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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Team Elmhurst Soccer Club?
TESC is a non-profit soccer organization whose main purpose is to provide soccer technique and tactics training to players from U8-U14. U15-U19 players have an opportunity to compete in the FCX program. Please visit www.fcxsoccer.net for more information.
What is the time commitment to play with Team Elmhurst?
Teams usually have 10 games during the season (five home and five away).  The season runs fall, winter, and spring. During the fall and spring there are two practices and typically one game each week. Each practice lasts 1.5 – 2 hours. The fall season runs from late August to early November and the spring season runs from April 1 to the middle of June. During the winter there is normally one training session per week for 12 weeks in duration. Along with the indoor training, teams will be participating in an indoor league or indoor tournament and an in house FUTSAL League.
How far do Team Elmhurst teams travel for games?
The average travel time for away games is 30 minutes with some being as close as 10 minutes away.  All home games will be in Elmhurst at local parks such as Berens, East End, Eldridge, Pioneer, etc...
How are teams chosen?
Open Tryouts are held in May/June of each year to determine the teams for the upcoming playing season. The TESC professional training staff determines player selection and team formation. Consideration will be given to various factors when evaluating player’s abilities. These include the player’s performance during tryouts, their performance during the prior season (if applicable), and their player’s commitment, attitude, and coach-ability. 
How many players are on one team?
Starting in the fall of 2010, U8 will play 7v7 (girls) and 5v5 (boys), the ideal team size is 9 or 10 players, up to a maximum of 12.  U9 and U10 teams play 7v7; team size is ideally 10 to 12, with a maximum of 14.  U11 and U12 play 9v9, team size is ideally 13 or 15.  The maximum allowable is 18 for all U13 and older teams playing 11v11.

"We wish we had a program like FUTSAL (TESC indoor league) when we were growing up."  Nikki Kryszik, Professional Soccer Player, Chicago Red Stars

How competitive is Team Elmhurst Soccer Club?

TESC boys teams participate in the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) and the
girls’ teams participate in the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL). Teams are
placed in various levels within the league to provide the best competitive level for our players. This gives the players the best opportunity to develop their skills and have
success while enjoying the game.
What levels of teams are in Team Elmhurst?

Team Elmhurst Select
is for teams that play in a division in the top 25% of their age
group. This is focused on those players/teams that have a high commitment to
soccer and have demonstrated higher level skills in their age group. 
Team Elmhurst Premier is for teams that play in a division in the second 25% of their age group in the middle divisions.  
Team Elmhurst Travel is for teams that are expected to play in a division in the
lower half of their age group. It is targeted for players who enjoy the experience of
playing traveling soccer, but whose skill level has not yet progressed to enable them
to effectively compete at the Premier or Select level. Also, first year teams or players
often start at the Travel level.
Who are the coaches and how are they selected?
All TESC teams have professional coach/trainers for both practices and games. 
The coaches are all very experienced in soccer, and many played at professional,
semi-pro or collegiate levels.  You can see bios of some of the club's current
coaches on the Staff page. Staff Coaches are hired by the club following submission
of a job application and completion of an interview process.  The Director of
Coaching makes the hiring decisions, with supervision by the Board of Directors. 
What will my child learn with Team Elmhurst?
Each player will be taught technical skills (i.e., passing, receiving and dribbling) and
tactical skills (i.e., making good decisions under pressure) using our advanced
teaching curriculum. Each player will also be taught the aspects of fair play and
teamwork in a positive coaching environment.
What is our playing time philosophy?
The TESC playing time policy follows the guidelines of the United States Soccer
Federation (USSF) and the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA). It is a simple
policy and is one that most travel clubs use.
We do, however, realize that in order to learn the game players must play the game. 
Our coaching guidelines recognize that U7 through U12 is the foundation (romance)
stage of player development. Playing time may not always be balanced in every
game.  However, the staff coach strives to distribute playing time so all players have
an optimum opportunity to develop. At this stage players who are in good standing
with the team should have an opportunity to play in every game.  It is our aim for our
younger players to build a love for the game and this can only be done by playing.
At U13 and above the game becomes more competitive.  U13 and U14 is the
commitment stage where players generally commit to the sport.  In this stage playing
time will vary from player to player and in general the player who attends practice,
works harder, and exhibits a higher level of skill and fitness will play more.
At TESC playing time is at the discretion of the staff coach and players "earn" it
through their work ethic and skill in practice and games.  Just as playing time can be
earned it can also be lost.  The following are examples of situations that will result in
a loss of playing time.
• not being in good standing with the club (fees not paid, etc)
• being late to or absent from practices and games
• being disruptive during the coaching process
• being disrespectful to coaches or other players