Tryouts


2019-2020 Age Group Grid

U9 (2011)U13 (2007)U17 (2003)
U10 (2010)U14 (2006)U18 (2001)
U11 (2009)U15 (2005)U19 (2000)
U12 (2008)U16 (2004)

Is tryout pre-register required? Onsite registration is available at tryouts. However, we encourage all participants to pre-registration.  This allows us to plan for equipment and staff, and it streamlines the check-in process.  For on-site registration, a parent or legal guardian MUST attend tryouts and complete the necessary forms and waivers.

What’s the difference between rec and comp?  Recreation soccer is open to all players regardless of experience or skill level.  Rec teams have a balance of both new and returning players. Competitive soccer is for enthusiastic, players who want to compete at a higher level. Teams are formed through open tryouts in age groups from Under-9 Development to Under-19 and includes over 325 players each season.  All teams play a fall season, some teams also play in the spring.   Teams are formed through tryouts.

When are tryouts for the 2019 teams? Tryouts are at the end of February and early March at San Lorenzo Valley High School Turf Field. Each age group will hold two sessions, one week apart. Final dates for 2019 will be posted when available. The time schedule and coach for each age group will be posted soon everyone is encouraged to attend both tryout sessions if possible.

When does the season start? Similar to recreational soccer, the comp soccer season runs September to November. Teams typically practice 2 times per week and most teams start practices in July.

Who should attend tryouts? While a certain amount of skill and athletic ability is necessary to play comp soccer, all players with a desire and a love of the game are encouraged to tryout. Even if a player is not selected for this year’s advanced team, he/she gains valuable experience and is encouraged to keep playing and keep improving and to definitely tryout out again next year. Those players who work hard become the better players.  New players join the program every year. All players must tryout each year (i.e. there are no ‘carryover’ players) to make a team.

What happens at tryouts? Players are assigned a numbered jersey and will participate in drills and small-sided games. Players are evaluated by the head coach and independent qualified, local soccer players and coaches who are not affiliated with the team. The tryouts are conducted to be as fair and impartial to all players as possible.  All players attending tryouts should have and a light snack and some water 30 minutes before tryouts and provide their own water, soccer shoes and shin guards.