Player and Parent Tryout Advice:


Prioritize your Family and Players' "WHY" to Tryout:

  • Have your child identify "THEIR" goals/reasons to try out for a new team. Here are some questions to consider:
    • What they are looking for in a new team?
    • Why do you want to change teams?
    • What do you like about your current coach and what do you think could be better?
    • What do you like about your current team and what do you think could be better?
    • Once you have identified their goals, you can go back and see if the potential new team meets the goals and team traits.
  • Parents should identify "THEIR" reasons for trying out:
    • Why is your child moving teams?
    • Better Coaching? Better Team? Better League?
    • Is this a vertical move or a horizontal move?
    • More Playing Time?
    • Development isn't progressing?
    • Team Commitment level?

As parents we need to set reasonable expectations of our coaches and also know that every criticism we say about our child's coach in front of them impacts the way our child treats their coach. Negative comments about their coach will only lead to your child to have negative thoughts about their coach.

Once you have your child's goals and parent's goals outlined, it will make it much easier in selecting a new team or choosing to remain with your old team because you will know what you are looking for during your tryout experience. Most importantly, remember that tryouts are a two-way street.

**FYI - If winning is your most important goal in selecting a new team, get ready to be disappointed. Development and constant improvement are the hallmarks of a great program.

Player and Parent Tryout Day Tips:

Tryouts are a two-way street, you (players & parents) are evaluating the team/coaching staff/club as much as they are evaluating you.

At tryouts:

BE an IMPACT player, be brave and showcase your skills - DON'T BE AFRAID TO FAIL.

  • The worst thing that happens is you make a mistake or you don't make the team…WHO CARES! There are plenty of teams out there, so don't stress about it! The greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of failure. Failure leads to success if your passion is REAL! The lessons learned from failure last a lifetime…DON'T BE AFRAID TO FAIL.

BE GREAT at what you can control- Effort, Work rate, Coachability, Competitiveness, and Decision Making.


Parents - Help your child find the right level team for them.

  • Does it really matter if you are on the First Team vs Second Team vs Third Team? The answer is NO. The most important part is that you are on a team that you are challenged and not frustrated. Find a team that the training environment encourages your child to want to do the extra work to improve and to love the game!
  • Remember, the grass isn't always greener. Just because Got Soccer Rankings says the team is better, doesn't mean the team is better for your child and family. Make sure you evaluate the commitment level of the team and make sure your able to honor that commitment. Also, make sure that the team's goals match up with your child's and family's goals.

Special Advice - When possible, go watch the team during one of their games. Evaluate the team in a game setting.

Questions to ask:

  • What type of coaches are they? Positive or Negative?
  • Do they let players play or do they joystick?
  • What is the parent sideline like?
  • What do the players on the field look like? Engaged, Connected, is there a Positive Team Chemistry?