At BSA Celtic, we understand that deciding whether to join a select soccer program is a big decision. Below are some common questions that we hear which we would like to answer. If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail us from the Contact Us page of our site. Thanks for considering BSA Celtic.
Do I need to create an account to register for tryouts?
Returning BSA Celtic players registering for tryouts in the U9 – U12 age group should log into their existing account to register your player for tryouts. Please use the Blue Sombrero link on the top right on the BSA Celtic Website.
BSA Celtc players registering for tryouts in the U13 – U15 age group will need to create a new family account at http://www.ohiocelticalliance.com
BSA Celtic players registering for tryouts in the U16 age group will need to create a new family account at http://www.ohiogalaxiesfc.com
My child will be trying out in the U9 – U12 age group for the 2016 – 2017 season, where do I tryout?
The BSA Celtic U9 – U12 program is based in Beavercreek with tryouts at the Ankeney Soccer Complex during the week of May 30, 2016. Please Click Here for tryout dates and to register for tryouts
My child will be trying out in the U13 – U15 age group for the 2016 – 2017 season, where do I tryout?
Tryouts for our Ohio Celtic Alliance U13 – U15 program will be at the Ankeney Soccer Complex during the week of May 30, 2016.
Please visit http://www.ohiocelticalliance.com for tryout dates and to register for tryouts
My child will be a U7 or U8 player for the 2016 – 2017 season, what programs are available?
The BSA Celtic program will offer a competitive academy program for players in the U8 age group for 2016-2017. The program will be part of the BSA Celtic Juniors program and will include training and competitive league matches. Please Click Here for more information on this program. U7 players will participate also be part of the BSA Celtic Juniors program, which will include training.
My child is between the ages of 3 – 6, what programs are available?
The BSA Celtic program offers a variety of programs for our younger players. Please visit http://www.bsaceltic.com for more information on our program for our younger players.
Who should I contact for more information about your programs?
BSA Celtic – U7 – U8 Boys and Girls – Jeff Popp – firstname.lastname@example.org
BSA Celtic – U9 – U12 Boys – Mike Tracy – email@example.com
BSA Celtic – U9 – U12 Girls – Jeff Popp – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Celtic Alliance – U13 – U15 Boys and Girls – Mike Tracy – email@example.com, Jeff Popp – firstname.lastname@example.org
I understand players will need to register by their birth year, What are the birth dates associated with each age group?
U08 – 1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009 – 4v4 – roster size 6 – 8 players
U09 – 1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008 – 7v7 – roster size 10 – 12 players
U10 – 1/1/2007 – 12/31/2007 – 7v7 – roster size 10 – 12 players
U11 – 1/1/2006 – 12/31/2006 – 9v9 – roster size 12 – 14 players
U12 – 1/1/2005 – 12/31/2005 – 9v9 – roster size 12 – 14 players
U13 – 1/1/2004 – 12/31/2004 – 11v11 – roster size 15 – 18 players
U14 – 1/1/2003 – 12/31/2003 – 11v11 – roster size 15 – 18 players
U15 – 1/1/2002 – 12/31/2002 – 11v11 – roster size 15 – 18 players
U16 – 1/1/2001 – 12/31/2001 – 11v11 – roster size 15 – 18 players
What are the costs for the U13 – U15 program?
Costs range between $750 – $1175 depending on the competitive level of the team. Fees includes player administrative costs, field rental fees, BSA fee, training staff fees, team coach fee, outdoor league fees, referee fees, tournament fees and team coach travel expense.
What are the costs for the U9 – U12 program?
The BSA Celtic U9- U12 program has a range of player fees depending on the competitive level of the team and the age of the team. Player fees are set based on staff and facility costs. BSA Celtic Player Fee Information for 2016 – 2017 Season
What are the costs of the U7 and U8 programs?
The BSA Celtic Juniors program has a range of player fees depending on the age of the young player. The program sets fees based on staff and facility costs. Please click here for more information on the program.
Where do the teams train in the fall and spring ?
Players in the BSA Celtic U9 – U12 age groups will train at the Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek.
Players in the BSA Celtic Juniors U7 – U8 age groups will train at the Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek.
Players in the U13 – U15 age groups will train at the Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek, as well as, Athletes in Action and additional turf fields in Greene County.
Do you utilize professional coaching with your teams?
Our U9 – U12 age groups at BSA Celtic utilize a combination of parent coaches and professional staff coaches for our teams.
Is BSA Celtic just for elite players who want to play at the highest levels?
While BSA Celtic has developed players that have played at some of the highest levels, we also understand that players develop at different rates. Certainly, no one can predict the ultimate development of younger players so that is why we field multiple teams at most age groups to help develop all players of all skill levels at an appropriate competitive level. In short, we try to have teams that build on any skill level.
How much of a time commitment is BSA Celtic?
BSA Celtic is a volunteer driven organization – this helps to keep our costs down. The BSA Celtic does ask for the same time commitment as BSA Rec to clean up and ready the complex in the fall and spring. In addition, there are two prestigious local tournaments (Haunted Classic in late October and the Creek Classic in May/June) which parents must work a maximum four hour shift – but in exchange, the team entry fee is waived (this is typically @ $45 per child). We would also hope that you would become involved in your child’s team to help out where needed.
As far as the soccer season, BSA Celtic does not set any requirements regarding the number of training sessions, games, and tournaments. These are all decisions made by the team coaches who will consult with the parents. Typically, most teams do 3 events per week – for example, two practices and one game. If your child is offered a position on a team, you can consult with the coach to see if their training and game philosophy is a good fit. See a Player’s Right to Choose.
With the new birth year registration it looks like 2002 teams may have 8th graders and freshmen in the same age group. How will you form teams in the 2002 age group?
Our primary focus is on selecting players for a team based on the competitive fit. This may result in both 8th graders and freshmen on the same 2002 team.
Will you offer a fall competitive program for 8th graders that make a high school club team for the 2016-2017 season?
Yes. In the case of a team in which we have a mix of 8th graders and freshmen, we will provide a fall training and competitive match program for these 8th grade players. Once the freshmen on the team complete their fall high school team commitment, the team will begin high school age club training in early November with the combined 8th grade and freshmen players.
I understand that the Buckeye Premier League will be offering a fall high school competitive league for high school players that do not participate on OHSAA school teams. Will your club be offering a fall competitive program for high school age players?
We strongly support players participating on their fall high school soccer teams. We will determine interest in fielding a fall high school club team based on the responses we receive during our tryout registration and the number of high school players available after the early August high school team tryouts.
How many tournaments do your teams play in a fall and spring season year?
The number of tournaments varies depending on the age group and the level of the team. Click Here for more information.
I understand your program includes winter training. How many weeks is winter training and how often to the teams train?
Teams train from mid-January through the end of February for 6 weeks. Teams train twice a week in the winter.
My child plays a winter sport, is winter training mandatory for all players?
Winter training is not mandatory for players in our program. We understand players may be participating in our sports over the winter months. We do encourage players to participate in winter training as frequently as possible and we have a “drop in” policy for players if they have a conflict with a scheduled night of training.
Where do your teams train in the winter?
Our teams train at a variety of indoor locations in the Beavercreek and Springboro area.
The cost of club soccer is a challenge for our family, do you offer payment plans?
Yes. Our U9 – U16 programs all offer payment plans so that families can spread out player fee payments over the course of several months. U9 – U16 player fees are due in full by December 1st.
Are scholarships available for your programs?
There are a number of optional ways to reduce the cost of club soccer including the Kroger Community Rewards Program and volunteer credit opportunities at our club hosted tournaments and events. We understand some families may experience an unexpected hardship, our organization will often work with players and families to keep a player participating in our program.
My child is interested in your program but has a conflict with the tryout dates. What can we do?
Please go ahead and register for our tryouts so that we are aware that you are interested in our program. We will offer supplemental tryouts dates prior to the beginning of our fall season in early August.
Do your teams participate in out of town tournaments?
Yes. We believe that especially for our younger teams, the opportunity to travel and play in an out of town tournament can be a great team experience. Modest travel once or twice a year for U9 – U12 teams is a reasonable expectation. Our U13 – U16 teams will also have some travel during the seasonal year. The frequency of travel and the distance is dependent on the desired level of competition and league requirements.
After tryouts, how will you notify players about what team they made with your program?
Players will receive an email from our Blue Sombrero player management system with regard to their selection on one of our teams. Please be patient with us during the week of tryouts. We understand it can be difficult time for players and we will do our best to provide timely notification to all our tryout participants.
How quickly does my child need to commit to playing on one of your teams?
We would appreciate a commitment within 24 hours of receiving an email offer from our organization. If you receive an offer for a position on one of teams and you do not wish to accept the offer, please take a minute to visit our website to decline the offer.
When is the first payment due on player fees?
The first payment on player fees is due at the time a player accepts an offer to play on one of our teams. The offer is not considered accepted until payment is received.
My child commits to play on a team in your program and we pay the player fee. If we change our mind will we receive a full refund?
Player fees are nonrefundable.
What criteria does your staff use to determine player placement on one of your teams?
The tryout process will be used to access the player in the following critical area: Technical – receiving, dribbling, passing, striking the ball, heading; Tactical – speed of thought, speed of play, vision; Additional areas of assessment include – athleticism, fitness, response to coaching, pure speed. The tryout session will consist of three components: Technical assessment, Tactical assessment, and small-sided games.