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.