Players Must Tryout Each Season
All tryout events are listed in the Regional Calendar.
Each division usually has two tryouts.
It is a good idea to attend both tryouts,
and some coaches require applicants to attend both.
WHY TRYOUTS EVERY SEASON? AYSO mandates that Select and Extra programs are for the players of merit for that season. ASYO philosophy is to form new teams every season. 3rd party assessors are used in the tryouts to ensure fair and balanced rating and selection. By using 3rd party assessors, favoritism and parent or other pressure is eliminated from the system. No other soccer organization goes to such lengths to ensure yr player gets a fair chance to qualify.
Tryouts can be great fun. Meet other players, practice your skills, show your endurance and your enthusiasm for the sport. Tryouts are intended to exercise your skills and game sense, and measure your readiness to play in a more competitive venue, including tournaments.
Your enthusiasm and team spirit will count for a lot in tryouts, just as they do in tournaments. In these advanced programs you will have great fun and camaraderie with your team, and you will also work hard to improve your skills and work with the other players on your team.
And always in the spirit of AYSO,
your fun and time on the field is our priority.
National Games: This coming Spring Select season will be especially exciting, as a run-up to the National Games. Of course, not all players can go to the National Games, and will just want to play Spring Select. There will be more Spring Select teams than National Games teams, and the National Games teams will be composed by players that want to go, from the Spring Select teams. The Spring Select teams have a larger roster than the National Games teams, and some players may wish to join the Spring Select team as alternates, playing the regular Spring Select season and tournaments, and take a National Games spot if a scheduled player has to drop out.
Instructional Play Track at the National Games
1 G14 team will be going. Only players from the Fall Instructional season are eligible for this team. This team will be formed and play in the Spring Select to help them come together as a team, and get tournament experience, in preparation for the National Games. G14 and G12 players from the Fall Instructional season are invited to tryout for this team. To tryout for this team, you must attend the tryouts on Oct 27 and Nov 3.
Extra Play Track (Elite) at the National Games will send 1 team in each of the following divisions. It is expected that these teams will be short of players from the Elite Program, and Instructional Players will be invited to join the team to fill the roster. This includes placing alternates for the National Games onto the larger Spring Select roster, to fill in for players that have to drop out.
- B19 - Evaluations are being done without a tryout.
- B14 - tryout as below
- G14 - tryout as below
- B12 - tryout as below
- G12 - tryout as below
- B10 - tryout as below
- G10 - tryout as below
Advanced U8 players are encouraged to tryout for a U10 team
(7, 8 and 9 year olds as of last July 31).
Generally, players from the fall tryout in the same division in Spring Select as they played in the fall.
Upcoming Tryouts Schedule
At tryouts, coaches will be working together to set up different drills at stations. For example, there might be a dribbling course, a shooting gallery, little mini-games of 1v1 or 3v3, and of course, a scrimmage. You will be rotated through different stations and asked to take a turn at all of them. In this way the coaches and trainers can see your various skills. And remember, enthusiasm and endurance counts big. Try hard.
Register for Tryouts
You must register in the correct season to attend the tryouts. When you register you will pay the $25 tryout fee. This fee is non-refundable, but will be applied to your Select or Instructional registration.
Bring your signed player form that includes your medical release form and your parents/players commitment form. Both forms are required. You get the player form by printing the Forms Package while registering, or log back into the season and under the Parent tab, click your player's name, and on the page which appears, click the grey oval button labeled, Print Player Registration Form". The parents/players commitment form is attached on this page as a PDF.
Fees are higher in the Advanced Programs because they include tournament registration. Unused team funds will be returned at the end of the season. If the team attends many tournaments, additional funds may need to be collected. Fees may run from $200 to $350 depending on the division and the number of tournaments your team attends. Complete fees are paid when your player is invited to join a team, and confirms your acceptance of the invitation.
Acceptance to a Team
If your player is invited to a team you will have 48 hours to confirm by completing your fee payment and volunteering for a task in the Program. Instructions for this will be included in the invitation. In the Spring Select Program, each family must volunteer for at least 1 El Palo Alto task.
Players - Tryout Day
show up on time to sign in and warm up