Warwick Fire Fighters Soccer Club: Select/Competitive Program

WFFSC Select Program Overview

WFFSC Competitive/Select Program Overview


Mission Statement: To provide the opportunity for players to participate in a more intense, focused, and competitive soccer program that will better prepare them for an opportunity for success in the interscholastic venue or further advancement. They will do so conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the rules, regulations, and guidelines set forth by the WFFSC BOD.

The Select program, otherwise known as Competitive, Travel, or SuperLiga, at WFFSC is meant to form teams with players of comparable talent level and play against other teams at about that same level. In the Recreational Program, the teams are balanced with each team having some strong players team up with some not so strong players. This provides the developmental/instructional background that is the intent of the Rec Program. In Select, teams are based on the talent level of the individual players, such that the 'first' team is comprised of the top level players. This balance in talent on the Select team provides the team and coaches the opportunity to function more as a team unit with the ability to learn and teach team tactics, which are essential for future athletic endeavors by the players, be it in high school or elsewhere.
The Select Program is just that, a selection process, and this is always a cause of concern for players and parents. At WFFSC, we strive to provide as fair of an assessment of each player trying out for a Select team and base formation of teams on these assessments. Is it perfect? No, it is not. But the Board of Directors is committed to making improvements when needed. We are mandating that tryouts include independent assessors when possible. Within a soccer club, independence is very difficult to obtain since everyone typically knows everyone else. We try to get some of the boys coaches to assess the girl tryouts and vice-versa. When possible, we get outside assessors (typically coaches from other clubs) to help with the tryouts.

Players in Select should play in their own age group. In Rec, there may be more 'moving up' due to more significant talent differentials in the age group. However, in Select, there should not be any significant talent differentials, especially if the club has a 'first' team in that division, so the players should play in their age group, unless the Board is petitioned and approves the move.  

Coaches for Select teams undergo an application process whereby they petition the Board for a team. The Board selects the coaches that provide the best opportunity for the players. Select coaches must obtain the proper coaching licenses as prescribed by Soccer Rhode Island, the governing state soccer association to which WFFSC belongs.

Due to the different number of players on field between indoor and outdoor, the team formations are different for each. For example, there may be 3 teams indoor, but only two outdoor teams. See the document under Select Guidelines for Coaches concerning how teams are formed based on the number of available players. The tryouts in September are to form the indoor teams with the outdoor teams formed in January or February.

The Select program typically follows the following steps during the season. Division Coordinators petition the Board in June/July with Board. Select tryouts are executed by Division Coordinators from mid-Sept to mid-Oct and then the Division Coordinators working in conjunction with evaluators/coaches propose teams to Board for review. Indoor teams with coaches/venues are announced by mid to late October. Indoor season starts first of November with the first of two indoor sessions. The first sessions typically goes until mid-January with the second one running until end of March. There are numerous indoor tournaments that the teams typically enter.

In February the outdoor teams are finalized by the Division Coordinatores/coaches and approved by the Board with practicing starting as weather permits. The teams typically play in SuperLiga, a league sanctioned by Soccer Rhode Island. Teams play against other RI clubs and participate in the State Cup tournaments to decide RI State Champions and who will represent RI in the national tournaments. Many teams play in other tournaments during this season and into the summer.

The fees for Indoor Select are generally quite a bit higher than typical outdoor fees due to the additional cost of the indoor facilities.  Typical cost for both sessions of indoor is $200-$300 depending on the venue. A competitive uniform is required and this is in the range of $80. Indoor is not a money-maker for WFFSC with the club basically trying to charge fees that cover the costs of the various venues including team fees as well as player and coaches passes.


Friday, June 13
Competitive Program Timeline

June – Board appoints the Select Coordinator for the upcoming Competitive Program. This has been done and decision was to have a boys and girls coordinators. For the boys it is Jeff Lockhart and for the girls it is Bob Enright. The Select Coordinators are responsible for nominating individual Division Coordinators and for the overall success of the program.

July – Board reviews/approves nominations for Division Coordinators. First order of business for Division Coordinators is to form the Fall SuperLiga teams. These teams are similar to tournament teams where they are formed from those that want to play.

Sept/Oct – Fall SuperLiga teams play. All games are initially on Sunday and coaches may then change games as needed.

Sept/Oct – Competitive Program Tryouts. Two tryouts in each age division are coordinated and run by the Division Coordinators in order to gather information to provide a fair and equitable evaluation of each player. Teams will be formed based on the evaluations. Teams should be comprised of players with similar talent levels as to provide the best opportunity for the team to develop and be competitive. All players deserve the opportunity for fair, unbiased evaluations and team placements and not rely solely on individual coach relationships.

October – Indoor teams formed.

November through March – Indoor sessions. Teams may play at various venues such as Teamworks Warwick, Wide World North Kingstown, or Sherwood Seekonk MA.

January – Select Coordinators will work with Division Coordinators and coaches to form outdoor teams for SuperLiga.

April through June – Spring SuperLiga

May – New Hampshire Memorial Day Tournament. Typically there are 20+ teams from WFFSC in this tournament. It is a great time for everyone involved.

June – End of this year's Competitive Season. Start on next one.


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