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FAQ – CISA Club

Why will 2020 Fall training include player cards?

The coaching staff at Bradley University, led by 25-year head coach Jim DeRose, must comply with NCAA compliance rules.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, all NCAA Division I sports are in a recruiting “dead period” until at least September 30th, 2020  No coaches are allowed to recruit in person during a “dead period” and no identification camps are allowed.  NCAA soccer coaches are allowed to coach club, but we must register the players on a team through U.S. Club Soccer or the IYSA.  If we do not, the training would be counted as a camp and against the rules until the recruiting “dead period” ends.

What guidelines will CISA be following for COVID-19?

CISA will follow the recommendations and mandates of the Illinois Department of Public Health where soccer is currently listed as a medium risk sports and at Level 2.  For more info, please go to the following website:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

CISA will also follow the lead of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association and U.S. Club Soccer.  More info can be found on their websites:

IYSA – https://illinoisyouthsoccer.demosphere-secure.com/illinois-youth-soccer-return-to-play-protocol-updated-august-14

U.S. Club Soccer – https://www.usclubsoccer.org/coronavirus

Will I be eligible to participate if I play another sport?

Yes, we training later in the evening to accommodate athletes who may participate in other sports.  We encourage playing other sports and happy to answer any questions you may have about doing so.

Please contact our staff via email at tregan@fsmail.bradley.edu, if you have any questions..

Will I gain exposure to college coaches?

Yes, we will schedule tournaments appropriately that will put you in front of collegiate coaches from all levels.  Furthermore, our staff has personal relationships with a large number of coaches throughout the country and we would be able to provide any player with recommendations should they be interested.  Since its inception over 60 former CISA players have gone on to play collegiate soccer at the following institutions: Aurora University, Blackburn College, Bradley University, Central College, Coastal Carolina, Concordia University Chicago, Creighton, Dominican University, Eastern Illinois, ICC, Judson College, Loras College, Maryville University, Mercer University, Millikin University, Missouri State University, North Central College, Northern Illinois University, Olivet-Nazarene, Quincy University, Rose-Hulman, St. Ambrose, Trinity International, University of IL – Springfield, UW-Platteville, Wright State and Wartburg College.

Who will be on the coaching staff?

The coaching staff will consist of Bradley University head coach Jim DeRose and his assistant, Tim Regan. For a more detailed biography on both coaches please click here.

Why do participants have to live within a 50 mile radius of Peoria, IL?

Participants must live within a 50 mile radius of Peoria, IL, because the Bradley University coaches are required to adhere to NCAA Bylaws.  Specifically to this matter, bylaw 13.11.2.3 states:  In sports other than basketball, an institution’s coach may be involved in any capacity (e.g., as a participant, administrator or in instructional or coaching activities) in the same sport for a local sports club or organization located in the institution’s home community, provided all prospective student-athlete’s participating in said activities are legal residents of the area (within a 50-mile radius of the institution).

Is there any exception to the 50-mile radius rule?

Yes, if the CISA Senior Age soccer team is the closest and only opportunity in your area you may participate. For instance, if you lived outside of the initial 50-mile radius and no club closer to you than the CISA offered a U18/19 or older soccer team, you would be eligible to participate.

How much will it cost to participate?

The cost of participation varies depending on your involvement in fall / winter training, spring training, and tournaments. Pricing will be updated when the registration process begins.

What will the training schedule be like throughout the winter months and what will it be like during the spring?

During the winter months we will train one or two times per week indoors at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex; training will consist of playing small-sided and full-sided games and individual skill based training. As weather permits we will begin to move outdoors and hope to be able to train at least 2 times per week at the Mossville Soccer Complex, located at 12026 N Old Galena Rd, Mossville, IL 61552 or at the Guardian Angel practice field in West Peoria, IL.

Will the team participate in Illinois State Cup or an Illinois sanctioned league?

No, the team will compete as a tournament team only. However, we will look to schedule friendly matches with other clubs located in the Central Illinois community.

What is a high performance training environment?

In short, a high performance training environment establishes competition at training and enables the team to play and learn in a full sided format daily. Furthermore, at training players will be challenged by limited time and space and the added pressure of opponents in a match like setting. All of which is representative of collegiate training environments.

Will college age players be eligible to participate?

Yes, at the conclusion of your spring semester and upon your return to Peoria you will be eligible to participate in training sessions and matches – restricted only by age/birthdate limitations laid out by tournament or State officials. Please contact our offices directly via email or telephone, tregan@fsmail.bradley.edu to communicate your interest in participating.