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How do I register for tryouts?
Players can register for tryouts online using the registration link. Registering online allows us to both prepare for expected numbers and keep you informed of any changes. It also expedites the check-in process when you arrive. Players should register a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first scheduled tryout.  Following the above registration procedures allows for a more positive and relaxed experience for players as they check-in.

Do current Santa Barbara SC players need to try out? Register online?
Yes current players must try out, however they do not need to register online.

Should players attend all tryouts?
Yes, players are expected to attend all tryout sessions for their age group if and when at all possible. If you cannot attend then please have your player communicate to the age group coach at tryouts.


How do I determine the correct team and age group for a player?
Players should try out for the age group indicated for their birth year per the matrix below. Tryouts are scheduled for an age group as a whole where abilities are evaluated. Team assignments are based on these assessments.

Birth Years for 2020-21 Season:
U8 = 2014 (Recreation League teams only)
U9 = 2013 to U19 = 2002 (Coast Soccer League, California Regional League, USSDA teams)

Tryouts start with the U9 (2013) age group and my child is U8 (2014). Can he/she still play on a team?
Yes, U8 players are encouraged to attend U9 tryouts. CSL does not allow 2014 age group players to participate but we can provide you a Players Academy program instead (training, no games).  

I notice you have multiple teams within an age group. How does my child try out for a particular team?
Tryouts are scheduled for an entire age group. At tryouts, players will be evaluated extensively as an age group and placed appropriately on a team based on assessed experience level.

How many teams will there be in each age group?
Generally, there are 2 teams in each age group and sometimes 3. Please check the team alignment section for specifics.

What is the club’s policy on roster size?
Santa Barbara SC will strive to keep teams to a size that allows sufficient numbers for training and maximize playing time. As a general rule we keep squads of 7v7 soccer to 11 or 12 players; 9v9 we will keep squads of 13 or 14; and, 11v11 teams to 18 to 20 players depending on the age group. Individual teams will have different needs based on schedules, physical demands, and potential conflicts – all of which can influence the size of a team roster.

Can my player try out for an older age group or ‘play up’ a year? 
Players should attend age-appropriate tryouts to ensure proper team placement. For a player to be selected to play up with an older team, the Director of Coaching, Technical Staff & respective coach of that team must determine that the player will be an impact player who needs to play up to ensure he/she is appropriately challenged. The Director of Coaching has the final say whether a player may ‘play up’ an age. Please refer to the player policy section to review specifics. 

My player is younger than U7 and just wants to train. Can he/she do that?
Santa Barbara SC offers several age-appropriate player academy developmental after-school programs throughout the year.  Information on available programs can be found on the home page of the website. Also, remember, if we have enough 'club level' players we will create a team to play in the local Summer Recreation League.


What should players wear and bring to the tryout sessions?
Players must wear a White T-shirt or Jersey, proper soccer cleats, shin guards and bring a ball and water. Any color shorts are acceptable.

What if it is raining the day of tryouts? Will you cancel?
It is unlikely we will cancel tryouts. We will post any changes on the club’s website as well as e-mail all registered participants by 2:00 pm on the tryout date only if the tryout is canceled. If no email is sent, tryouts are going forward.

Can the parents attend and watch tryouts?
Parents are welcome to observe from the spectator areas (outside the playing area).

How are players evaluated at the tryouts?
The professional and knowledgeable coaching staff evaluates players based on Technical, Tactical, Physical, and Psychological components of the game.

What if a player is injured or cannot attend the tryout session for the team he/she is interested in? Please email the Director of Coaching ([email protected]prior to tryouts for alternative options to be evaluated. Players must register for tryouts even if you cannot attend in order to be considered.

Who selects the team?
The Santa Barbara SC age group coaches, assistant coaches and professional coaching staff will select the players for their respective teams. Decisions will be based upon input from the previous year’s coach, Santa Barbara SC’s directors, technical staff, age group coordinators as staff designated to next year’s team.

Who will coach the team?
Please visit the tryout home page and click on coaching assignments. The club may field multiple teams and coaches within an age group. Our staff is highly qualified to provide your player with a quality experience. 

When can we talk to the staff regarding player placement?
No discussions will take place before or during the tryout evaluation. No discussions will take place on the field during or immediately following tryout sessions. 


When and how will players be notified if offered a spot on a team?
A player's placement will be communicated via email directly from the Director of Coaching, Age Group Coach or coach to the players after the tryout process is completed

How soon do we need to reply to an offer?
In order to guarantee your player’s roster spot, players (parents) should reply immediately or must reply prior to the initial registration (night) date/deadline.  The player should be aware, however, that the offer for a particular team may be rescinded after the specified period if the player has not yet accepted the offer and the roster for that team has reached capacity.

If I am offered a roster spot on a Santa Barbara SC team and wish to accept the offer, what’s the next step? How do I register for the team?
Registration occurs online through our Santa Barbara SC specific program. You will be notified by either the registrar or team manager when and how to complete registration.


What will the cost be to play on a Santa Barbara SC team for the 2020-2021 season?
Details regarding player fees are located on the home page of the tryout link. Fees vary among age groups as well as teams within an age group depending on planned activities for the season and the level of commitment required by a team. Within Santa Barbara SC, families will have multiple options and can choose a level of commitment best suited to their needs. Santa Barbara SC is a non-profit organization. We offer first class coaching, facilities, competition, and player development. Santa Barbara SC’s fees are priced competitively.

Uniform cost is in addition to team fees.

What does the payment schedule for the season look like?
You will have visibility to your exact payment schedule when completing player registration.  The first payment is due at the time you accept a roster spot by registering.  This is a non-refundable payment that every player in the club pays regardless if they are applying for financial assistance. After that, all player fees must be paid in full by December 15. 

What forms of payment will you accept for registration and subsequent payment installments?
We accept Visa and Master Card. Please note that there is a 3% convenience fee for using a credit card to make any payments.  We can accept debit cards and personal checks. We do not do autodraft /automatic withdrawals from bank accounts.

Do you offer discounts for families with multiple SBSC players?
Yes. Families who register multiple players for the 2020-2021 season will receive a $25.00 discount on player registration for the 2nd and subsequent players.

Do you offer financial aid?
Santa Barbara SC has the capacity to provide some scholarship assistance for players’ families with financial need. Details on the Santa Barbara SC Scholarship Program are located on the home page of the tryout link. 

Who do I contact if I have finance-related concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding financial considerations including payment of fees or our need-based scholarship program, please contact our registrar, Cory Williams at [email protected]

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Santa Barbara Soccer Club

121 Gray Avenue, Suite 300
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Phone: 805-679-7592
Email: [email protected]

Santa Barbara Soccer Club

121 Gray Avenue, Suite 300
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Phone: 805-679-7592
Email: [email protected]
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