to, or slightly less than, those found in other local competitive soccer clubs. Please see our Fee Structure and Financial Policies page for complete details concerning the “one club fee” structure and more financial-related Frequently Asked Questions.
Do you provide financial assistance to families that can’t afford your fees?
Yes, financial scholarships and other programs are available to families on a case-by-case basis to help a limited number of families in need. To learn more, please see a summary of the financial assistance policy on the Fee Structure and Financial Policies.
Will my club fees be sent to The Crew?
No, your Club fees will continue going to CUSA here in Centerville, Ohio to support the expenses associated with running a high-quality competitive youth soccer program in the local community.
Can you guarantee CUSA Crew SC will remain in Centerville and continue to serve local players?
CUSA has a long and proud history in Centerville, Ohio. By virtue of the geographic base of the Club, with its outstanding facilities provided in partnership with the Centerville-Washington Township Park District, CUSA Crew SC will continue to base out of Centerville and primarily serve local Centerville players. And it is anticipated that the majority of players will be residents of the city of Centerville. However, CUSA Crew SC is an inclusive community organization and welcomes with open arms players from the greater Dayton area and beyond that wish to maximize their development by joining the Club.
Will the CUSA Crew SC continue with the Youth Development Program (YDP)?
The Club will be expanding and improving what was previously known as YDP. The new program will now be known as the "CUSA Crew SC Youth Academy.” The CUSA Crew SC Youth Academy is a small-sided soccer developmental program for players in the U6, U7, and U8 age groups. At these ages, it is extremely important for players to master the skills that will provide the foundation for future development. Winning is not the focus of the program and while games will be played, no standings will be kept. The program will be open to all interested players in these age groups with no try-outs. Registration for this will start in June.
Will the CUSA Crew SC Youth Academy players participate in league play? Can my child “play up” in the U8 age group to participate in competitive leagues?
No, Youth Academy teams will not participate in league play. The Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OSYSA) forbids carding U7 and below players. Youth Academy players cannot “play up” on U9 age group teams for the same reason. The Youth Academy players will compete against each other and in friendly matches with other clubs that have Youth Academy teams. However, when the Director of Coaching determines that a Youth Academy player is truly dominant in the U8 age group, for example, that player may be allowed to train with U9 age group teams to fully maximize their development.
Will the Club have high school teams?
Yes, the Club has a high school program with boys and girls teams from U15 to U19 age groups. Formation of teams will be based upon the number of players at the right competitive levels at each of the age groups.
What is the rule on 5 High School Players playing on the same select team?
The Ohio High School Athletic Association does not permit more than 5 members of one high school program to play together in that same sport outside of high school competition. The rule specifically applies to high school programs and not individual teams (varsity, JV, freshman). The purpose of this, in the opinion of the OHSAA, is to prevent school districts from creating year-round teams.
This is subdivided by age group. No more than 5 Centerville High School soccer players, for example, can play on the same U15 team. However, you can have 5 CHS players on the CUSA Crew SC U15 Gold team and 5 more CHS players on the CUSA Crew SC U15 black team.
It is possible for 15 Centerville residents to play on the same team, provided no more than 5 come from one high school. Consider you could have 5 CHS players, 5 Alter players and 5 players from Dayton Christian on the same team since this rule is attached to high schools and not communities.
Do trapped players count towards the allotted 5?
No, they do not. But, this is only for U15. Once that player gets into High School they count towards the 5 at U16 and above.
If a player does NOT play on the High School team does it still count as one of the 5?
No, it does not. The rule applies to those who play on High School soccer teams.
Will CUSA Crew SC teams have a heavy travel schedule?
While most games are in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati area, CUSA Crew SC teams will travel to some away games and tournaments, competing against top-ranked national and regional opponents. We believe traveling and seeking out top competition is an important component of development that will help:
Build player self-confidence
Improve individual and team level of play
Encourage individual and team character
Strengthen CUSA Crew SC player family community
Expose players to different styles of play and players
Is CUSA Crew SC a club that believes in the philosophy that “winning is everything”?
While it is our desire to win every game we play, CUSA Crew SC, with support from our Club parents, believe that as a club we are to foster, embrace and encourage an environment where personal character, sportsmanship, humility, personal responsibility, discipline, and integrity is prioritized above winning.
My child may miss a game, a practice, or cannot play on certain days of the week due to sports, religious activities, or school activities, etc...how will this be handled from both a coach and DOC perspective?
CUSA Crew SC understands that from time to time there may be conflicts with practice and game schedules for numerous reasons. As an organization, we are flexible and will try and accommodate families as best we can. Please email a Director and it will be handled on a case by case basis.
Is my child really ready to be a CUSA Crew SC player?
You are welcome to discuss your child’s readiness with our Director of Coaching. To better assess if the CUSA Crew SC program is a good fit for your son or daughter, consider bringing him or her to a spring training session (contact our Director of Coaching to arrange) or to tryouts (see Tryout Schedule).
Who can I talk with to better understand the pros and cons of the affiliation?
Please feel free to contact Wichert De Wit
How can I become more involved with the club?
To become more involved with CUSA Crew SC, please contact Steve Thomas, CUSA CREW SC Executive Director of Operations.