1. How do open tryouts work?
Open tryouts mean that every player is welcome, whether returning or new to travel soccer, and is evaluated using the same criteria. However, current players are evaluated on an ongoing basis throughout the season and the function of the tryouts is to compare and contrast new players and current players in real time.
Tryouts will include ball based skills work with smaller and larger sided games (as space allows). Professional coaches will evaluate each player on athletic ability, technical skills and attitude. Teams are formed based on the merit rankings of each player in the age group. Previous club/team played for will not be used as a criterion for player ranking or team placement.
New players are welcome to attend a practice prior to tryouts to get comfortable with the environment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if would like to do that.
2. How many teams will be formed within each age group?
We will form as many teams as necessary to try to accommodate as many players as possible that are capable of playing travel soccer in each age group. We generally have between 2 and 5 teams at any 1 age group ranked in ability.
3. Who are the evaluators for the try-outs?
Evaluators will be the professional coaches that work with Chicago Edge SC. The Directors of Coaching will make all final decisions in terms of team placement.
4. Can my son/daughter play with their friends?
As a competitive soccer program all team placement decisions are based on merit alone with no consideration given to friends, car pools, community lived in or previous team.
5. Can my son/daughter Play Up?
In general, players must tryout in their age group. When developmentally appropriate, players may play up an age group to remain challenged and this is done on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Directors of Coaching.
6. How will I find out if my son/daughter made a team?
Within 48 hours of the last tryout session for each age group, each player will receive an email inviting him or her to join a specific team. Families will then be asked to go online and pay a nonrefundable $100 deposit within 48 hours to hold a spot for registration night.