Poway Vaqueros Mission Statement:
The Vaqueros Competitive Soccer program is dedicated to the education and development of players who desire to play soccer at a competitive level. To achieve this, the Vaqueros strive to create an atmosphere of professional instruction on the sound fundamentals of competitive soccer; encourage and demonstrate sportsmanship and good character; and respect our coaches, referees, and fellow soccer players. Emphasis is on participation, sportsmanship, enjoyment of the game, working together as a team, and the physical and mental development of each player.
Vaqueros Academy Competitive Teams:
The competitive program consists of 30+ teams ranging in age from 7 years to 19 years. Vaqueros Academy teams consist of players committed to excelling in their development as a soccer player, and competitive coaches who are committed to training and leading the teams towards excellence. Competitive teams typically begin practicing the first week of May and conclude at the end of the Presidio League Games in the month of November. Our Elite teams and some Premier teams participate in post season play, attending additional tournaments, including the CYSA State or National Cup
During tryouts, we attempt to create as many teams as we can to accommodate those interested in playing competitive soccer. While we may not be able to select each person to play for the Vaqueros Academy, we will do our best. If there is interest and desire we do not wish to discourage your child. We strive to place the players on appropriate skill level teams and have them play at the appropriate skill level for league play.
Elite Teams: Elite teams are comprised of the top talent in each of the specific age groups. A professionally trained and licensed coach is assigned to the team to provide education and training at the highest level and must meet certain requirements relating to their soccer background. Elite team players are selected based on their desire to commit to the team for an entire season, which could be anywhere from 7 to 10 months, and will involve participation in local, and out of town tournaments, including regional and state competitions. Participation on an Elite team is a serious physical, emotional, and financial commitment.
Premier and Select Teams: Premier and Select teams are comprised of developmental players. Each team is assigned a professionally trained and licensed coach. As with the Elite teams, players are selected based on their desire to commit to the team for an entire 7 month season. Players that are successful in developing their skills are often moved up to the Elite team for post season play where room is available.
In an effort to achieve success at a competitive level, the Vaqueros conduct open tryouts annually for all players interested. Tryouts are not limited to residents of the City of Poway.