Portage Soccer Club Tryouts for 2017-2018

This year, tryouts will be on Saturday, June 17th at the Portage Soccer Complex located at 4422 Bishop Ave, Portage, MI 49002.  

ALL players, regardless of their gender or skill level, will try out on that day, based on the following schedule:

  • Girls and Boys Premier [U13-U19] and High School [U16-U19]: registration: 8:30 a.m., tryouts: 9am – 10:30am
  • Girls Elite and Select [U9-U15]: registration: 10:30 a.m., tryouts: 11am – 12:30pm
  • Boys Elite and Select [U9-U15]: registration: 12:30 p.m., tryouts: 1pm – 2:30pm

Please note:

  • Players must pre-register on GotSoccer prior to the tryout date.
  • Tryouts are at the Portage Soccer Complex at 4422 Bishop Ave, Portage, MI 49002
  • For Premier, Elite and High School teams, players can try out for their legacy team
  • All players will check-in 60 minutes prior to scheduled tryout time to receive field assignment and free tryout t-shirt
  • 2010-2011 birth year Academy players will need to register, but do not need to tryout

Boys Teams 2017-2018 Season

Level Birth year Age Group Team Name Coach
N/A 2011-2010 U7/U8 Academy TBD
Select 2009 U9 PSC 09 Green Baba Daranijoh
Select 2008 U10 PSC 08 Green Mark Murry
Select 2008 U10 PSC 08 White Mark Murry
Select 2007 U11 PSC 07 Green Ryan Soule
Phil Kaczmarski
Select 2007 U11 PSC 07 White Mark Murry
Elite 2006 U12 PSC 06 Green Sean Hurley
David Rice
Select 2006 U12 PSC 06 White John Power
Premier 2005 U13 PSC 05 Green

David Rice 
John Twiehaus

Select 2005 U13 PSC 05 White Paul Mullins
Premier 2004 U14 PSC 04 Green Wayne Harpenau
Select 2004 U14 PSC 04 White Sean Cole
Select 2003 U15 PSC 03 Green John Power
Select 2003 U15 PSC 03 White Robb Nanninga
Alex Schramm
Premier 2002-2003 U16 PSC 02 Green Jen Leone
Premier 2001-2002 U17 PSC 01 Green John Twiehaus
Select 2001-2002 U17 PSC 01 White TBD
Premier 2000-2001 U18 PSC 00 Green Brian Lam
Elite 2001-2000 U18 PSC 00 White Alejandro Vinasco
Premier 1999 U19 PSC 99 Green Maarten Vonhof

PSC Girls Teams 2017-2018 Season

Level Birth year Age Group Team Name Coach
N/A 2011-2010 U7/U8 Academy TBD
Select 2009 U9 PSC 09 Green Dave Areaux
Select 2008 U10 PSC 08 Green Wayne Harpenau
Select 2008 U10 PSC 08 White Bill Dietzel
Select 2008 U10 PSC 08 Yellow Kristy Desimone
Select 2007 U11 PSC 07 Green Paul Knight
Elite 2006 U12 PSC 06 Green Jen Leone
Select 2006 U12 PSC 06 White Brandon Hilts
Premier 2005 U13 PSC 05 Green Steve Abdo
Select 2005 U13 PSC 05 White Jen Leone
Premier 2004 U14 PSC 04 Green Andrew Rice
Select 2004 U14 PSC 04 White Jeff Crouse
Elite 2003 U15 PSC 03 Green Phil Kilian
Premier 2002-2003 U16 PSC 02 Green Vu Le
Premier 2002-2003 U16 PSC 02 White Vu Le
Select 2002-2003 U16 PSC 02 Yellow Jenn Samflippo
Premier 2001-2002 U17 PSC 01 Green Jared Butler
Premier 2001-2002 U17 PSC 01 White Kristy Desimone
Premier 2000-2001 U18 PSC 00 Green David Rice
Select 2000-2001 U18 PSC 00 White Neil Saucier
Premier 1999-2000 U19 PSC 99 Green Paul Knight

Tryout Details and Policies

Tryouts for PSC teams will be held to identify those players who have the technical soccer skills, tactical understanding, physical fitness, desire, and coachability to play soccer at a high level. The tryout process will adequately, fairly, and objectively evaluate players.  The PSC director of coaching will be responsible for establishing the criteria to be evaluated at tryouts.  The criteria will include the following items: a series of skills tests wherein players are evaluated on their soccer skills (i.e. pass, dribble, shoot, and ball control) and tactical exercises (small-sided games).  Goalkeepers are evaluated by different skill criteria than field players.

All players are required to try out for their appropriate team based on BIRTH YEAR and GENDER. 

Prior to tryouts, the director of coaching will hold a mandatory meeting for all coaches to review the criteria to be evaluated at tryouts.  Following tryouts, but before the notification of team placement decisions, a second coaches meeting will be held to review results, team formation, and players desiring to “play up.”

Player scores will be tabulated and summarized.  Players will then be given a numerical ranking and selection to a PSC team will be based on this ranking.  Tryout results will be strictly confidential.

Parents are not allowed on the soccer fields during tryouts unless they are officially assisting in recording tryout data.  Parents may not record data for teams their own child participates in.


TRYING OUT AND PLAYING IN AN ADVANCED AGE DIVISION OR DIFFERENT GENDER

All Players are required to try out with their AGE and GENDER appropriate team.  As in the past, based on player ability and team need, a player may request to try out for an older age group or different gender (girls to boys only).  However, “playing up” or “playing with another gender” is a RARE exception and will be considered by PSC DOCs on an individual basis.  DOCs will consult with affected coaches and consider the player’s development as the club’s first priority.

Players who wish to try out for an older age group or different gender must:

  • Request approval from the DOCs prior to tryouts.
  • Players must register for their age/gender appropriate team.
  • Players are advised to attend tryouts for the age-appropriate age group in case they aren’t selected for the advanced age team or different gender.  The DOCs will advise players ahead of time if they will be allowed to attend a different age or gender group.


NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

Most players will be notified of the result of their tryout within 48 hours and notifications will occur no later than 1 week following the conclusion of the tryouts.  When a player is offered a position, they will be asked to accept or decline the position by email no later than 48 hours following notification of the tryout result.  Players and parents are reminded that the other players on the team are counting on each other's commitment to follow through on whatever they commit to, as are other players who are turned away.  Consideration of others who also want to play soccer is expected.

Selected players and their families are expected to attend the PSC Annual Club-Wide Meeting in the latter part of June (date/time and location will be announced no later than June 1 of each year).

Club fees for each player will be due at this meeting.  Families unable to attend will be responsible for completing their PSC registration and paying the player fees through their PSC team manager or coach prior to the late-June meeting.

Players who try out and will be attending high school for the succeeding fall will be notified of the result of his/her tryout following annual tryouts or the conclusion of the high school season. This option will only be available to coaches who intend to evaluate players performing for their high school team and/or conduct a supplemental tryout following the conclusion of the high school season.  In this instance, no player will be notified of the results of his/her tryout any later than November 30 or a date to be determined by the Board of Directors.

The preceding policy was modified and approved at the
January 31st, 2016 PSC Board of Directors meeting.

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