ECNL – 1 Page Factsheet

ECNL Boys Program

The goal of the Elite Clubs National League is to change the landscape for elite soccer players in the United States through innovative, player centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach and club development model.

Pride Soccer Club will place it’s highest U15-19 Competitive Boys teams in the ECNL Mountain Division beginning in the Fall of 2018.  Pride will also enter a U14 team.

ECNL/Competitive Staff– Under the guidance of our Technical Director and our Directors’ of Coaching, exceptional Age Group Trainers, and Coaches, Pride teams are exposed to a wide array of soccer knowledge and experience. Our staff consists of coaches who have playing experience ranging from collegiate to international teams as well as coaching experience ranging from competitive to collegiate.

ECNL Soccer Season
U14 Boys – July through May
U15-U19 Boys – November through May (*ECNL teams will also train weekly during the Fall season)

Mountain Division games are played on Saturdays and Sundays. Home games are played at the Pride Soccer Complex while away games will take place at the home of our competitiors.

The ECNL program consists of regional competition and college showcases.  The Mountain Division includes 4 Colorado clubs – Pride, Arsenal, Real Colorado and Storm and 2 clubs from New Mexico – Rio Rapids and New Mexico Rush.  Showcases will expose our players to some of the best competition in the region.

ECNL Program Fees– Detailed fee disclosure forms are available at the Pride office for all levels of Pride  teams as well as prior to tryouts. Pride Soccer Club has always offered some of the most affordable competitive fees in the state. Tournament fees, field rental expenses, and travel expenses are additional fees collected at team levels.

ECNL/Competitive Uniforms– Pride Soccer Club is proud to be sponsored by Adidas. Complete kits consist of two pairs of socks, two pairs of shorts, and two jerseys. Warm-ups, bags and additional gear may be purchased.

 

ECNL/Competitive Program Questions and Answers

What will the format of the tryout look like?

We’ll do a combination of technical exercises, small-sided games, and full-field scrimmages in order to determine the technical ability of all of the players and suitability for each team.

How will the players be evaluated?

Players will be evaluated on their technical abilities, as well as, their decision making capabilities and physical attributes.

How will the players be grouped?

The players are divided into groups based on their current teams and ongoing evaluations throughout the year.  There will be movement from group to group during the three day tryout based on each player’s individual performance level.

Do the players need to be at all three nights of the tryout?

Yes, they do. In the event of a conflict, please tell us in advance that your child may be absent so that we can plan accordingly.

Is there really any need for a tryout?

Yes. While we evaluate players as much as possible throughout the year, the coaches need to make comparisons in our own controlled environment. There are also a number of players new to the club who come to tryouts every year. Players will be selected on merit and not necessarily according to where they have played previously.

When will the teams be formed and when should I expect a phone call?

While it is a three day tryout, we will form our rosters as soon as possible during the process so that everyone receives a phone call in a timely fashion.

Do I have to accept the offer of placement and how long do I have to decide?

Offers are made based on what we deem to be the most appropriate environment for your player’s development in order to reach his/her full potential.  You do not have to accept the offer, however, placement will then be made on a lower level team.  If you need time to think things over, we invite you to do so though you may be given a time frame for an answer since other players’ notification could be pending on your decision.

Parental Involvement at the tryouts

Parents will be asked to sit away from the field during the tryouts. We will not have parents sit by the side of the field as we need to be able to communicate directly with the players without them being distracted.

How do Pride’s teams differ?

Each age group has a hierarchy of teams ranging from super league to challenge level.  Competition and travel depend on the level of team with the higher level teams (Champions League) traveling to out of state tournaments, as well as, in state.  Centennial League teams typically stay in state for tournaments at the younger ages but may travel out of state as they get older.  Team disclosure forms, which detail time and monetary commitment, will be available prior to tryouts.

How many players will there be on each roster?

Roster sizes differ from team to team as we seek to find the most appropriate spot for each player.  Teams in the U14 – U19 age groups will carry an appropriate number of players due to the 11v11 format, injuries and the higher demands as players get older.

Can my child play multiple sports/High School Soccer?

Yes!!! It is a popular myth that Pride players cannot have multiple commitments or play several sports. We have world class athletes on some of our older Predator teams at the moment. Those teams require great commitment, but we feel that well-rounded athletes can contribute significantly to our program.  We will not discourage players from sampling what is out there. Players and parents, alike, should simply communicate with the coach ahead of time and work together to ensure a positive experience for all concerned.

Players in the ECNL program can also take part in High School soccer in addition to remaining on an ECNL roster.  During the High School season, Pride’s ECNL teams will continue to train on a weekly basis, including Sundays, on which day participation is expected.

Further Questions?

Diego Zaltron
ECNL Boys Director
719 597-6700 x209
dzaltron@pridesoccer.com

Brian Contreras
Senior Boys Director of Coaching
719 597-6700 x203
bcontreras@pridesoccer.com