Division 1 Commitment & Cost

 

Division 1 Commitment Summary

 

 

Time Commitment

The average number of training days during the summer is 2  - 3 days per week beginning early June.  Summer tournament play typically begins in mid-July through the end of August. 

During the regular season (September through early November) the number of training days will be 2 - 3 days per week with 2 competitive league games on many weekends.   During the regular season there will also be designated tournament weekends that will require some travel, possibly an overnight stay, and 3 - 4 scheduled tournament games. 

Post-season training for State Cup (U11 and older) continues on this schedule, possibly through late-February, with the exception of the winter break for high school soccer (age groups U14 and older). 

Division 1 Competitive players are expected to begin attending practice 100% the Monday after the 4th of July.  There is a Vacation Moratorium during which players can miss practice without penalty to playing time.  This moratorium begins the day that players get out of school and finishes on the Tuesday after the 4th of July.   The 4th of July is on Friday this year (2014).  Players who miss practice after the 7th of July will have their playing time penalized during summer tournaments based on their practice attendance.

Financial Commitment

The estimated average annual cost per player, excluding uniforms and travel costs, is shown below.  For details, see the Division 1 Cost Summary by age group below.

U9-U11   $1,620
U12-U14 $1,620
U15-U19 $1,770

It is important to note that events such as in-state and out-of-state tournaments and summer team training camps are considered an integral part of the Division 1 program and are not optional.  A commitment by parents to the Division 1 program is a commitment that their son or daughter will attend all of the team’s events.

Travel Commitment

In addition to local Division 1 tournaments such as the Mustang Stampede (Girls & Boys) tournaments, each age group at U9 and older is expected to commit to traveling to other tournaments.  This may include at least one tournament in Southern California.  In some instances, our Gold teams will travel to at least 2 out-of-area tournaments that will require an over-night stay with travel by air likely.

Since the costs for transportation, meals, and hotels for these tournaments vary according to the situation, no specific costs have been added to the financial summary.  There may be opportunities to underwrite some or all of these expenses through team coordinated fundraising activities.  However, parents should make their commitment to the Division 1 program based on the assumption they will have to pay for their child’s full expenses for transportation, meals, and hotels for these tournaments.  This has been included in the detailed estimated cost summary.

Volunteer Commitment

The Division 1 program requires a number of volunteers to operate effectively and efficiently.  These positions typically require a commitment for the entire seasonal year. 

Volunteers from each Division 1 team will be needed for the following positions:

  • Team Manager – Coordinates phone trees, player passes, team parties, parent meetings, travel, tournament applications, training schedules, etc.
  • Team Treasurer – Handles the money for the individual team and works with the League’s Treasurer to provide standardized reports for accountability.
  • Individual Team volunteers – Including snack coordinator, tournament volunteer, flag bearer, first aid, statistician, team publicity, communication coordinator (website, newspapers), uniforms, golf tournament, etc.  All parents are required to support the Mustang Tournaments and are required to volunteer 4-6 hours at each of the Mustang Stampedes and Winter Turf.

 

 

Division 1 Cost Summary

 

 

 
Type of Cost
Cost per Player
Description
Payment Due Date

Registration Fees

U9 through U11
U12 through U14
U15 through U19

 

$275
$275
$275

Portion of staff salaries, application processing, insurance, equipment, field set-up, field maintenance, office expenses, misc. general and administrative expenses.

 

At registration:
February/June
February/June
February/June

Division 1 Program Fee

U9 through U11
U12 through U14
U15 through U19

 

 

 

Division 1 Team Fees

U9 through U11
U12 through U14
U15 through U19

 

$270
$270
$270

 

 

 

 

$1,000 - $1,100
$1,000 - $1,100
$1,000 - $1,100

Training Director, Assistant Training Director fees, Fitness Directors, Division 1 program administrative expenses, and other Division 1 program costs such as extra field time, lights, US Club Soccer Fees, etc.

 

Team training, Goalkeeper training, team training camp, etc…

At first team meeting:
April
April
April/May

 

 

 

At first team meeting: 
April
April
April/May

Tournament  Fees

U9 through U11

 

U12 through U14

 

U14 through U19

 

$250

 

 $250

 

$400

 

Application fees for four or five local tournaments.

Application fees for five local tournaments plus two traveling tournaments and State Cup

Application fees for five local tournaments plus two or three traveling tournaments and State Cup

 At first team meeting:

April

April

 

 

April/May

 

 

 

 

Total Cost per Player
U-9 through U-11
U-12 through U-14
U-15 through U-18


$1,620
$1,620
$1,770


These costs are in addition to registration fees of $275 per player

All fees due to Mustang must be paid in full by August 1

       
           

Possible Additional Fees

 

 

 

Uniforms

$240

New players will need to purchase uniforms and warmups.  Returning players may need to only replace lost or worn pieces of their uniform.

As needed

Miscellaneous

$100

Tee shirts, team banners or flags, scrapbooks, beginning and end of year parties, indoor soccer, etc.

As needed

Note: Above costs exclude transportation, meals, and hotel costs for tournaments.

The above amounts represent averages.  Each team’s actual total fees may vary depending on such factors as number of tournaments entered, amount of outside training, coach's salary, actual summer training camp costs, length of season, and other team related expenses.

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