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Signature Soccer 2021

Signature Logo“Each year many recreational-based soccer families are faced with a dilemma: continue playing recreational soccer or make the big “jump” to club soccer. For years, there has been an expressed desire for an opportunity for youths to play soccer at a level between recreational play and the highly-committed club experience. Hence, the creation of the Signature League game circuit in 2002.”

Cal South created the Signature program for recreational leagues wishing to create a more competitive soccer experience and player development opportunity to augment their current recreational programs. Signature is a natural progression, or transition, for players wishing to play at a higher level, while retaining many of the benefits of a recreational schedule at a lower cost.

Signature leagues are “localized” playing circuits formed by eligible recreational leagues coming together. Individual leagues create teams via a player selection process after attending 1-2 tryouts for the team. Each league is responsible for publishing their individual rules and guidelines, relative to coach and player selection. Recreational leagues must register these players with Cal South under the Signature League division. A Signature League Director, responsible for coordinating all aspects of the playing circuit, coordinates each Signature League playing circuit. Promotion of player development is of paramount importance. 

There are a number of rules that are unique to Signature League, such as a 50% play rule for all players, a limit on the season’s financial responsibility (not to exceed $500.00 per player for the Fall), and a limitation on distance of travel (not to exceed a 50 mile radius).

COSTS:

Specific LNYSA Signature fees will be assessed in addition to the standard LNYSA player fee paid at registration. These additional costs are set not to exceed $500.00 in total for the Fall Season, as set forth by CalSouth in coordination with Coast Soccer League

Here are the separate fees you can expect as your team prepares for the season:

  • LNYSA Player Registration 
  • Signature Uniform 
  • Referee Fees during the 10-12 week Season

LNYSA Player Registration – typically due after selection/tryouts. After your child has been selected for a team, training will start in July. Signature Player registration costs more than recreational player costs as this covers the cost to register a team in the Signature League, extended training time, field usage, field lights, and pays for several sessions with Laguna United Club coaches and  keeper training.

Signature Uniforms – All Signature players need to place uniform orders in June/July.
New players need to order/buy a full Signature kit.
Returning players may be able to save on uniform costs depending on what items they need to update.
New uniform kit costs range from $100-$160.

Referee Fees – typically due in September, cost ranges from $20-$50 per player. This fee can vary depending on the number of games, how many players on the team, and which division you are participating in.

Extra Costs – Some teams pursue training or events to enhance the experience and development of their Signature players. These additional costs are at the discretion of the parents and coaches. These costs might include spirit wear, outer garments, training equipment, tournaments, and/or additional professional training. 

SEASON DURATION:

Tryouts are scheduled in Late March/April. Team Selection is completed in April/May. Practices begin in mid-July. The season duration is similar to the LNYSA recreational program. Teams begin matches at the beginning of September and finish their season with a tournament that concludes in mid-December. The Spring session is not mandatory for Signature players, but strongly encouraged.


AGE BRACKETS:

Unlike the recreational playing circuit, Signature teams are formed in one-year age group increments. For example: B2013/G2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007, are each separate divisions Girls/Boys. No player is permitted to “play down,” and any player requesting to “play up” must first pursue the approval of the league. 


FIELD OF PLAY CONSIDERATIONS:

  • 2013-2012 plays 7v7 with a maximum roster size of 12; play with ball size 4
  • 2011-2010 plays 9v9 with a maximum roster size of 16; play with ball size 4
  • 2009-2007 plays 11v11 with a maximum roster size of 18; play with ball size 5
  • Free substitution with the stipulation that each player must play 50% of every match


PLAYER SELECTION:

Players are selected via a thorough tryout process. The process involves at least 2 tryout sessions that are open to any player. These sessions start in late March/April and typically are concluded by mid-May when the teams are formed. Coaches and/or league-designated officials attend these tryouts to evaluate the players. Final selection of a roster requires LNYSA Coach Administration approval. The selection process includes evaluating the following attributes of a player:

  • Technique/ball handling skills
  • Level of maturity and aptitude for playing in a team environment
  • General attitude and sportsmanship


COACH SELECTION:

Anyone interested in coaching a Signature team must meet certain criteria:

  • An application must be submitted to the LNYSA for consideration.
  • LNYSA requires a minimum of the 9v9 & 11v11 USSoccer Grassroots Coach License in order to coach in the Signature playing circuit. The Grassroots commitment  involves 2 mid-week evenings for 2 hrs and a Saturday 1/2 day on-field Session conducted by a trained CalSouth Instructor.   The Coaching License Pathway consists of a series of courses designed to meet the specific needs of a coach at every step of the way. U.S. Soccer believes education is a journey, and our goal is to provide the necessary tools, guidance, and mentorship a coach requires along their way.
  • Life scan/Kid safe approved
  • SafeSport Approved (learn more...)
  • Concussion  & Cardiac Arrest Training

Final selection of coaches is done via a committee comprised of Coach Administration and designated league officials. Attributes that are reviewed for final selection are:

  • General soccer knowledge
  • Recommendations and/or references from within the community
  • Aptitude for teaching and working with youths

Current coaches within the program are required to meet certain standards in order to be approved to coach another term in the fall. Signature teams are considered to be player-centric and not coach-centric. The ultimate goal is to offer a positive experience for the youth that focuses on constructive player development.


Click here for Signature Tryouts Registration 
(Register Above to Tryout on Sunday March 20th &  27th , 2022) 

For additional information please contact the LNYSA Signature Director

Contact

Laguna Niguel Youth Soccer Association

30025 Alicia Parkway, #188
Laguna Niguel, California 92677

Phone: 877-385-6972
Email: [email protected]

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