Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is WESA?
    • The West Elk Soccer Association (WESA) is a newly forming soccer association that will be taking over the administration duties for U12 and U14 soccer from the Town of Crested Butte Parks and Rec. Department beginning in Spring 2015. In Fall 2015, the U10 age group will also move over to WESA. We are working closely with the Rec. Department to ensure a seamless transition. We also look forward to working and collaborating with the Gunnison program - we are a club for the valley as a whole, all ages, and all developmental levels!
    • What is WESA's mission?
    • WESA is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting and fostering the development of soccer for youth and adults living in, and visiting, the Gunnison Valley. We are dedicated to providing our participants with a fun, high-quality soccer experience that encourages sportsmanship and a love of the game through the development of player, coach, referee, and team.
    • Is WESA a select club? Will my child have to tryout in order to play with WESA?
    • WESA is not a select club – kids of all levels and abilities may sign up to play. No tryout is required to play soccer for WESA.
    • Will there be select teams or non-traveling teams?
    • As happens in the Rec. Program now, if there are enough kids for more than one team, then teams may be split according to ability. However, all teams will still be involved in league and tournament play and all are considered travel teams (at the U12/14 age groups). If league/tournament play seems inappropriate for a particular team, then an alternative game schedule may be pursued. This would happen at the discretion of the coach and Program Director.
    • Will the practice squad option still be offered through WESA?
    • Yes. If your child cannot or does not want to commit to league travel, and/or has other obligations that prevent them from traveling or being available for games, then they can sign up to be on the practice squad. Practice squad players practice with the team but are not put on a league team and are not allowed to play in league games. If a friendly game is scheduled during the season, they are allowed to play in those games. Practice squad players pay a lower price than rostered kids.
    • What age groups will play under WESA?
    • U12 and U14 boys and girls will move from the Rec. Dept. to WESA in the spring of 2015; U10s will join in Fall 2015. U6 and U8 will remain under the Rec. Dept. Our goal is to also offer programs for the U16/U18 age groups as well as continue to develop and support adult soccer in the valley. Our summer program will be offered to all age groups – U6 and up.
    • Can my child still play with the Rec. Dept if they are in one of these age groups?
    • No – the Crested Butte Rec. Dept. will no longer offer soccer for these age groups.
    • Why is Parks and Rec. giving up part of the soccer program?
    • Much like hockey, the soccer program has outgrown the Rec. Dept. The Rec. Dept. does not have the staffing or resources to keep up with the growth and increased desires of the older age groups. The older age groups have moved toward league and more competitive play, which is outside the scope of the Rec. Dept.’s mission statement. Moving part of soccer out of the rec. dept. will allow it to grow beyond what the Rec. Dept. can offer.
    • How is the U12/U14 program different from U10?
    • Beginning with U12, teams are entered into an official league. Currently, we play in the Southwest League that includes teams from Telluride, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Durango and Moab. Because we play in a league, registration deadlines are earlier and they are also truly deadlines – if you don’t register by the registration deadline there is a good chance your child will not be allowed to play on a league team. League play also requires us to verify birthdates and player cards and rosters are required at every game.
    • Will the WESA program cost more than the Rec. program?
    • Because we are a private, non-profit club, fees will be slightly higher than what the rec. program charges now. For example, fees for the U14 age group this fall were $150 through the Rec. Department. Anticipated fees for Fall 2015 through WESA will be approximately $250. However, this amount will include tournament fees for 1-2 tournaments. Previously, tournaments were an add-on fee. WESA plans to give every team the same opportunity to attend a tournament each season. For U10s, fall 2014 fees were $100. Anticipated fees through WESA for Fall 2015 will be approximately $150. Should WESA decide to offer league play to the U10 age group then fees may be slightly more.

      In order for us to keep our fees low, we rely heavily on donations, sponsors and grants to offset the costs of the club. Scholarships are also available for those in need.