Ballistic United Premier and Elite Teams
The Ballistic United Premier/Elite program is the logical progression from the outstanding Select/Advanced and Rec Programs offered by BUSC and its neighboring clubs. Ballistic United teams are composed of some of the best players and coaches from Pleasanton, it's surrounding communities and Northern California. The coaches, trainers, players and their parents are dedicated to the development of advanced soccer technique and tactics. Good sportsmanship and fun are still a major part of our program focus, however, BUSC Premier/Elite players work hard to achieve the soccer success they have come to expect and enjoy.
For our U-9 program, trainings begin twice a week in July. We will participate in local jamborees and typically attend 1 "sleepover" tournament in Sonoma Valley. League runs from September through Mid-November. Mid-November through January 1st will be OFF! We will begin optional trainings once a week In January leading up to placements.
For U10 through U15 teams, optional training starts in April. Many of our players choose to participate in the Nor Cal Spring league but it is not mandatory. All teams get serious in July. During the school year, training sessions are usually held 2 to 3 days per week for an hour and a half to two hours. The District III/IV Al Caffodio or GSSL playing league fall season starts in September and goes to mid-November. Premier/Elite tournaments for U11-U19 start in late July and are normally held once a month through February. Premier/Elite jamborees for U10 are scheduled during the same time frame. The playing season ends with the State Cup tournament, which starts in January for U-11 through U-13 and March for U-14 through U-18. Ballistic training sessions cease in mid-November for the winter high school soccer season for U-14 through U-18 with training resuming in mid-February following the conclusion of the High School season.
The competition is with and against the best. Players selected for a Ballistic United Premier/Elite team must expect to work hard individually at home and at team training sessions to improve their level of play. United teams are for players who want to be challenged to grow in their soccer skills and love of the game. Parents must also devote significant time, effort and energy supporting their player, their team and the club.
Placements for Premier/Elite teams are held in early spring. Players trying out for the Premier/Elite teams must attend as many of the Premier/Elite placements as possible. Teams will be selected and announced within a week of their final placement date.
Professional coaching is a major benefit of Ballistic United. Premier coaches are some of the most dedicated, trained and experienced in Northern California. Ballistic United brings the best coaching resources in the East Bay and beyond to the players in our program. The clubs Technical Director of Coaching & Player Development recruits and contracts qualified coaches to work with the players. The Director of Coaching and the Board of Directors of BUSC set coaching fees for the program.
The Al Caffodio and GSSL playing leagues are made up of teams from Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Newark and Fremont and other local communities. There are usually 10 league games of which half are played in Pleasanton. Nor Cal leagues usually involve other clubs within Northern California as well – teams from Sacramento, Santa Rosa and San Jose are often included. Club Tournaments are held throughout California. The coach and clubs Technical Director of Coaching & Player Development determine the number of tournaments and their locale. Ballistic United philosophy is that quality is better than quantity. Most teams travel to tournaments in Southern California and occasionally out of state. U-11 through U-18 Teams will generally play 30 to 50 games per season.
Players on Premier/Elite teams separately purchase higher quality shorts, socks and uniform tops than Rec teams.
With professional coaching, fields, travel and the intensity of the program it costs more to support Premier/Elite players than Select/Advanced or Rec programs. Parents of Premier/Elite players are responsible for covering the additional costs of this coaching, uniforms/equipment and travel. Specifics on cost for the year are available at the competitive placements.
Premier/Elite Program Fees