As a club, we are excited to return to the soccer field. We know the kids are anxious to get back out there and compete! In a week, we will be hosting our club tryouts for all boys and girls teams. You must be entering 2nd grade to qualify for the travel soccer program and born in 2011 or later to qualify for the state league tryouts.
With all the excitement surrounding our return to play, we want to share the guidelines and format that we will be following for the tryout sessions. This will help us ensure the health and safety of all participating and share what steps we, as a club, are taking to evaluate all players fairly.
HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
- Please ARRIVE 15 minutes prior to your tryout start time and look for the check-in table near the pavilion for the following...
- All players must have Infectious Disease Waiver signed prior to tryouts. No player will be able to participate in the tryout without their waiver completed. We ask that you print the waiver, sign it, and present it upon checking in at the tryout. We will have waivers available at check-in, but this may delay your child's participation in the tryout. Tryouts will start promptly at the designated times.
- All players must come with their own ball and water. If your child does not have their own ball and water, they will not be able to attend the tryout.
- All players will have their temperature taken and logged. Any individual who does not meet temperature standards will be asked to leave the tryout. We will attempt to reschedule at a later date.
- Once their temperature is cleared and logged, they will be asked to go to a designated cone to place their belongings (water, soccer bag, belongings, etc.). They will remain at their designated cone until the coach calls upon them to begin the session.
- Please be sure to come to tryout with both your Bay White and Bay Blue Jerseys. This does not pertain to the Pre-Travel Group.
- WE ASK ALL PARENTS TO REFRAIN FROM GATHERING AROUND THE TRYOUT SESSIONS. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE OR STAY ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE WALKER PARK DRIVEWAY FROM WHERE THE TRYOUTS ARE TAKING PLACE. PLEASE DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.
As a club we are doing our best to follow certain guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of our children. If you do not feel comfortable with the process or have any questions, feel free to contact Bryan Ruocco at [email protected] (Boys Commissioner) or Nicole Anderson at [email protected] (Girls Commissioner).
Regarding Player Evaluations for Travel and State League
- Player evaluations consist of a body of feedback from Coaches, Trainers, and Independent Trainers over a course of a full year (in this case, Fall/Winter) and the upcoming Evaluation date.
- It is a very thorough process but certainly is not perfect.
- Specifically regarding the format of Evaluations: First 20-25 minutes, players will rotate through 4 stations (5 minutes each). The remaining 30 minutes, players will be in a competitive game situation: in a small sided scrimmage or keep away. Stations are listed below. Players can practice at home. These are drills all players should be familiar with through previous training sessions.
- Juggling: simplest way to measure players ability to control soccer ball.
- Touch on ball: we will look to see how a player receives/traps the ball from a pass and then how player distributes / passes the ball with accuracy.
- Fitness / speed dribble with ball: in simple form, we will look to understand player’s fitness and athletic/speed with ball.
- Cone dribbling: we will look to see how a player performs quick touches to guide the ball around 6 cones in a controlled pattern.
- Competitive / game-situations: in a scrimmage or keep-away format – players will be placed in a competitive environment.
We look forward to a great week of Evaluations and seeing all the players back on the field!