FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

What Soccer programs does Bellevue United FC offer?


Micro (U6/U7), Mod (U8-U11), and Rec (U12+), Juniors (U8/U9), as well as Select teams (U10+). We also offer non-team based training programs such as 2v2, futsal, and spring training depending on the season and age group.




What is the difference between Rec, Select and Premier soccer?


Think of it as a continuum. Recreational (or Rec) soccer is for kids who like soccer and are happy playing only in the fall. Nearly all kids start playing soccer in a Rec program. If they really enjoy it, want to play more, and want to be more competitive, they can try-out for a Select team. Select soccer has a summer tournament season, and a longer fall season, and trains into January regardless if team plays in Founders Cup. Practices are 2 times a week and has a twelve game season. Premier soccer is an eleven month commitment to soccer with practices 2-3 times per week and an 18 game season. It is best suited for players who can commit to a year-around soccer schedule.




What age group should I register my child for?


Bellevue United FC has adopted the new USSF guidelines for age brackets, which is based on the birth year of the player. See the USSF Birth Year and Season Matrix.





SELECT

What is the difference between Recreational and Select Soccer?


Think of it as a continuum. Recreational (or Rec) soccer is for kids who like soccer and are happy playing only in the fall. Nearly all kids start playing soccer in a Rec program. If they really enjoy it, want to play more, and want to be more competitive, they can try-out for a Select team. Select soccer has a summer season, and a longer fall season, and practices into January. Premier soccer is highest level of soccer and most competitive in the state. It is best suited for players who can commit to a year-around soccer schedule, to the cost associated and play no other sport.




How old does my soccer player need to be to play Select?


It varies from club to club. At Bellevue United FC our youngest Select players are U10s. For the 2018 season, that means they were born in 2009. Bellevue United FC has teams for boys and girls from U10-U18, or born between 2009 and 2000.




How competitive is Select Soccer?


At Bellevue United FC our philosophy is to build players skills and knowledge of the game - and make soccer fun! Improving skills and knowledge does not necessarily equate to winning - but over time, ability and knowledge will likely result in wins. We want Select soccer to be fun, because that is what keeps kids playing. We want the kids to want to play and improve and that typically results in Select being more competitive than Rec, but it is not win at all cost approach.




What are the benefits of playing Select soccer?


At Bellevue United FC, our Select teams are coached by professional coaches. All of our coaches have a long history of playing soccer and many years coaching, and are usually licensed. Our coaches help our players build technical skills and knowledge of the game, teach teamwork and sportsmanship, and continue to build a love of the sport. As with most activities, the more you practice, the better you become. And, because the season is longer, the kids (and the parents) build great camaraderie, experience more life lessons and the ups (and downs) of being a team.




How long is the Select season?


At Bellevue United FC, our Select teams practice during the summer and play in 1-3 tournaments. League play starts right away in September, and depending on the age group, ends between mid-November and mid-December. Teams practice in January to either play in the State Cup tournament or an indoor league.




Are there other Select Programs in the area?


Yes. Each of the other Bellevue clubs (Newport Hills Soccer Club, Lake Hills Soccer Club), Mercer Island, Issaquah and Crossfire offer Select programs. While they are similar in a 'more competitive level of play' approach, each club has built their program a little differently, practice in their own locale, some use professional coaches, etc.




How much does Select cost vs. Rec or Premier?


Because Select is an 8-month program, uses professional coaches and plays almost entirely on turf fields our program is approximately $1,200. In addition, there is a uniform kit (home and away uniforms, warm-ups, back packs, practice jerseys, etc.) that is approximately $250. Each team also collects a team fund to cover tournament registration, team building activities, coaches gift, etc. Team fund contributions are roughly $200-$250 per player. The Bellevue United FC Recreational soccer program is a shorter 2-3 month season (depending on age) and uses volunteer parent coaches. Total cost is around $275 and includes registration and a uniform. Premier fees are around $1,500 for the year. Additionally, they have a more expensive uniform kit, maintain a team fund, and depending on the team may participate in tournaments that require airline travel, hotels, etc.




Are scholarships available?


Bellevue United FC is determined to make soccer available to as many children as possible. To this end, we offer a scholarship program which reduces the total registration costs for Recreational players and Select players. Download the Financial Aid form from the Policies and Forms section of the website, fill out the application, and submit it to president@bellevueunitedfc.org as early as two weeks prior to registration opening.




What is the time commitment for my child and our family?


Soccer practices will start in early June. Practices are 90 minutes, twice a week - either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. In the summer our teams typically play in 1-3 tournaments, which will consume a lot of those weekends. In the fall, practices continue twice per week, and there is a game nearly every Saturday. There are a couple weeks off in December, then twice per week practices resume in January with games on Saturdays. We know everyone has commitments that arise, but we expect the players to be at practice unless they are sick or out of town.




How does my soccer player join a team?


Select teams are chosen through a series of two try-outs, each lasting 1-2 hours. Try-outs are each spring, between February and May, depending on gender and age. At check-in each soccer player is given a penny with a number - this is how they are identified by the evaluating coaches. During the two try-outs, the coach will organize different drills and scrimmages through which the players are assessed by 3 different coaches. After both sessions are complete, the evaluation notes are consolidated and teams are posted - by penny number - on the Bellevue United FC website. The minimum and maximum roster size for each team is governed by Washington State Youth Soccer, ranging from 12 players for our youngest teams and up to 18 players for teams that play on a full field.




Where are practices and games?


Bellevue United FC uses the City of Bellevue and Bellevue School District fields in the west Bellevue area for practices and most home games. Occasionally we have to use a field elsewhere in Bellevue. As we play in the North Puget Sound League our away games can be in Bainbridge, Seattle, Shoreline, Tacoma, etc. Saturday games start as early as 9:00am and may start as late as 5:00pm. Some of the older age groups may play on Sundays.




My child plays other sports - can that work?


It depends. During the soccer season, it is hard to play another sport. It is doable, but more often than not there are conflicts with practices and games. That gets hard on everyone. We expect that during fall and early winter soccer is the primary sport. After January, it is no problem and we encourage kids to play other sports.




My child has other activities on Saturdays (i.e. language school, religious activities, etc.) - will that be an issue?


Yes. Games are on Saturdays and teams need all their players. It is unfair to the players who made the team - and those who didn't - for your child to accept a position but not be able to play in games. This is a "must choose" situation - soccer OR cultural school.




Are there soccer travelling trips we are expected participate in?


Yes and no. Once teams are formed, parents meet and decide on which summer tournaments work for most families. There are many tournaments within an hour radius of Bellevue. Some teams choose (and look forward to) doing a tournament in Spokane, Portland, etc. For the fall season, most games are within about a 45-minute drive, with only a few exceptions.




Do any of your teams not follow the traditional select season or costs?


Yes, our Girls 2005 and Girls 2004 teams play in RCL. This is the Regional Club League (premier). The season for the Girls 2005 team is longer (they play June - April) and the costs are higher and there is more travel for these teams. Girls born in 2004 and 2003 will follow the High School Soccer Season. They can play High School Soccer August - November. In late November, their Bellevue United FC season will start. It will continue on through President's Cup in April. High School Boys games are typically on Sunday's, not Saturday's.




Can I get a refund?


Refunds for Select and Premier programs are granted up to June 1st.





RECREATIONAL

When does registration start for the 2020 season?


April 1st! Register by April 22nd to get the early bird discount!




How much does it cost?


2020 Season Micro (U6-U7) fees are $125 if you register prior to April 22nd, after the fee increases to $175. Mod (U8-U11) fees are $225 if you register prior to April 22nd, after the fee increases to $275. Rec (U12+) fees are $225 if you register prior to April 22nd, after the fee increases to $275.




When/Where do the Micro games take place?


Micro games will be Saturday mornings in west Bellevue. Micro teams practice once a week in west Bellevue.




How often do they practice?


Micro and Mod teams typically practice 1 day/week and have 1 game/weekend. Rec teams practice 1 or 2 days/week with 1 game/weekend.




When are games?


Weekends September - November for most Mod and Rec teams, September-October for Micro.




How are Rec teams formed?


We follow the EYSA guidelines as stated in the EYSA Team Formation Policy




Can I be on the same team as the previous year?


Yes, please register by April 22nd to request your spot on previous team.




Can we request a coach or teammate?


Rec teams are formed in a random manner by registration date according the EYSA Team Formation Policy which states teams will be formed based on following criteria: Date and time of registration with payment

  • Gender
  • Age
  • School
  • Home Address




Proof of Age - is this required?


Yes, if you are new to Bellevue United FC you must submit proof of age to be rostered on a team. A copy of the following is acceptable: • State-issued birth certificate (not hospital-issued) • State-issued ID or Enhanced ID Card • Passport, • Military ID • Alien registration card




What is your refund policy?


Refunds for REC programs will only be granted on a case-by-case basis and Club President’s or her/his assignee’s approval. Possible reasons for granting a refund include a change in the player’s health that significantly impacts their ability to play, a change of address, a change in family status, or similar consideration. The deadline to request a refund is July 1st. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount. After July 1st no refunds will be given. Please email recregistrar2@bellevueunitedfc.org the player's name and age, and the payee's name and address.




What can I do if I can't afford the total registration costs?


Bellevue United FC is determined to make soccer available to as many children as possible. To this end, we offer a scholarship program which reduces the total registration costs for Recreational players and Select players. Download the Financial Aid form from the Policies and Forms section of the website, fill out the application, and submit it to president@bellevueunitedfc.org as early as two weeks prior to registration opening.




What programs does Bellevue United FC offer?


Refer to the 2018 Bellevue United FC Rec Soccer section of our site. Micro (U6/U7), Mod (U8-U11), and Rec (U12+), as well as select teams.




Which age category to I register for?


Born September 2010 or later - register for your birthyear (per US Soccer) Born August 2010 or earlier - register by April 22nd if you'd like to play up to return to your same team. Players born August 2010 or earlier can choose between playing their birthyear, or if they are young for their grade (born after January) they can choose to play up in order to stay with their team. Parents should know though that if they choose to play up they will be young for the age group and can be playing with kids up to 18 months older. BUFC encourages kids to play with their birthyear to get the most competitive experience. NOTE: this play up option to return to your existing team is only open if you register by April 22nd! After April 22 you will have to register for your birthyear.





JUNIORS

What is the difference between Juniors and Recreational Soccer?


Juniors is for U8 and U9 players, and has professional coaches instead of volunteer coaches. There will be two practices per week, games on the weekend, and teams will participate in a different league outside of the EYSA Recreational league.





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Bellevue United FC  was previously called Bellevue Youth Soccer.  It is also know as B-United, BUnited, B-UnitedFC, BUnitedFC, and West Bellevue's Soccer Club.