CUSA Fees 2019/2020
*For CUSA players returning from the 2019/20 season there are different 'grandfathered' rates.
*For CUSA players returning from the 2019/20 season there are different 'grandfathered' rates.
With the landscape of US Soccer conceivably changing for the immediate future CUSA, as a Players First Club, has decided to make some changes to the way we operate.
As of the 2020/21 Season, we will no longer be participating in the NPL league.
This was a decision that we did not take lightly.
We already had concerns with the amount of travel for our young players, the associated costs of overnight stays for families and the inconsistency of the NPL league with large swings in results from one game to another.
With the Global Pandemic we anticipate, quite rightly, that families will not be keen to have their young children staying away for several weekends, traveling to sites that many clubs from around the region will also be traveling to and staying at, so soon after the virus has dissipated.
Instead, in the 2020/21 Season, CUSA will be doing the following;
Competitive Teams will apply to the new combined Ohio North and South State League and play in one league and compete in four tournaments. If teams are not accepted into the new State League then they will compete, instead, in the highest levels of the Buckeye Leagues.
The youngest teams (Academy) will participate in local leagues and festival style tournaments with no overnight stays required.
Elite Teams will:
GLC Teams will endeavor to minimize travel by playing at mutually agreed sites, half way between each club, providing the opportunity for less overnight stays. They will now play in the combined Ohio North and South State League. This new league replaces the Ohio South State League (OSSL) and is an amazing opportunity to maintain the exceptionally high calibre of competitions that teams receive from participation in this league whilst extending it to include the top teams from Ohio North. GLC Teams, as well as playing in the GLC League and the Ohio North and South State League, will also compete in four tournaments and/or College Showcases.
Former NPL Teams will apply to play in the combined Ohio North and South State League and will compete in six tournaments and/or College Showcases. If they are not accepted into the new combined Ohio North and South State League, then they will participate in the highest levels of the Buckeye Leagues until such time as they are accepted into the new State League.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CUSA "one club fee" and why do we have it?
The "one club fee" is an all-inclusive single player fee that covers costs for the entire calendar year to include soccer programming in summer, fall, winter and spring.
What specifically is included in the "one club fee"?
The full-time professional soccer staff who are focused on driving an innovative and effective development program:
Technical and Executive Director, Paddy King
Assistant Director of Coaching (U6 to U10), Rob Hoover
Assistant Director of Coaching (U11 to U1),4 Matt Schmidt
Assistant Director of Coaching (U15 to U19), Nick Kinder
Director of Goalkeeping Graham Sachtleben
Director of Methodology, Grant Knight
Registrar Renee Post
CUSA's Accountant Jennifer
Professional Head Coach for each team and Trainers implementing the highly respected CUSA curriculum.
Techne - Individual Training App for players to compete against each other using individual skills from home, players compete against each other in league tables to win prizes nationally and internationally (www.technefutbol.com)
All league costs for fall and spring (some teams will compete in two leagues)
All U7-U19 (eight grade) players will have three training sessions per week
Goalkeeper Training twice per week
4-6 tournaments per year
All Coaches Travel and accommodation fees and expenses
Indoor Winter Training Program
Indoor Winter Futsal Program
November through April 1 Winter outdoor turf facilities (two to three times per week).
Soccer Olympics event
Overhead costs associated with running the club (legal, accounting and administrative)
Elite Team program fees cover the following additional expenses:
Dual carding of players
Additional League fees and referee fees
Additional Coaching expenses for higher licensed, more experienced coaches
Additional Coach travel expenses for the multiple league games
What isn't included in the "one club fee"?
Optional warm-ups or other CUSA spirit wear
Optional camps and clinics
Off-season indoor leagues (e.g. Wall-2-Wall)
How does the "one club fee" compare to fees charged by other local clubs?
The CUSA "one club fee" is on par with, or in most cases significantly less than, the aggregated fees required to play for the other local competitive soccer clubs.
A lot clubs misrepresent the actual cost to play and will NOT include things like Futsal or coach's travel and accommodation in their 'online prices'.
Also it is common for clubs to omit the fact that their winter training consists of only 6 weeks of indoor training whereas at CUSA our Winter training is from November to April at Magsig turf field as well as additional indoor space.
Will my team have a professional coach for the season?
Your team will have a professional head coach.
Is my player limited to the one CUSA team for the whole year?
No. Tryouts are an art, not a science.
Players develop at different rates to one another and it is impossible to predict future performance based on past behaviour.
Because of this, players 'sign' to CUSA itself and not an individual team (even though they are registered to a particular team).
This gives CUSA, players and parents much more flexibility when deciding the best fit for the young player.
By way of an example, a player who showed poorly at tryouts may be offered a spot on a certain team.
2 months later this young player might be absolutely flying and, upon discussions with coaches, parents and players, as well as reference to the mid-year Player Evaluation, it might be suggested that the player be moved up a team.
Equally, a player might be struggling at a higher level and again after consultation and a mid-season Player Evaluation, it might be decided that the best fit for the player is to be moved to a team that is more in alignment with their abilities, needs and desires.
How is it possible for CUSA to provide so much soccer programming content and value, and with a high-level staff, for an equivalent or lower "one club fee" when other clubs are not able to do that?
The CUSA organization is subsidized and supported by a highly successful CUSA Labor Day Cup tournament that is put on each fall over Labor Day weekend that reinvests in player development and to reduce club fees.
Do you have policies that cover payment plans, discounts, refunds and financial assistance?
Yes, please see below for a summary of these policies.
Fee Payment Policy
Players may elect to pay their fees in full at the time of registration or at any time prior to the start of the season, or through a payment plan.
For players electing to pay their fees via the payment plan:
A $40 processing fee will apply, $5 per monthly payment.
The first installment ("deposit") is due at the time of registration following try-outs when the player accepts his or her position on a team.
Note: Team assignment offers will typically be made within 48 hours of the last try-out date for each age group. We ask that each player accept or decline a team assignment offer within 48 hours of it being made so that the club can quickly make any necessary adjustments and finalize team rosters.
For all programs except the Fall U15+ program payment plans that consist of eight equal payments are subsequently due on August 1st, September 1st, October 1st, and November 1st, December 1st, January 1st, February 1st, and March 1st.
For all programs except the Fall U15+ program payment plans that consist of four equal payments are subsequently due on July 1st, August 1st, September 1st, and October 1st.
Under extenuating circumstances or conditions not directly covered by this policy, the Director will consider requests for deviation on a case-by-case basis when the request is made in writing.
Families with multiple children who have registered them all by August 1 will receive the following discounts:
$100 discount per child after the first child has registered.
$25 discount for Youth Academy players
Discount gets applied to the lowest costing program.
Upon accepting an offer to join a CUSA team, it's expected that a player is committing for the full year.
Once rosters are set, each team, and therefore CUSA, is subject to certain expenses that cannot be recouped should a player later withdraw from the team.
As such, leaving the team can negatively impact the remaining players both financially and competitively.
Players and families are expected to give serious consideration to this commitment before accepting an offer.
Once a player has accepted an offer and paid the deposit, there will be no refund issued.
Under extenuating circumstances or conditions not directly covered by this policy, the Executive Director will consider refund requests submitted in writing on a case-by-case basis but it should be noted that, as a rule, there is a no refund policy on any monies paid or deposited.
Any decision made to return a portion of fees paid will not include possible multiple processing fees.
From the 2020/21 season onwards, exceptions will be made in relation to the season not occurring as a result of the Corona Virus, where deposits will be returned in full (subject to processing fees).
Financial Assistance Policy
CUSA make every effort to assist families with significant financial hardship so that their child can continue to play soccer.
A limited number of scholarships are awarded annually and they tend to be partial scholarships in exchange for volunteer service back to the club.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, an application must be completed and returned after accepting placement on a team, registering and paying the deposit.
To apply for a scholarship, please provide a detailed explanation of the reasons for your request (one form for each player) with supporting documentation that clearly demonstrates the need (e.g., W-2 or tax returns).
All submissions will be reviewed by the Director of Operations in conjunction with the Club financial staff.
As part of the evaluation process, a request may be made for additional supporting information and documentation.
The scholarship process is confidential. Scholarship requests must be received by July 1st for consideration for the upcoming season.
Late/Delinquent Payment Policy
Every effort will be made to keep players on the field; however, in those cases where a family has not honored the standard fee payment plan, or a modified fee payment plan developed as part of a financial assistance package, the following procedures will apply:
Late payments will be subject to a $25 re-processing fee every time payment is late inclusive of the 2nd late payment onwards.
Returned Checks will result in an additional $30 fee per returned item.