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PORTLAND CITY UNITED

U8-U10, YDP PROGRAM

In our Youth Development Program (YDP), player's will be challenged through fun games and team interaction. The engaging, age appropriate program focuses on the early development of individual players with an emphasis on:  

  • Teamwork and Competition, introduced at a developmentally appropriate level

  • Technical Skills and Body Mechanics

  • Tactical Knowledge and Decision Making

  • Individual Growth & Communication

 

This program prepares players for competitive soccer and

improves recreational players' skills.

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TEAM TRYOUTS

REGISTERING PLAYER

 

We do not run "formal tryouts" for our YDP teams. During our tryout dates, our coaches will get to know your player's focus, listening skills and ability to participate as part of a team through fun challenges and games.

 

In general all players, regardless of technical skills, will be offered a spot on a team. This is a great opportunity to get your child active and engaged during the summer break!

2020/21 SEASON TRYOUTS: Tryouts for the YDP (U8-U10) Summer & Fall season have concluded. If you're interested in joining a team mid-season, please e-mail pcusc@pcusc.org for more information. 

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PRACTICE SCHEDULE

All of our YDP teams play in the OYSA Timbers and Thorns Leagues during the fall and spring. During the summer, our teams participate in local and regional tournaments.

Summer tournaments and jamborees are offered in June, July, and August. ​Fall League & Cup games start after Labor Day and run through mid November. ​Spring League & Cup games start in February / March and run through early May.

 

All practices are held at the newly re-turfed Buckman Field, completed Summer 2020. 

YDP 2020/21 PLAYER FEES

SUMMER & FALL MEMBERSHIPS

$450, PER PLAYER 

Payment plans and scholarships are available. Applications MUST be submitted within 3 days of being offered a spot on a team. Listed fees do not include uniforms and tournament fees.  

2021 SPRING MEMBERSHIPS

$350, PER PLAYER 

PCU's outstanding team of coaches are dedicated to giving our members the best possible club soccer experience.

We strive to surround our members with coaches that are successful on and off the field. Each coach brings their own style of coaching, but each one is committed to providing a professional atmosphere to all club soccer events. Our paid coaching staff complete Background Checks, SafeSport Training, Concussion training and are evaluated regularly.

UNIFORMS
AVAILABLE THROUGH TURSSI SOCCER

 

Uniforms are available at Tursi Soccer and are not included in the annual player's program fees. All players are required to wear the PCU Uniform and Training Gear to all practices and games. Before placing your order through Tursi's online store, contact your coach to confirm your player's jersey number. 

When ordering you can either enter in your confirmed jersey number if you know your size and you do NOT want to try on your uniform in the store before finalizing the purchase, or do not enter a jersey number during your online order if you're unsure of the desired size. 

ALL PCU players also receive a 15% discount on all additional purchases made in the Tursi store including futsal shoes, cleats, balls and shinguards. 

REQUIRED UNIFORM ITEMS:

 

Red Training Jersey - $20

White Game Jersey - $28

Black Game Jersey - $45

Shorts - $18 

Socks - $10

Total: $121.00

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: 

Rain Jacket - $75

Hoodie - $48

Sweatpants - $40

Backpack - $45

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OUR ONLINE TOOLS:

TECHNE FUTBOL

The Techne app will help our current, U8 - U15 players learn, improve, and refine their skills through consistent technical training.

 

Each player's Club Membership includes new technical training sessions every week, shooting sessions, Techne GK sessions, Time Trial Drills, and the chance to compete for a spot on the Techne Leaderboards.

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What is the YDP coaching philosophy?


The Problems with Fear Based Motivation: Fear based motivation is a behavior of working extremely hard to reach a goal because the player is afraid of failing. While it can seem advantageous on paper, this behavior can be destructive in the long run, causing players to build up situations in their heads, compare their success and failures to teammates/other players, and ultimately take mistakes much harder than others.
Within the YDP we focus on the Mastery Approach to Development where we focus on the growth of the individual player. We avoid comparing players with each other and focus on making sure the players see only how their efforts have and can make them better. To do this, we build an environment where players gain confidence and turn their mistakes into learning opportunities. Some players have the confidence to do this on their own, but for others this mindset must be developed and we believe it starts from the coaches and parents continually building the players up and pushing them to challenge themselves. What does it mean to run a Developmentally Appropraite Program? Developmentally Appropriate means that players are equally parts successful and equal parts challenged. On either side of this spectrum, a player who wins every match up is clearly not being challenged enough which prevents development. As well as a player who concedes every match up may become upset, lose interest, as well as not develop because they are unable to succeed. This also applies to our team league placements. While we do not keep score in our league, we aim to place our teams in divisions that allow them to equally be challenged and find success. When our players ask, “What was the score?” our coaching staff response will be, “Did you have fun? What did you learn today?” A season’s success judged by individual player development - not wins and losses.




Can you tell me more about your coaching staff?


PCU works hard to find coaches who are committed to the development of the player, through individual and team training and games. PCU encourages our coaches to continue to challenge themselves by attending coaching courses offered by US Soccer. Our coaches complete Background Checks, SafeSport Training, and Concussion training. You can find individual profiles on PCU coaches on our coaching staff page.




How do tryouts work? What if my player is new to soccer?


​​​We do not run "formal tryouts" for our YDP teams. During our tryout dates, our coaches will get to know your player's focus, listening skills and ability to participate as part of a team through fun challenges and games. What if My Player is New to Soccer? In general all players, regardless of technical skills, will be offered a spot on a team. This is a great opportunity to get your child active and engaged during the summer break! How Does Team Placement Work: The first two or three practices of the season are used by our coaching staff to create training groups that will be developmentally appropriate for each player. Our program is built on players of all levels finding their love for healthy competition, working as a team and soccer as a whole. We welcome players of all abilities in this program.




What if my son/daughter plays another sport or participates in other activities?


PCU supports our players who participate in other activities. Communication is key and letting the coach know when conflicts arise well in advance helps lessen the impact. PCU believes soccer is a part of a players and families life, but should not control it.




Where & when do PCU teams train?


PCU teams train two time a week with the majority of training at Buckman Field in NE Portland (416 NE 12th Ave). Buckman Field is a 245,000 square foot facility with brand new synthetic, FIFA approved turf and lights (finished Summer 2020). Our office and clubhouse are also located at the NW corner of the field. The clubhouse offers a warm and safe place for players to gather before and after training and games. It has bathrooms for our player and staff to use. We have a conference room for player reviews and a classroom with white board for teams to use.




Is there financial aid available?


Financial aid applications are available for qualifying families and must be submitted via email within 3 days of accepting your player's spot. We still ask for a $295 deposit at the time of acceptance, and our team will make adjustments to your account within three days of reviewing your paperwork.

  • Financial aid can cover up to 50% of PCU club fees.
  • Financial aid does NOT cover uniforms, tournament fees, travel (when available), or additional PCU programs including futsal.
  • If a player receives any financial aid from PCU and leaves the club before the end of the season, that player will be expected to pay their remaining balance in full.
  • Players that are not current on their monthly payments may be held out of training and/or games.

We will not be accepting paper forms for the 2020/21 season. Please submit your full application including any supplemental paperwork via email to cmartin@pcusc.org.




What fees/costs are not covered by the registration fee?


Annual fees do NOT cover uniforms, tournament fees, travel (when available), or additional PCU programs including futsal. Please reach out at pcusc@pcusc.org with any questions.




How does team placement work?


The first two or three practices of the season are used by our coaching staff to create training groups that will be developmentally appropriate for each player. Our program is built on players of all levels finding their love for healthy competition, working as a team and soccer as a whole. We welcome players of all abilities in this program.




What is your refund policy?


We DO NOT OFFER CLUB REFUNDS after 30 days from tryout dates, as our players have begun training and our teams have already been formed and finalized. An administration fee of $295 is charged for anyone who drops before the 30 days. We do not offer club refunds on player's $25 tryout fee. In the event of an additional COVID-19 government imposed closure, adjustments will be made. Annual fees do NOT cover uniforms, tournament fees, travel (when available), or additional PCU programs including futsal. Please reach out at pcusc@pcusc.org with any questions.