FAQs

About Tryouts

Each player should bring a water bottle and a soccer ball with their name on it. All players should wear shin guards. Also, players should wear proper soccer attire. No metal cleats will be allowed and wearing jewelry is highly discouraged.

Only Breakers coaching staff are involved in evaluating the players during tryouts.

All the players are recommended to tryout for their own age group. In some cases, it makes sense for a player to tryout at an older age group.

A player cannot tryout at a younger age group.

The coaching staff will discuss with the family the recommendation for the child and with the family will make the proper decision in the best interest of the player.

Each family will be notified individually by a Breakers coaching staff (usually the head coach) within 48 hours of the last scheduled tryouts about your child’s placement in the Breakers club. You will have the opportunity to ask him or her questions about your child evaluation.

No, tryouts are free.

Because players in the Breakers club have been coming from different areas of Santa Cruz County and the central coast as well, Breakers tryouts are usually held at a central location in mid-county such as Cabrillo College. Tryouts are held rain or shine. However, it is your responsibility to check the Breakers website before you leave for any last minute change that could occur due to circumstances out of the control of the Breakers organization.

Teams & Training

We usually form 2 teams at the U9 (some of the players are U8), U10 and U11 age groups. From U12 and up, we usually have one team per age group and gender. Occasionally, we have two teams when the numbers and quality allow us to create them.

At the U9, U10 and U11 age groups, we can carry 13 players on game day while a team could register 18 players maximum. At the U12 and up, we usually register 18 players per team and 18 are allowed to dress on game day. However, US Club Soccer allows the clubs to register a pool of 26 players per team.

Usually, after tryouts, the teams are formed and training starts in early March. Spring league games start in early April and end in early June. Depending on the age and the level, teams take a summer break (from 2 weeks to 3 weeks). Summer is usually the tournament season and a team can attend up to 3 tournaments at the most until Labor Day weekend. Then, the Fall season starts and ends before Thanksgiving weekend.

Yes, but only up and not down. However, it needs to be coordinated with the Breakers coaching staff.

Absolutely not. Only the coach makes coaching decisions.

This is perhaps the most common and sensitive question. At the U12 and below, coaches try to balance the playing time within the roster as much as possible. At the U13 and up the same philosophy applies but it varies depending on the level and competitiveness of the team. However, it is important to focus on the quality of the playing instead of the quantity of the playing time.

The younger U9-U12 teams will train 2 times a week and once or twice a month during the Spring and Fall season, they will have one extra training at the Breakers Junior Academy with the directors of the club. The older teams train 3 times a week.

The Breakers soccer club also offers private individual training and small group training to complement the team training. It is a valuable option for the player who would like to take their game to the next level.

Yes, the club has a GK Director who trains all the GK’s in the club once a week. Just like the individual training sessions or small group sessions, families can complement the club training session with extra GK sessions with the Breakers GK Director.

Fees, Fundraising & Scholarships

Competitive soccer is more expensive than the recreational soccer opportunities offered by the local clubs during the fall season. With the Breakers Soccer Club players will receive more frequent and higher quality training and game contacts throughout the year with professional coaches. The families can chose a payment plan of their choice, such as a monthly payment plan. The total annual costs of the program are divided into equal monthly payments, March through-February . Families have the option to pay online as well. Please see Fees for current season fees. We are proud to say that the Breakers Soccer Club is one of the least expensive competitive and successful soccer clubs that uses professional coaches in Northern California.

No. Every two years, families of U10 players and above are required to purchase a complete uniform kit that includes home and away jersey, shorts, socks, backpack, warm ups and training T–shirts. All Breakers uniforms are NIKE and all the uniforms come with logos, lettering and numbers. The player’s kit cost roughly $ 300.00. We offer both women’s and men’s sizes.

Each individual is responsible for its travel costs to training, games and tournaments. The Breakers soccer club highly recommends that families arrange carpooling as much as possible. Travel expenses will vary from team to team based on the number of tournaments attended and the location of the tournament. A few of the older teams may go to an out of state tournament or college showcase. Younger Breakers usually travels within the Bay Area. Most of the Breakers teams go to a maximum of 4 tournaments a year including the Breakers Cup.

Absolutely not. All families should attend the first parent meeting to clarify any questions related to cost.

The Breakers soccer club puts an effort in several fundraising events throughout the year to offset club costs and offer more financial aid. Teams are strongly encouraged to have their own fundraising as well to offset other expenses associated with running the team successfully.

Yes, Breakers can give financial assistance to qualifying families who wish to play in the club. This help takes the form of club fees. Travel costs, uniform kits and team dues are the responsibility of each individual player.