ARTICLE LINK: Tips for Tryouts - Parents, Do Your Research by US Youth Soccer 2014 Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, Mark Ryan

​The tryout period this winter will be from January 7th to February 5th, 2017. During this time players can try out with multiple teams/clubs:  Tryout Schedule


The citywide commitment date is Feb 12th, 2017.
Offers may expire at that time, but not before.  

Consider the following before committing your player to the rigors of competitive soccer:


  • Developmental Readiness - Technically and Mentally. Do not overlook the mental aspect of moving to Competitive. Many players may be technically sound but are not engaged in the game enough to compete consistently at an advanced level. 


  • Commitment: Competitive teams require more time year-round. Most teams have multiple practices and attend tournaments. In the older age groups Competitive teams also travel locally. 


  • Playing Time: ​As a parent you need to be realistic to where your child fits. If the environment is too intense, where he or she can’t develop because every other player is too far ahead, then it won’t be enjoyable for the player and will likely lead to burnout. 


  • Social Aspects: The reason your child is playing soccer, or any sport, is for the enjoyment of the game. If you child is having fun in the environment they are in (coaches, friends and development) they are most likely in the right spot. The players that start to show a competitive edge by maybe getting frustrated by players around them, from lack of skill level or focus, are the players that could potentially have more fun in stronger competition.


  • Expenses: ​Competitive programs are typically more expensive than Recreational. This is mainly because of paid coaches and tournament expenses. Though nearly every team and club offer financial aid (and so does SFYS), the decision to go comp will affect your pocketbook.

Q. When is the right time to go Comp?


A.  Moving to a Competitive soccer team is a per-player consideration and can happen at many different ages.  Because Rec has such a broad spectrum of skill level, for some, recreational play is appropriate for the duration of their soccer playing years. Recreational play also makes sense for multi-sport and one-season per sport athletes, since even if the player is very good, the top bracket Rec teams are often very, very good.


For others, the desire to focus on soccer, to build on individual skills and advance to the next level, to play year-round and to attend tournaments, rather than being daunting feels like the logical next step in their development. This can happen at any age - there is no rush! (USWNT striker Alex Morgan didn't start playing soccer until she was 14!) - but anecdotally in the City, where so many kids start playing as toddlers and by 4th or 5th grade have been playing for 5 years or more - the biggest shift of players from Rec to Comp tends to happen between the ages of 10-12.

READY TO TRY OUT?

What you should know:


  • Players are allowed to (and should!) attend multiple tryouts


Every club runs and organizes their tryouts differently. Attending multiple tryouts will give you a sense of how the club organizes itself and how they train and evaluate players. Attending multiple tryouts is also a good way to meet club directors and coaches face to face. 

  • Decision Deadlines are not SFYS-mandated or enforced


The citywide commitment date is Feb 11th, 2015 at noon. Prior to this time no family should be pressured to commit.  


What does this mean for players? If you're offered a spot for a team you are psyched to be on, take it. Not so sure? The gamble is whether there will be a spot open on a particular team. There will likely be room on a comp team somewhere, it just may not be the team you were hoping for. But making the commitment binds you for a full soccer year (August - July) ... so it's worth it to make sure the situation is right for your player.

  • Ask to attend practices


Another way to get a feel for a team or club culture outside of tryouts is to ask to attend a practice. Most teams welcome players attending a practice because it gives them an opportunity to also evaluate the player in comparison to the players already on a team. This is also a way to see a Coach's training philosophy and if your child would fit well with the way the Coaches runs their practices. 

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CONSIDERING COMPETITIVE PLAY

COMPETITIVE PLAY


SF CCSL Prep, CCSL Coast and NorCal leagues for teams of advanced players to compete locally and around San Francisco. Players that are in Competitive soccer have chosen to make the commitment to practices, games, tournaments and most teams play at least 3 seasons.