CSK FAQ: Frequently
• MEDICAL CARE
What is the College
Kickoff (CSK) is a nationally recognized invitational showcase
for youth soccer players getting ready to enter their junior
or senior year in high school. USA and Canadian U16, U17
and U18 club teams registered for the
2012-2013 seasonal year are eligible to apply. Geographic
diversity will be considered. Once accepted, teams will be
classified as CSK U19. This is a showcase. No teams can advance
and no awards are given. Three (3) 90-minute games are guaranteed.
Unlimited substitution is allowed to maximize college-scouting
exposure for the players. Maximum roster size is 18 players
with a limit of three 2013 high school graduates. CSK will
be held Jul 25-26 (Girls) and Jul 27-28 (Boys), 2013 at Muscatine,
Why should our team consider CSK?
Most USA recruiting
showcases are East Coast, West Coast or Gulf Coast events
and are a part of a traditional tournament. The CSK is a Midwest
chance for players and colleges to meet in a “think
different” environment and compete at a high-level on
some of the best soccer fields in the world. Team coaches,
managers and parents who want to access to Midwest college
soccer programs will find abundant opportunity at CSK.
Who manages and sponsors CSK?
The Iowa Soccer
Association (ISA) and CollegeInfo are co- sponsors of CSK.
ISA is a non-profit affiliate of US Soccer for the State of
Iowa. CollegeInfo is a career and college counseling service
operated by Ramona and Kent Barber. Our all-volunteer CSK
Staff averages over 20 years of experience with youth soccer
programs. In addition, the City of Muscatine, IA maintains
and provides the superb facilities of the Muscatine Soccer
Complex and the Muscatine Soccer Club furnishes volunteer
Field Marshalls for every CSK game.
Who do I contact if I still have questions about CSK?
Call Ramona or
Kent Barber at 515-223-0987. Be sure to leave a message if
teams can apply to CSK?
USYSA U16, U17
and U18 club teams registered for the
2012-2013 seasonal year are eligible to apply. However, once
accepted, teams will be referenced as CSK U19. Competitive
level will determine bracketing. The majority of players on
CSK 2013-eligible teams will be entering their junior or senior
year in the fall of 2013. Each team is limited to three 2013
high school graduates. For girls, up to 12 teams composed mostly of players entering their junior year of high school in the fall will be accepted. For the remainder of the girls teams and all of the boys teams, priority
will be given to teams composed mostly of players entering
their senior year in the fall. For those seniors who are not
already being actively recruited by a college, this could
be one of their last and best chances to establish contact
with college scouts. A large number of NCAA I Women's coaches have requested that we admit a limited group of the most highly competitive younger girls teams. Other college
coaches overwhelmingly prefer to evaluate players who will
Our U16 team wins against top older teams.
What are our chances of being invited?
Highly competitive younger teams
have the best chance. The number that can be accepted is limited
and varies from year to year. Only highly competitive younger teams
that have a majority of players entering their junior year
in September of 2013 should apply. Up to 12 girls teams composed mostly of players entering their junior year of high school in the fall will be accepted. With boys teams, it is impossible
to know whether or not younger teams will be accepted until all applications have
Do you accept applications from tournament teams composed
of players from multiple club teams?
CSK only accepts applications from competitive youth club teams that have a history of competing in state, regional and national competitions.
Not all of our
players can attend for both days. Is it possible to get a
game rescheduled or play three games in one day?
These are 90 minute, highly competitive games that are usually
played during very hot weather. Therefore, CSK games are scheduled
with an equal amount of time between games so that all players
are competing with an equal opportunity for rest. For the
safety of the players, our Certified Athletic Trainers want
us to limit the number of games played/day to two (one AM
+ one PM). Changing game times for any one team would
create impossible scheduling problems with the other teams.
The college coaches have specifically requested that we stick
with our established and proven schedule.
How do we submit
a CSK Application? Will our check be cashed?
You can download
and complete the CSK13 Application after January 15, 2013.
Complete and submit the application by mail with a check made
payable to ISA for the entry fee (US Dollars). Each CSK Application
MUST include Parts 1 and 2 plus a Part 3 Preliminary Roster
and entry fee. PLEASE— NO FAX OR EMAIL. If teams are
similar, postmark or on-line application date may be a considered.
CSK entry-fee checks will be cashed. Your entry fee is refundable
prior to June 1. After June 15, entry fees will be refunded
to teams that are not invited. Entry fees will NOT be refunded
to invited teams that withdraw after June 15. All refunds
will be paid directly from ISA (allow two weeks). Any surplus
funds are donated to the ISA. This is a non-profit activity.
How and when will our team be notified of the status of our
The CSK Application
deadline is May 15. Results of State Cup (NYCC) and Memorial
Day Tournaments may be used to finalize acceptance and bracketing.
All CSK TEAM CONTACTS will be notified June 20-25.
Packets with information for players and parents will be sent
to invited teams on or soon after June 20.
What is the CSK Player Data form?
The CSK Player
Data form is included with the CSK Application and should be completed for each player on your
team before school closes in the spring. Keep the completed
CSK Player Data forms filed until you receive your CSK invitation
packet on or about June 20. Then, your CSK TEAM CONTACTS will
use the information to complete your team’s CSK Team
Roster. CSK officials compile these Rosters in a book that
is given to all college coaches who attend CSK. Even if your
team does not receive an invitation to the CSK, the information
that you have collected can still be used to complete the
CSK Team Roster Template. Then, your team will have a useful
one-page roster for other events.
How does CSK communicate
The CSK Application
asks for complete contact information on two individuals —
usually (but not always) the Team Manager and Coach. A WORKING
EMAIL ADDRESS IS REQUIRED for BOTH. These are designated as
the CSK TEAM CONTACTS. If designated individuals cannot fulfill
their responsibilities, equally responsible and available
replacement must be chosen and the CSK notified by email or
What are the responsibilities of the CSK Team Contacts?
CSK TEAM CONTACTS
are responsible for ALL communication with CSK officials regarding
the application process as well as the timely distribution
of CSK and college information to players and parents. They
are also required to prepare and submit a CSK Team Roster
NO LATER than July 15 and to register their team on-site at
the Muscatine Soccer Complex.
Why is the distribution of CSK information to players and
of CSK and college information to players and parents gives
families enough time to contact college coaches, send them
game times and opponents and perhaps even schedule some campus
visits prior to the CSK. This is the most important responsibility
of the CSK TEAM CONTACTS. RECRUITING OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE
LOST IF THE THEY DO NOT DISTRIBUTE CSK MATERIALS IN A TIMELY
Why does the CSK College Coach RSVP information have to be
distributed by the CSK Team Contacts of each invited team?
Wouldn't it be easier just to post this information on the
most other tournaments and showcases, CSK provides addresses,
phone numbers and many emails of college coaches with the
material that we mail to each invited team. EVERY coach
that we list has indicated that he/she is planning to attend
or seriously considering attending CSK. Most tournament sites
list only the name of the college based on the prior year's
attendance and give NO contact information whatsoever.
out how to reach the coaches is one of the biggest challenges
that players and their families face when trying to write
to colleges. Many of the coaches are away from their
college addresses during the summer and the Coach RSVP information
that teams are mailed is the most up-to-date information available
for contacting them. The vast majority of the coaches
do NOT want their personal information on a public website.
They have been promised that their information will
be sent ONLY to invited teams. So, we rely on the CSK TEAM
CONTACTS for each team to make SURE that this information
is COPIED and DISTRIBUTED to their team in a TIMELY manner.
Hopefully, everyone involved can understand why these coaches
do not want their private information plastered all over the
Do all invited
CSK Teams have to submit a CSK Team Roster?
Yes. CSK Team Rosters
will be distributed in a book to college coaches attending
the College Search Kickoff. If your team is invited to CSK,
your CSK TEAM CONTACTS will receive an email by June 20 or
shortly thereafter that will include instructions on how to
prepare a CSK Team Roster. A standard format is important
for the accuracy, completeness and ease-of-use of this player
reference. Data on your entire team is listed on a single
page. Completing the CSK Player Data form for each player
on your team before school dismisses in the spring will help
your team meet the deadline. Players and parents should ask
for a copy of this form from their CSK TEAM CONTACTS.
We have not received any CSK information from our team. What
do we do?
of CSK and college information is the responsibility of your
team coach or manager or another designated CSK TEAM CONTACT.
CSK emails all materials to invited teams around June 20-25. This
information includes a list of addresses for the college coaches
who have returned a CSK RSVP indicating that they are planning
to attend or seriously considering coming to CSK. It also
includes CSK game schedules and times. Get in touch with your
CSK TEAM CONTACTS immediately and make sure that all information,
including the CSK College Coaches list is distributed to every
member of your team. If you cannot get in touch with this
individual, call Kent or Ramona Barber at (515) 223-0987.
In case of an emergency, how can we contact our team during
The on-site CSK
Emergency Phone number: (563) 264-0536. This number will be
activated Jul 26-29, 2012.
What colleges attend
About 250 college
soccer coaches attend each year. The coaches represent an
excellent cross-section of programs from NCAA I, II and III
plus NAIA, NJCAA and Independents. Most are from the Midwestern
USA. It is also common for coaches from outside the Midwest
to come to the CSK to evaluate players. Coaches from outside
the Midwest often arrange for a scout to evaluate prospects.
Players should contact colleges that interest them. The college
soccer community has been very supportive of CSK and coaches
will make an effort to evaluate players who are sincerely
interested in their schools. Therefore, a better question
might be “What colleges are your players going to invite
to the CSK?”
Is there a list of CSK College Coaches? Can I get a copy?
The CSK Colleges
RSVP list provides contact information on coaches who
have indicated an interest in attending by returning their
CSK RSVP or registering on the Internet. This list of college coaches is NOT a "list of college coaches that will be in attendance". These coaches may or may not attend. Most NCAA I coaches plus some others WILL NEVER RSVP because they do not want to deal with a massive amount of correspondence. You should know that about 30-40% of the colleges that do attend the showcase will not RSVP. The CSK College RSVP list will
be posted on the Internet or emailed to your CSK TEAM CONTACT.
CSK does not publish a post-event list of coaches who attend.
Should players write to colleges not on the CSK College Coach
Yes. The CSK College
RSVP list provides information to help players contact
coaches who have returned their CSK RSVP. However, experience
has shown that most coaches are likely to attend CSK or send
a scout if they are aware that quality players have a specific
interest in their soccer programs.
Can we hand out our team information to college coaches at
Yes. We permit
teams to hand out their team booklets or player profiles to
the coaches watching their games. However, some college coaches
find this distracting. So, although you will be allowed to
hand out your materials, we ask that you do not talk to the
coaches or distract them in any way. As another option, teams
and individuals can also bring their extra handout materials
to the CSK Team Registration desk. CSK Volunteers will make
certain that this information is made available to the college
Are players and parents allowed to talk to college coaches
at the CSK?
have specific rules about when and where they may have contact
with high school players. Athletic Association rules or school
policies may prohibit coaches from talking to players during
the CSK. NCAA III, NAIA, Independents and NJCAA coaches have
fewer restrictions. NCAA I and NCAA II coaches have more restrictions.
Coaches may or may not choose to discuss college possibilities
at the CSK. They will be very busy evaluating many players.
We ask players and parents NOT to approach college coaches.
They should let the coaches initiate any contact. Remember—when
the time comes, coaches prefer to talk with PLAYERS rather
What is the CSK College Fair?
The CSK College
Fair is a four-day activity held in a special tent where players
and parents can get information on colleges and soccer programs
represented at the CSK. Each coach is offered the opportunity
to bring display and handout materials for the Fair. Some
colleges even send admissions officers and set up their own
displays. The CSK College Fair is about sharing information
and stimulating student-athletes to think about academics
and future careers.
Our team tryouts
are held in the spring. How does this affect bracketing?
recognizes that team tryouts are often held during the spring
and summer and that teams can experience some turnover in
players. In the past, this has not been a significant problem
for the most of the teams invited to CSK. However, it can
be a concern when teams are bracketed. Significant changes
in the rosters that will affect the competitive level of applicant
teams are expected to be reported to CSK ASAP.
When and where
is CSK Team check-in? Who is responsible for check-in?
CONTACTS (see FAQ: COMMUNICATION) should register their team two hours before their first game at the fields. The only exception is that Boys Group A teams must register NO LATER than 7:00 AM Saturday. Girls will play
Jul 25-26 (registration begins Thursday at the fields
at 12:00 noon). Boys will play Jul 27-28 (registration
is at the fields anytime on Friday afternoon before 7:00 PM or two hours before their first game on Saturday morning unless the team is playing in group A). Your Goalkeeper is REQUIRED to report to the CSK Registration Desk with the game jerseys that he/she intends to wear NO LESS than 1 hour before your first game. Other players do NOT need to
What materials are needed for CSK team check-in?
for check-in include a copy of each team’s Permit to
Travel and Official Travel Roster from your State or Provincial
Association, a signed and notarized Medical Release for each
player plus a valid USYSA or Canadian Player Pass for each
player. You should also bring an up-to-date copy of the CSK
Team Roster (sorted by player number) if any roster changes
have been made since the CSK Team Roster was submitted in
July. ALL PLAYER NUMBERS MUST MATCH THE NUMBERS LISTED FOR
EACH PLAYER ON THE CSK TEAM ROSTER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
What players are eligible to participate
The majority of
players on CSK 2013-eligible teams should be entering their
junior or senior year in high school during the fall of 2013
(See FAQ: GENERAL: “What is the College Search Kickoff?”).
A limited number of younger players already rostered on applicant
teams will be allowed to participate. With the exception of
a few “Blue Chip” players who are identified early
through the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and high-profile
national events such as US Youth Soccer National Championship
Series (USYSNCS), most college coaches are NOT interested in evaluating
freshmen and sophomores. Priority will be given to teams that
have a majority of players entering their senior year during
September of 2013.
What is a pre-game CSK player verification? Why is it important?
In addition to
the usual pre-game inspection by the referee crew, a verification
of player numbers will be made by CSK officials to confirm
that each individual player is in fact wearing a uniform with
the number that matches their number listed on the CSK Team
Roster. The reason for this should be obvious—it is
impossible for a college coach to evaluate a player who is
not accurately identified.
Can my son or daughter participate in CSK as a guest player?
has a flexible guest-player policy. The only restriction (except
for the required player card, travel papers and notarized
permit to treat) is that teams cannot roster more than three
2013 graduates. However, there is no way to guarantee that
your son or daughter will be able to find a spot as a guest
player. Let us be clear that we are not able to "place"
guest players. But, we WILL (after June 25) furnish potential
guest players with a list of accepted teams and their contacts.
It is up to the player who wants to guest to contact these
teams by phone to investigate the possibilities. We would
encourage you to pursue the possibility of participating
as a guest with an invited team. Go to the APPLY page to sign up for guest player information.
What are the qualifications
of CSK referees?
CSK referees are USSF Referees. They are
almost all Grade 7 or higher. Most are certified State Referees
or are upgrading to State level. Some are National referees
and/or National Candidates. A few selected Grade 8 Referees
may be invited by the referee committee based on their performance
on the field at high-level USYSA tournaments as judged by
top-level referee assessors throughout the Midwest. We do
NOT use rookies for this showcase.
I am a qualified referee. Who do I contact to about participating
in being considered to work the CSK should contact Phillip
Sinnwell, State Director of Referee Assessment and CSK Director
of Officials at (515) 276-6356 or email@example.com. Applicants should send a list of qualifications, recent tournaments worked and professional references. Not all applicants can be accepted, even if they are highly qualified.
FAQ: MEDICAL CARE
Why is a Medical
Release required for each player?
The health and
safety of players participating in CSK is very important.
Many players are far from home without a parent or guardian
present. In case of injury, a signed and notarized Medical
Release is needed to authorize treatment and designate an
adult responsible for making emergency decisions (NO EXCEPTIONS).
It is the responsibility of the CSK TEAM CONTACTS to obtain
a proper Medical Release for every player on their team. These
MUST be made available to CSK officials at team check-in before
the start of the first game.
What type of medical assistance is available to players at
CSK employs Certified
Athletic Trainers (ATC) to consult with players, provide pre-game
assistance and attend to injuries at the game site. These
professionals specialize in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation
of athletic injuries. All are First Aid and CPR Certified
by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Altogether,
our ACT offer more than 40 years of real-world experience
with college, high school and semi-pro athletics as well as
working with licensed physical therapists. Our ACT hold B.S.
degrees in Sports Medicine (athletic training) from accredited
national universities. Some also have M.S. degrees.
What medical facilities are available in Muscatine?
In the event of
injury, first-class EMT care is provided by the city of Muscatine.
Medical, dental, eye and other specialists are also available
locally or at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A
list of hospitals, clinics and medical specialists will be
distributed to each team at check-in.