Select Team Tryouts for Grades 3 – 8

Revised: April 20, 2019

Players are placed on a select team based on their skill level. A player’s skill level is determined by his or her performance at the tryouts along with an assessment from his or her coach.  No player currently on a select team is guaranteed a spot on the same team for the following season.

Why the sign-up form?
Age group directors use the signup numbers to prepare the tryout configurations based on expected attendance.  We also use the information to facilitate the check-in process.  The sign-up form can be found here.  Note that signing up for the tryout is not the same as registering for the fall season.  Registration for fall 2019 will run May 15 – June 15.  All players registered within that timeframe are guaranteed a spot on a team.

Do all players need to attend tryouts?
If your child is in Pre-K, kindergarten or first grade in the spring season, there are no tryouts.
If your player does not want to be considered for a select team, s/he does not need to attend tryouts. All Grade 3 and Grade 4 players who do not make a select team or do not attend tryouts will be placed on an Intown team. All Grade 5 players and above who do not make a select team or do not attend tryouts will be placed on a BAYS travel non-select team.

What select team tryout should players attend?
Players should attend the tryout for the grade that they will be in for the fall season. For example, a player in Grade 2 for the current spring season should attend the Grade 3 tryouts.
It is important that players attend the appropriate tryout.
 Players cannot “play down” to their grade even if they are the appropriate age
– Players cannot “play up” to a grade for which they are too young

Who conducts the tryouts?
Tryout evaluations and team selections for each grade are conducted by a slate of ASC coaches and other individuals with extensive soccer background.  Coaches are not permitted to evaluate the age group in which they coach, with the exception of the two head coaches of the current select teams. The head coaches of the current select teams cannot evaluate or vote to select their own child.

How are players evaluated?
The tryouts take place over two nights.  All interested players must attend the first night.  Only players who receive an email callback notice for the second night will be evaluated for select team placement.  Typically the first night players will be placed in small-sided games (3v3 to 6v6).  Small-sided games provide players with the opportunity to have maximum touches on the ball as well as the opportunity to make numerous decisions in a game-like environment in a short period of time.  Evaluators will be observing a player’s comfort level on the ball (technique), decision making ability, team play (passing and communication) and athleticism.  Players receiving call backs for the second night will be evaluated in the context of a full team (7v7, 9v9 or 11v11) situation for the same criteria.

How are the select teams formed?
Volunteer evaluators use a combination of the first and second night tryout information along with an evaluation provided by the player’s current coach to decide on placement on an ASC select team.  Current coach data is critical to selection – it includes the criteria discussed above and additionally items such as:  practice/game attendance, behavior at practice/games and any additional comments the coach may decide is relevant to select team placement.

What is the select team time commitment?
Playing on a select team requires a high level of commitment. Players are expected to:
– make soccer a priority over other sports or activities
– participate in both the fall and spring seasons
– make every effort to attend the two weekly practices and the weekend game
– attend a minimum of 50% of the practices and 90% of the games
Teams will also periodically play in tournaments and participate in optional winter activities.

How many select teams are there per age group?
The number of select teams in each age group will vary year to year depending on the number of players and overall skill levels. Typically we offer two select teams in the Grade 3 through Grade 8 levels.

When will I learn the results of the process?
Team formations will be finalized and communicated once the spring season has ended and all tryouts are complete.

Is attendance at both tryout nights required?  What if my child truly cannot attend?
If a player cannot make either tryout date but would like to be considered for the select team, s/he must contact their appropriate BAYS Director before the first tryout night.

Are there tryouts for high school aged players?
The tryouts for girls who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2019/2020 academic year are held in June 2019.  This is for the Premier Team which competes in a club league in the spring.
The tryouts for boys who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2019/2020 academic year will be held in March/April 2020, prior to the spring season.  Please watch for additional details about registration and tryout dates that will be distributed in February, 2020.
There are no tryouts for fall teams for high school aged players.

Please contact your BAYS Directors here if you have any tryout questions.

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