Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the main questions that we have been hearing from our new and prospective families & players. 
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If you do not see your question below, or have additional questions, please “Send us a message

Questions About the Club

California Athletic Soccer Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to teaching soccer to young players in California.  CASC, formerly Crescenta Valley SC and GPS Los Angeles, made the decision to transition to a fresh new identity to reflect the new injection of energy and direction for the club.

California Athletic Soccer Club” is dedicated to providing the highest quality pathway for development in Youth Soccer.  We will establish an identity of excellence, by creating an environment that is player-centric, promotes respect, trust, accountability, and teamwork.”

The CASC club season runs from  March 1 through the end of February the following year. The season for high school age teams begins May 1, after the completion of the high school soccer season.

IMPORTANT NOTE: According to CIF high school regulations,  high school players cannot play on other soccer teams, such as club, during the same time as the high school season. 

The main club season, the Fall Season, usually runs from September through late November. 

Individual teams can also decide take part in spring, summer, or winter seasons and tournaments.

Our club director is Chad Borak. Our Management Team and all contact details will be posted soon.

We try to keep our fees affordable  for any player interested in our club, and can offer scholarships if necessary.   Each team’s fees may be slightly different due to number of tournaments, additional referee fees,  and potential  training opportunities an activities outside our regular training sessions and leagues.  Please speak with the coach of your age group  for specific team fees.

Please send us a message using our contact form and we will get back to you right away.

We will be playing in the SoCAL league,  which was previously called  Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL). 

There are members clubs through out Southern California from Ventura County down to San Diego County.

We also have teams in the National Premier League (NPL) or the and California Regional League (CRL).

Questions About Games

Families sit on the same side, and to the left of the team, but must be at least 5-10 yards away from players. No families can be behind the path of the linesman.

Sideline Areas

As a general guideline, No.

Just as you would NOT direct your child what to do during the middle of a play or piano rehearsal, we strongly urge parents and other family members to let the coach do their job. Just sit back and enjoy the game while your child’s team does their best to follow the team’s game plan.

Feel free to cheer and celebrate, but any direction (or verb action, such as kick it, boot it, press, run, run faster, pass, shoooooot)  is no permitted.

We understand you want to help but your command may not be what the coach wants, and it can be distracting and conflicting to the player.

No. Unless for medical reasons, players are with the coach from the time you drop them off, until the coach say they can leave after the game, or unless the coach gives the ok to go to the parents,  such as for an injury.

At halftime especially, players go to the coach, not the parents.

Players are also learning to be responsible for  all their uniforms,  cleats,  water bottles, and personal items.  Don’t be that helicopter mom or dad!

Generally speaking, afer a a game, let your child drive the conversation on the care ride home.

Kids are brilliant. A player already knows what he or she did well or not during the game. As parents, we need to understand that mistakes are made all the time by all players, coaches and referees too. This is part of the game and the learning process.

Nobody makes mistakes on purpose and criticism (as well-intended as it my be) on the long car ride home will not really help. Just try to be positive and look for the good moments from the game. But mainly, let you kid do the talking if they want to. 

No.

We love dogs, but in accordance with SoCal Soccer League guidelines,  dogs and other pets are not allowed at the fields anytime during soccer practices or games.

Exceptions to this rule are for service animals only. Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

If a dog or other pet is brought to a practice or game, you will be asked to remove it from the field immediately. Please note that there has been dog bites on soccer fields in the past, and this policy is in place to ensure a safe environment for players, coaches, referees, and spectators.

Unfortunately not. Our club does not make the actual game schedules. The SoCal league, which we are part of, creates schedules for over 3,800 teams, 87,000 players and many fields and permits, and can rarely make adjustments.

Unfortunately not. Our club does not make the actual game schedules. The SoCal league, which we are part of, creates schedules for over 3,800 teams, 87,000 players and many fields and permits.

We know a lot of parents wonder why players have to be at the game so early ahead of game time.  Just so we are all on the same page, here’s why 1 hr early:
 
– Players need to wake up and get their blood moving, after a long car ride
– Players need to warm up and stretch
– Players need to get many touches on the ball before kickoff
– Players need to make sure all their gear is ready within 5 minute after arrival
– Players need to make sure their laces are tied perfectly
– The team needs to go over last-minute game strategies
– Every player need to get in sync with coach and teammates for the game plan
– Each player, with coach’s help, need to start thinking of their personal goals for each game
– The entire team need to shift from tired to game ready by kickoff
–  Last-minute bathroom runs
 
A good game preparation can not happen together as a team, if 1/2 the team shows up 15 minutes, 30 minutes or even 40 minute late.   A team can’t go from off to on with a poor warm up. The sooner all the players are together, the better team can prepare for the game. 
 
We know TRAFFIC can surprise us all, but that is part of LA. It is an easy excuse but not a good excuse. At any time, we have to account for a 15-20 minute traffic jam. That means if it takes one hour to get to a field, then add 15 minutes to your travel time.  Make sure you have enough gas the day before.
 
As much as we want your child to be responsible for themselves, still remind them the night before a game to make sure ALL their gear is ready to go and packed, so you’re not spending 15 minutes in the morning running all thru the house looking for stuff. The night before, they should be packed with both sets of jerseys, shorts and socks, regular shoes, all cleats, shinguards, and water.
 
They should always wear their grey CASC t-shirts when they arrive to the field. If for whatever reason they don’t have it yet,  they need to wear some other grey t-shirt.  

Questions For the Players

We have teams at many different levels and are always open for players to try out our CASC family.

Player try-outs are “old school” and too stressful for young players.  Instead, we encourage prospective players to come to a number of practices, and spend some time with our coaches, and with the players who may be their new teammates. Note that our teams are competitive and it is possible that your child may not be selected for our team. However, most importantly, we want our new players to be 100% comfortable with our programs and coaches, and are playing at the correct level for their development.  

Please fill out our Try Out page and we will connect you with the proper age groups and coaches.

We understand that every parent hopes to see their child succeed and thrive on and off the soccer field. At CASC, we share that aspiration and strive to provide meaningful opportunities for all young athletes. However, it’s important to clarify that while we do our very best to accommodate all players, making a team is not guaranteed.

CASC maintains a strong commitment to competitiveness and always looking to improve, which means that team selection can be influenced by a variety of factors. These factors include the availability of roster spots, specific positional needs within a team (such as goalkeepers), and the developmental readiness of the child vs the level of the current team.

Our league SoCal soccer league offers a range of developmental levels to cater to diverse developmental abilities. However, it’s important to note that we may not always have teams at every developmental level in each age group. For instance, if your child is at the beginning developmental stage of soccer and we only have a top-level team in their age group, it may not be in their best interest to develop/play at that level due to the developmental gap. If there is a team available at the beginner level, especially in the younger age groups, your child is more likely to find a suitable place.

The selection process during our ‘Try Us Out’ sessions is conducted with fairness and transparency. When many players express interest in joining a team, our coaches with guidance from club directors assess factors such as coach ability, previous soccer experience, athletic ability, attitude, and, most importantly, the potential they see in each player. Every child who participates will be given a fair opportunity to earn a spot on a team if there is an available roster spot.

We appreciate your understanding of the competitive nature of our club and our commitment to providing a positive and developmental soccer experience for all players. While not every child may make a team, we are dedicated to fostering growth and skill development in every child who participates in our program.

For the most part, we have found it best for the team’s growth and player’s development to have consistency in their rosters.   

CASC does maintains a strong commitment to development, competitiveness and looking for improvement, which means that each year, there may be changes to a team’s roster based on  a variety of factors such as:

  • Skill level: Coaches and club administrators assess players’ skill levels to ensure they are placed on teams that best match their abilities, which may lead to team changes.
  • Team reorganization:  As players progress at different levels, sometimes teams are reorganized to maintain a balanced and competitive environment, which can result in players being placed on different teams from the previous year.

The selection process during our sessions are conducted with fairness and transparency.  Each year, our coaches, with guidance from club directors, assess additional  factors such as coachability,  attitude, and, most importantly, the potential they see in each player as they progress over the year. Every child who participates will be given a fair opportunity to keep their spot on a team.

Most of our team practice two to three times a week with extra opportunities for Technical Skill Training, and specialized Goalkeeper training.

The club’s main training facilities and home fields are at Crescenta Valley High School and LA Valley College, and the Glendale Sports Complex. We also have access to other fields such as Glendale HS, Glendale Community College,  and a variety of local middle and elementary schools.

We think it is very important for players to play other sports.  Each sport can help  with different muscle groups, coordination, viewpoint, etc.

However, we are a competitive club program, and when deciding on other sports (or recreational soccer leagues) especially during the same season as our league games, understand that there will be conflicts which ends up hurting the player the most, either through injuries from overplay, exhaustion, or just anxiety and stress from trying to make everybody happy. When conflicts occur, somebody is always unhappy.   Although we know there are always special circumstances, we do expect that our club program will have priority over other sports and other programs when conflicts occur.

CASC does take part in tournaments, usually outside the fall league season. Each team will decide on the appropriate tournaments it wants to participate in.

Our older teams usually take part in College Showcases to highlight our teams and players to college coaches.

The SOCAL league also has a prestigious State Cup that CASC teams take part in.

We are excited to fall under the brand Adidas for the 2024-25 season. We will be introducing the  design soon, but the package will include.

  • 1 home jersey 
  • 1 away jersey
  • 2 shorts
  • 2 pair of socks
  • 2  training shirts
  • 1 jacket/sweatshirt
  • 1 backpack 
  • leisure t-shirt
  • ball (optional)

Unfortunately not. Teams do not usually have additional jerseys. It is the responsibility of each player to prepares their gear the night before each game, including water, shinguards, entire kit and any personal items they may need. You can ask teammates if they have old jerseys from the previous year.

Feel free to ask any question you may have. We will get back to you as soon as possible.