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Interested in joining an HCSA team?

Tryouts are held annually each May, per North Carolina Youth Soccer Association regulations. If you are interested in joining a team during the course of the year, outside of the open tryout period, please contact our Director of Coaching, Marco Fonseca, for more information at [email protected]

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Tryout Information

Tryouts Dates: May 25 & 26, 2022

5:15-6:45pm: U11-U14
7:00-8:30pm: U15-U19 (Girls)

U15-U19 Boys Tryouts will be held November 14 & 15, 2022 

 

  HIGH COUNTRY UNITED  
U10 - U19 Teams

TRYOUT FEES
Online Pre-Registration
 - $20 per player
Onsite Registration - $40 per player




HOW DO TRYOUTS WORK?



REGISTRATION
Please log in to your www.hcsoccer.com account to see your player's program availability - Travel Teams 2022/23 is the program to select to register for tryouts.  If you do not have an account, please create one and register your respective player(s) under your account based on their birth year.  All available programs will become available to register thereafter. 
All required registration materials must be completed and fees from the previous season paid prior to a player’s tryout.  The following items are required for tryout participation:

  • Registration Fee paid – registration is available online in advance of tryouts (You can log on to your account or create an account at the top right portion of this page under "register"), online registration will close on the date of the first tryout and the cost of onsite registration doubles.
  • Copy of Player Birth Certificate 
  • 2022/23 Medical Consent Form – leave jersey number blank
  • Player Photo –You must upload a 1x1 headshot to your registration account. Players are not allowed to wear hats or sunglasses for this photo.
Any family wishing to request a need-based scholarship for player fees should submit the completed Scholarship Application at the time of tryouts.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENTS
Tryouts are the culmination of year-long Player Development Assessments that enable us to see that players are placed in an appropriate environment that enhances their development and success.

For players currently in our club, our coaching staff takes constant assessments of their development across all programs.  We now offer 2 opportunities for a written Player Development Assessment for our travel team players and U10 Academy players, to provide feedback on each player's development and where they stand within their age group across the club.

For players new to our club, tryouts are your only opportunity for our coaching staff to assess your ability and place you appropriately on our travel teams.  It is imperative you attend both tryout sessions as we have no history of your development to draw on from the past year as we do with our returning players.


HCSA holds two tryout dates for each age group, it is expected each player will attend both tryout dates.  Any absences should be communicated to the Director of Coaching and Technical Directors so alternative tryout arrangements can be made if necessary.

TRYOUT ASSESSMENTS
The Director of Coaching will work with his staff of evaluators to assist with the player assessments and team formation process. Our tryouts will consist of a quick warm-up, a technical activity, then small-sided and full-sided games.  We do not do recorded tests.  We allow the kids to play the game and the staff will evaluate from the sidelines.

PLAYING-UP POLICY
Our staff will evaluate players by birth year.  We will not take parent requests for players to play up.  If our coaches feel a player's development would benefit more by playing on an older team than a team within their true birth year, a coach will discuss the opportunity with the player and parents during the tryout process.  Once teams are formed, the Director of Coaching will develop a list of "Club Pass Players"; players who will be eligible to be invited to guest play with other HCSA teams at a higher level of play or age group.  Again, this opportunity would be available at the discretion of our coaching staff and NOT parent requests.

NOTIFICATIONS
Rosters will be posted on our website Friday May 27 at 5pm.  Players will then have 48 hours to accept their spot on the team.  If the player fails to accept their spot within the given time frame, they will be removed from the roster and their spot will be offered to the next player in line.   

COACHING ASSIGNMENTS
Coaching assignments will be announced after the teams have formed.  Coaches rotate teams every two-years in order for players to be exposed to different styles of play and tactical approaches to the game allowing their soccer IQ to continually grow.
 

PARENT ROLE 
Parents are encouraged to have realistic expectations for their player, know players develop at different rates, and trust the coaching staff in the evaluation and team formation process.  We ask parents to please remain outside the black chain link fences during tryouts.

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