Question: What is the difference between ECU, AYSO and Parks and Rec?
Answer: AYSO is recreational soccer and teams play teams within AYSO in Eau Claire with seasons in the fall and spring. Parks and Rec is also recreational soccer organized by the City of Eau Claire. This season is played in the summer months. ECU is a competitive club. Our teams travel to the Minneapolis/St Paul area for half of our league games.
Question: What’s the difference between Tournament and League play?
Answer: Tournament teams only play on weekends League teams play during the week.
Question: What does the season start?
Answer: Most teams start indoor practice once a week in January. League games start in May. The league season ends mid-July. Tournament teams decide their schedule based on the availability of the players on the team.
Question: What does MYSA and WYSA mean?
Answer: MYSA stands for Minnesota Youth Soccer Association and WYSA stands for Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. ECU is a member of WYSA and an extra-territorial member of MYSA. Our league teams play MYSA and our tournament teams play WYSA.
Question: Why join Eau Claire United Soccer Club versus another club?
Answer: Club sponsored player development training sessions and camps, Coach development program to improve our coaches, Competitive based, teams at every age level, Club administrator, local high schools coaches involved in training sessions for younger age and camps for all ages.
Question: What does is cost to play soccer in Eau Claire United?
The first expense is the fee the club charges you to have your child go through Tryouts in order to be placed on a team. That fee is $25.00 per child unless you make your decision after the deadline and then it increases to $50.00. This fee covers the cost of administering the Tryout and for the Tryout evaluators whom the club pays to rate the players.
Once your child has been placed on a team there are additional expenses. They fall into four categories:
1. Fees to the Club
2. Fees to your team
3. Uniform Expense
4. Travel and Meals to Games and Tournaments
Fees to the Club
The fees paid to the club vary somewhat by age because some younger teams are limited to only Tournament play. Some older teams also play a Tournament only schedule due to conflicts with High School Soccer season and unavailability of players. The fees paid to the Club include:
Minnesota registration fee
Wisconsin registration fee
Referee costs including referee training
Fees to the City of Eau Claire for use of our fields
A small amount for development of our coaches
Equipment provided by the Club (balls, flags, first aid)
Club administration including office and staff
Tournament Only Teams currently pay $150 per player for registration fees to the Club
League Teams currently pay $200 per player for registration fees to the Club.
Fees paid to your team
Coach expense $500 to $2000 per team.
Tournament expense $275 to $400 per tournament
Coach travel expense
These team fees vary by the coach selected for your team and the type and quantity of tournaments chosen.
The Club selects a uniform that we will use for a three year period. A complete uniform kit with two jerseys, one pair of shorts and one pair of socks is currently $76. Unless your child out grows his or her uniform (or loses it) you should be able to use it for multiple years.
Travel and Meal Expense
Some teams opt for Tournaments that are not an overnight stay for the players and their families. This is done by consensus so hopefully whatever the majority wants, the team will do. Ideally our families create carpools to travel to league games and to tournaments if appropriate. Eating out can get expensive so packing a picnic meal is a good option. There are plenty of families that do not go to every League game and send their child with another family on occasion.