We are the premier soccer club in Calvert County. Our community based organization offers your son or daughter the opportunity to learn how to be a better soccer player and improve their skills in a fun and friendly environment. Our three levels of program offerings (Rec, RecPlus, Travel) are unmatched and will allow your child to develop at their own rate and continue to be challenged. CSA is also the ONLY recognized club in Calvert for all the local and top level leagues (NCSL, WAGS, BBSL, CMSSL, ...). We look forward to having you join us.
CSA's Travel division will be holding ongoing supplemental tryouts throughout the winter months for individuals and teams looking to play and thrive in a highly competitive environment. Please contact Director of Coaching Shaun Nicholson at DOC@calvertsoccer.org for more information.
CSA Travel Division to Implement US Soccer Guidelines
CSA Travel Division to Implement US Soccer Guidelines
Calvert Soccer Association’s (CSA) Travel Committee (TC) along with the Travel Division Director of Coaching (DOC) are committed to keeping the parents and players of the Travel Division informed of its plan to address the recent announcement from United States Soccer Federation (USSF) with regards to the realigning of age groups to calendar years and the directive that all teams U12 and younger will play only short sided soccer with U9-U10 playing 7v7 and U11-U12 playing 9v9. This directive has to be in place by August 2017 according to the press release. To view the press releases from USSF please follow this link by clicking here.
CSA Travel Division fully supports this decision to help in the improvement and development of players in the USA. We fully understand the benefits of this plan and intend to implement the new directives in conjunction with the leagues and the state associations who also follow the USSF directives.
The plan is to minimize the impact(s) to existing teams, yet continue to grow and develop talent across our classic, select and premier levels of play.
The biggest changes will be at the short sided age groups (U9-U12). Dependent on league and roster rules we will fully welcome the move from 8v8 to 9v9 with the U11-U12 age groups. Starting with tryouts in June 2016 here is the implementation of the directive from USSF for August 2016 seasonal year:
Rising U9 (Calendar year 2007):
These will be new players to the travel division, with a potential mix of existing U9’s. All players born in calendar year 2007 will be U9 players.
Rising U10 (Calendar year 2006), Rising U11 (Calendar year 2005), and Rising U12 (Calendar year 2004):
For the rising U10-U12 existing age groups decisions will be based on the skills and ability of the players. Parents will be offered the opportunity to have their child tryout at their calendar age and/or tryout with the team age they are currently with if it is not the same as the child’s calendar age. Players will then be offered team spots based on tryout results, and in accordance with the league rules which are still being decided at this time. Many leagues that CSA teams play in currently place restrictions on how many players can “play up” between the U9 and U12 age groups, so with consideration of these rules there may be an impact to existing teams, and new team formation. Unfortunately this is out of CSA’s control.
Rising U13 (Calendar year 2003) through Rising U19 (Calendar Year 96)
For the older teams already playing full sided soccer at U13-U19 we will again assess each player at tryouts as we do now and then offer spots based on player skills and ability. The league restrictions on how many players can “play up” is generally not restricted by the leagues at the older ages. The ability for players to tryout in their calendar age group will be an option as will trying out for the age group above so they can “play up” if they have the ability to do so. The final determination made by the Coach, the Travel Committee and the Director of Coaching, will be based on a player’s ability.
All new players who are currently not associated with a CSA travel team will sign up to tryout for their appropriate calendar age per USSF but can request to also tryout for the older age group if they feel they can play at the older level, please note this is the same as today. Each new CSA travel player will be assessed based on the level of play they tryout for (classic, select, premier) with the final determination falling to the Coach, the Travel Committee and the Director of Coaching again as is the case today.
CSA as a club has strongly focused on player development and this can be seen by our impressive showing of CSA players represented at the state Olympic Development Program (ODP) level for Maryland State Youth Soccer Organization (MSYSA). The change of age groups will also align youth soccer in Maryland with the ODP program, and U.S. National Training Center going forward. We at CSA fully support this new directive from USSF, and see this helping CSA to continue to develop strong players.
CSA and the Travel Committee will update this information as changes occur with USSF, MSYSA and applicable leagues.
The Policy adopted by the Board of Directors of the Calvert Soccer Association (CSA) will implement a standard operating procedure policy on managing and monitoring concussion injuries among athletes in CSA. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when a blow or force to the head or body is followed by a change in behavior or performance. This policy will be effective beginning with the 2015 spring season.
Concussions MUST be taken very seriously. Putting a player back in a game with a concussion --- even a mild one--- puts them at great risk for life-long disabilities and/or fatal consequences. A concussion must be fully healed before returning to action, and only a trained physician can make that call. Coaches must protect the player from further harm and immediately remove the player from action if any symptoms appear. It is important to note that some symptoms may not appear for 24 hours, so you should take a conservative approach if you witness any head trauma. Likewise, parents must support the decision of the coaches to remove players from games if injury is suspected.
CSA has joined with Amazon Smile. If you shop on Amazon register with Amazon Smile and choose Calvert Soccer Association as your charity and a portion of everything you buy will come back to CSA. Amazon Prime members will still enjoy all of the same benefits they normally get along with CSA getting benefit from your purchases. For more information about Amazon Smile, click HERE.
CSA is an IRS registered 501(c)3 public charity. All proceeds are used to offset costs of operations and programs.
CSA has joined forces with National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the largest soccer coaching fraternity in the US, to further the education of its coaching staff. Joining NSCAA allows CSA to provide even more resources as part of its strategy to develop coaches at all levels by providing the most comprehensive training program of any club in the area. CSA can now expand the reach of these resources more than ever before to all of its programs.
CSA Director of Coaching, Shaun Nicholson adds "As the Director of Coaching at CSA I am very excited about the partnership betweenNSCAA and CSA. Through education of our coaches, in conjunction with the NSCAA, we at CSA firmly believe our coaches will have the ability to develop modern soccer players. We understand that there is no shortcut to success only hard work, effort and education for both players and coaches. We see the NSCAA as an ideal partner in helping us develop the coaches we need to work with all players at all levels within our great club. I firmly believe in coaching education as a key factor in developing the right players for the future of the game in the USA."
CSA has adopted a core strategy to club development and our partnership with NSCAA, along with our other training partners, allows us to fulfill a key part of that strategy in the area of coach development. Together with new player and referee development programs, CSA will continue to offer the best soccer programs in the region.
CSA, celebrating its 30th year, is proud to announce it has begun construction of CSA Park in Prince Frederick. CSA acquired the 16 acres on Arthur King Road from funds raised for the purpose of developing and improving the sports fields in Calvert County. Final plans are to build two shortsided and two fullsided size fields on the property along with parking. The two fullsided sized fields can each be configured to accomodate two shortsided sized fields for up to six total fields available. All fields will be fully irrigated and premium bermuda grass. Lighting will be added to fields as funding allows.
The new facility will not only be used to increase the inventory of fields available to CSA members for practices and games, but will also be used for showcase events, tournaments, and other special functions.
CSA currently plans to build in two phases based on availability of funds. In an effort to accelerate those plans CSA is accepting tax deductible donations. If you would like to help please use the Field Fund Donation button, if a donation letter or other tax related information is needed it can be obtained by emailing the
CSA is also offering opportunities for sponsorships, if interested in these opportunities please contact the
, Mark McCormick to discuss availability. Donations of materials or services will also be considered for sponsorship opportunities.
CSA would like to thank all of its current and former members as well as the local community for helping make this dream a reality.