Development teams are formed based on the player's home/school location, past teammates, and an evaluation process conducted by the ASE Training and Coaching Staff. The evaluations are meant to try to maintain equitable teams without having the traditional A, B, C teams.
How do Development teams train and practice?
Development teams are part of the ASE Development Program and train following a player-centric model of guided discovery by allowing the game to be the teacher. Read more about the unique training environment in the director's open letter to parents:
Development Program Information.pdf
How much travel is involved with a Development team?
Inland Northwest Copa leagues play games primarily in eastern Washington and western Idaho. Typically there are no overnight stays involved and each fall and spring season has four or five away games. Often games are combined into a double header in one day to lessen the number of times traveling.
Development teams are likely to attend one or maybe two tournaments throughout the year which typically require overnight stays. This is up to the parents and coaches of each team.
Once your child has made a Development team you must complete your registration payment after paying the initial tryout fee. There are four additional costs that you can expect to incur; Player Kit Fees (uniforms, bags, warm-ups), Tournament Fees, Coaches Equipment, Travel Expenses.
Player Kit - Each player is required to purchase the minimum player kit which includes your home and away game jersey, shorts, and socks. Player kit fees are collected shortly after the team is formed. The player kit typically runs about $140 tax. You may also buy ASE warm-ups (and an ASE bag for additional cost).
League Fees - PSPL Inland Copa league fees are currently $75 per team per season (fall and spring).
Tournament Fees - These largely depend on the number, and type, of tournaments that your team chooses to compete in. These fees are difficult to estimate for the year although, typically Development teams compete in one or two tournaments ranging from $350 to $750 each. These tournaments are chosen based upon the coach with parent input.
Travel Fees - These vary by individual based on many factors. But you will have to travel occasionally to games and/or tournaments. You will incur gas, food, lodging expenses if you attend.
Coaches Equipment - Coaches may need some cones, pinnies, nets, or other training equipment to help train your team. Our coaches are volunteers spend a lot of time training and preparing, as well as coaching your child. Team purchase of equipment to be used during the season is a common way to help minimize the coaches expenses.
Note: Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds through team sponsorships and team fundraising. Team sponsorships are divided equally amongst the team to reduce individual player costs. Team fundraising is based upon the amount of players participating in the fundraising. Players may also get individual sponsorships for their portion of the costs.