How do the tryouts work?
Does a player trying out for a Highline Premier team have to attend all the tryout sessions for that age group?
How many teams are selected?
How many players make the team?
What age group should my son/daughter play in for this year?
Tryouts are conducted annually, over the course of two or three 90-minute sessions for each age group. All player candidates are asked to register and pick up a numbered bib. Players will then be organized on the field to perform various soccer drills and scrimmages. Coaches will organize the drills and perform evaluations for each player by number. At the end of all sessions, coaches will discuss the evaluation results and select players in order of choice. The ‘A’ team coach will have first choice to pick the top 12 to 18 players, after which the ‘B’ team coach will have the second choice to pick the next 12 to 18 players, etc. Players may be informed of their team selections at the end of tryouts, or they may receive a phone call from the coach within a few days. Selected players’ names (first name, last initial) may also be posted on our website.
We recommend that each new player trying out for a Highline Premier team try to attend all tryout sessions if possible, unless specifically informed by the coach that s/he has been selected and does not need to attend further sessions. Attending every session provides the best opportunity for the coaches to see the players in action and make the best selections, and it also provides the player the opportunity to overcome any problems from a single day’s session. All players must go through a tryout process each year.
Highline Premier will form up to two teams for each age group, depending on the strength of the player turnout for the tryouts. The first squad selected will form the ‘A’ team, and the second squad selected will form the ‘B’ team, etc.
Puget Sound Premier Leagues allows youth teams to have a maximum of 18 players on the game day roster, with the exception of U-11 teams which may have a maximum of 16 players. Coaches may choose to have fewer than the maximum number of players on their team rosters, as this provides the coach with more flexibility with playing time.
We receive a fair number of questions throughout the year regarding tryouts, and in particular the timing of the tryouts. There will be conflicts with tryouts. Vacations. Holidays. Injuries. Illness. Regardless, please register for tryouts -- that permits our internal registration process to allow you to express your interest in our club while stating any unavoidable issue with the tryout dates.
We have created a chart based on the recent switch from academic calendar year to birth year. The full details can be found on the soccer age chart.