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Challenge Program

Mission:  To provide a safe, enjoyable soccer experience with a primary focus on player development.

The Challenge Program is an Advanced Recreation Program, composed of players selected through a tryout process.  This is not a Travel Program and games are more local.  However, some matches are held in the Charlottesville area.

Teams are formed with two primary criteria:
1) balancing talent across all teams in an age group
2) basing the teams somewhat geographically within the Augusta County area.

Challenge participation requires a substantial commitment from both the player and family. The program also requires high standards of behavior by all participants.

  • Program Specifics
    • The Challenge program is intended for those players seeking a more competitive environment than Recreational soccer and increased player development opportunity. Players train with and play against like-minded and similarly talented players.
    • Participation is through a tryout selection only. Players are selected to a pool and placed on teams considering their residence location, school attended, and ability. No special requests are considered, no exceptions.
    • Teams are offered at U10 and U12; boys and girls divisions.
    • Teams are formed dependent on overall player pool ability, teams may not be formed in every geographic area if the number of selected players is not great enough.
    • League play of 10 games in both the fall and spring seasons. Matches are local but will require some travel to the Charlottesville/Albemarle area to complete the schedule.
    • Training twice per week. Some travel to practice sites within county should be expected.
    • Participation in one, outdoor, travel (out-of-town) tournament per soccer year is included. Typically the tournament takes place on the Memorial Day weekend, or another early-June weekend.
    • Players commit for a full year. Full participation in team events is expected. Coaches have discretion to manage team attendance for the benefit of all team members.
  • Challenge Behavior Guidelines
    • Fulfill your obligations to your team. Participate as fully as possible in all team functions.
    • Be responsible.
    • Be prepared for all training, matches, and tournaments.
    • Treat your coach and teammates with respect and dignity.
    • Treat your opponent, the opposing coaches, match officials and spectators with respect and dignity.
    • Do not interfere with coaching decisions. Discuss issues with coaches at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
    • Review and support the club’s Mission, Vision and Values:
      (https://www.socaspot.org/about_soca.php).
    • Abide by all team and club policies.
  • Tryouts
    • Participation in Challenge is through a tryout selection, only. There are three tryout opportunities during the course of the soccer year.
    • All age appropriate candidates are welcome at all tryouts. No player may play up into or out of the U10 or U12 age group. Only those players whose birthdates determine are U9, U10, U11 or U12 for the current soccer year are eligible for the program.

    For more information on tryouts please visit the tryouts page.

  • Annual Calendar
    • Fall practices begin towards the end of August. 2020: week of August 24.
    • Fall matches are scheduled to begin the first Saturday after Labor Day. 2020: Sept. 12
    • Fall matches conclude in early November. 2020: Nov. 14.
    • A rain-out make-up week is scheduled the week following the proposed last game. 2020: Nov. 21.
    • Spring practices begin in third week of February, 2021.
    • Spring matches are scheduled to begin in early March, 2021.
    • Spring matches conclude in late May, 2021.
    • A rain-out make-up week is scheduled for the next available week following the proposed last game.
  • Registration & Fees

    There are no refunds of Challenge registration fees after the registration deadline, a player’s registration is a commitment to participating in two seasons of play.

    As a convenience to our families, Augusta United SC offers two payments for the Challenge program. Players are selected for the full-year and register individually for the Fall and Spring seasons. Challenge participants are welcome to make both payments at the time of the Fall registration. Once registration has been completed for each season, all players are expected to reasonably participate in all Challenge program activities. There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Payments can be made on-line via personal soccer accounts, or at the Augusta United SC office if required.

    • Fall Fees: $209 –  $100 due July 13, 2020 $109 due August, 15, 2020
    • Spring Fees: $159 Registration Deadline: January 29, 2021
    • Spring-only fee: $209, only for players selected at the Mid-Year Infill Tryout participating in the spring season only.

    Fees include: registration costs, Adidas uniform, coach background checks (VYSA mandated), coach education, Augusta United SC staff management, tournament entrance fees, league fees, club overhead expenses, equipment, field maintenance, referee fees, VYSA state association fees and other operational costs.

  • FAQ's

    UNIFORMS

    Uniform costs are included in your fees.  Your coach and/or team manager will distribute complete uniform sets, provided by Augusta United SC, prior to the start of the fall season.  Uniforms include Adidas jersey, shorts and socks.  Players added at the late or infill tryouts will pick-up their uniform from the Augusta United SC office.

    CHANGING TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

    Teams are built to maintain the developmental goals of the program.  Once teams are formed, players cannot be administratively moved to different teams.  If a player’s team assignment will prevent them from being able to participate in the program, they should not register for their team and are encouraged to come to the next tryout for the program so they can be offered another appropriate placement within the program.  No Special Requests for Team Placement are Considered.

  • Program Specifics
  • Challenge Behavior Guidelines
  • Tryouts
  • Annual Calendar
  • Registration & Fees
  • FAQ's

Program Specifics

  • The Challenge program is intended for those players seeking a more competitive environment than Recreational soccer and increased player development opportunity. Players train with and play against like-minded and similarly talented players.
  • Participation is through a tryout selection only. Players are selected to a pool and placed on teams considering their residence location, school attended, and ability. No special requests are considered, no exceptions.
  • Teams are offered at U10 and U12; boys and girls divisions.
  • Teams are formed dependent on overall player pool ability, teams may not be formed in every geographic area if the number of selected players is not great enough.
  • League play of 10 games in both the fall and spring seasons. Matches are local but will require some travel to the Charlottesville/Albemarle area to complete the schedule.
  • Training twice per week. Some travel to practice sites within county should be expected.
  • Participation in one, outdoor, travel (out-of-town) tournament per soccer year is included. Typically the tournament takes place on the Memorial Day weekend, or another early-June weekend.
  • Players commit for a full year. Full participation in team events is expected. Coaches have discretion to manage team attendance for the benefit of all team members.

Challenge Behavior Guidelines

  • Fulfill your obligations to your team. Participate as fully as possible in all team functions.
  • Be responsible.
  • Be prepared for all training, matches, and tournaments.
  • Treat your coach and teammates with respect and dignity.
  • Treat your opponent, the opposing coaches, match officials and spectators with respect and dignity.
  • Do not interfere with coaching decisions. Discuss issues with coaches at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
  • Review and support the club’s Mission, Vision and Values:
    (https://www.socaspot.org/about_soca.php).
  • Abide by all team and club policies.

Tryouts

  • Participation in Challenge is through a tryout selection, only. There are three tryout opportunities during the course of the soccer year.
  • All age appropriate candidates are welcome at all tryouts. No player may play up into or out of the U10 or U12 age group. Only those players whose birthdates determine are U9, U10, U11 or U12 for the current soccer year are eligible for the program.

For more information on tryouts please visit the tryouts page.

Annual Calendar

  • Fall practices begin towards the end of August. 2020: week of August 24.
  • Fall matches are scheduled to begin the first Saturday after Labor Day. 2020: Sept. 12
  • Fall matches conclude in early November. 2020: Nov. 14.
  • A rain-out make-up week is scheduled the week following the proposed last game. 2020: Nov. 21.
  • Spring practices begin in third week of February, 2021.
  • Spring matches are scheduled to begin in early March, 2021.
  • Spring matches conclude in late May, 2021.
  • A rain-out make-up week is scheduled for the next available week following the proposed last game.

Registration & Fees

There are no refunds of Challenge registration fees after the registration deadline, a player’s registration is a commitment to participating in two seasons of play.

As a convenience to our families, Augusta United SC offers two payments for the Challenge program. Players are selected for the full-year and register individually for the Fall and Spring seasons. Challenge participants are welcome to make both payments at the time of the Fall registration. Once registration has been completed for each season, all players are expected to reasonably participate in all Challenge program activities. There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Payments can be made on-line via personal soccer accounts, or at the Augusta United SC office if required.

  • Fall Fees: $209 –  $100 due July 13, 2020 $109 due August, 15, 2020
  • Spring Fees: $159 Registration Deadline: January 29, 2021
  • Spring-only fee: $209, only for players selected at the Mid-Year Infill Tryout participating in the spring season only.

Fees include: registration costs, Adidas uniform, coach background checks (VYSA mandated), coach education, Augusta United SC staff management, tournament entrance fees, league fees, club overhead expenses, equipment, field maintenance, referee fees, VYSA state association fees and other operational costs.

FAQ's

UNIFORMS

Uniform costs are included in your fees.  Your coach and/or team manager will distribute complete uniform sets, provided by Augusta United SC, prior to the start of the fall season.  Uniforms include Adidas jersey, shorts and socks.  Players added at the late or infill tryouts will pick-up their uniform from the Augusta United SC office.

CHANGING TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

Teams are built to maintain the developmental goals of the program.  Once teams are formed, players cannot be administratively moved to different teams.  If a player’s team assignment will prevent them from being able to participate in the program, they should not register for their team and are encouraged to come to the next tryout for the program so they can be offered another appropriate placement within the program.  No Special Requests for Team Placement are Considered.