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Competitive Team Tryouts/Assessments

Tryouts to be Held at Whitney Park #1

Assessments/Tryouts for the 2016 Season

Assessments/Tryouts for the 2016 season will be held July 25-26, 2015 at WHITNEY PARK #1

U9-U11  Assessments July 25          U12-U17 Tryouts July 26

Online Registration to open in June, 2015.  Cost is $20

Registration closes 10pm on Thursday, July 23.  All registrations after this deadline will be considered "walk-ups" and will register at the field for $50.

**If a player is unable to attend, you MUST still register for the assessments/ tryouts and the player will be assessed coaching feedback where applicable. If two players are of similar caliber, preference will be given to those attending tryouts.

**Play Ups.  CMYSA discourages play ups in all but very special circumstances.  Only players who are assessed in the top 25% of their current age group AND the older age group will be allowed to play up.  Players interested in playing up, but contact DOC at least 7 days before tryouts.

Dates & Times of Tryouts

Saturday, 7/25/15         Sunday, 7/26/15

U9:  8:00-9:30am                        U17:  8:00-9:30am

U10:  9:30-11:00am                    U16:  9:30-11:00am

U11:  11:00am-12:30pm               U14-15B/U15G:  11:00am-12:30pm

                                                   U13:  1:00-2:30pm

                                                   U12:  2:30-4:00pm

                                                   U14G:  4:00-5:30pm


All tryouts and teams are divided up by gender.


U9-U10 Developmental Program Assessment

U9 and U10 players interested in accelerating their training, playing against higher level competition, and making soccer a bigger commitment are invited to attend our Developmental Program Assessment. 
Players will be assessed in three (3) ways: 
(1) technical skill and athleticism
(2) play within small-sided games
(3) mentality/attitude/coachability

The assessments are for placement. The only reasons a player would not make a team would be if the Board and Travel directors could not make the numbers work for teams or if the player would benefit from a year of our in-house skill building program.

The U9-U10 Developmental Program is based on the notion that players develop more quickly when surrounded by other players who share their ability and desire to accelerate their learning.  CMYSA wants to provide for all levels of players.  If a player is not ready for this level, we recommend our in-house program.  

Goalkeepers are not specifically assessed at this level. 

Assessors will have playing and/or coaching experience and will be impartial to the players they are assessing.  CMYSA will gather the data from the assessments and come out with a final roster placement for your player.

In addition to the data collected, CMYSA will use the following information:
- Results from previous seasons (if applicable)
- Director of Coaching evaluation
- Coaches feedback from the season
- In season game evaluation

U11-U17 Competitive Tryouts

This level of soccer is competitive in nature. Players desiring to play at this level must try out for their age-appropriate team.  Participation requires a major commitment from the player and their families. Travel is required, usually within a 75 mile radius of St. Cloud.  Teams at the U11+ age groups are divided into levels through the MN Youth Soccer Association:  Premier, C1, C2 or C3 teams.  Scores are recorded, and there is promotion and relegation within the league levels.  CMYSA strives to field as high a level team as possible at each age group.  If numbers allow, we will also field a C3 team.  We will try to field two teams at each age group if numbers allow to meet the abilities of all our players.

Tryout  Format:  Players will work through 90 minutes of soccer-related activities that transition from a simple warm up focused on technical ability and physical movement, to non-directional possession games, to directional games/scrimmage.  Assessors are looking at players’ athletic, technical, tactical, and mental attributes and abilities.  Players ranked highest in these areas will be placed on the highest level team CMYSA offers at that age group.

In addition to the live tryout, CMYSA will use the following information:
- Coach’s feedback from the season (Zoom Reports)
- Director of Coaching evaluation (if applicable)

Contact DOC, Becky McCabe, at if you cannot attend.  Due to numbers not allowing us to hold a competitively comparable make up tryout, there is no make up tryout date.

If your player is unable to attend, you MUST still register for the tryouts and your player will be assessed based on zoom reports, Director of Coaching evaluation (if applicable), and in season game evaluations.

Goalkeepers:  Goalkeepers will have separate assessments from the field players.  Each goalkeeper will come to their age group’s tryout and will be assessed through drills for the first part of the tryout.  The last part of the tryout will be an assessment in game situations.  Players who play both goalkeeper and field will be seen at both positions during the tryout.

Goalkeeper Assessment Tools:

  • Collapse dives based on time
  • Post to post clean catches
  • Shot stopping based on saves/attempts
  • High balls saves/attempts
  • Distribution

U18-U19 Competitive Teams

No tryouts will be held for this age group do to numbers.  Players who fall under the U18-U19 age group will have a combined team that plays at the U19 level.  Rosters will be filled with the first 18-22 players who register online for the team.  CMYSA will field one boys team and one girls team. Play up policy for this age group is evaluated on a case by case basis.

Team Formation and Player Notification

• Team formation and player notification is expected to be completed by August 10th, 2015 for U13-U17 teams and October 12th, 2015 for U9-U12 teams.  The late announcement for U9-U12 is to allow for the completion of the Fall regular Season.
• Players for each team will be selected at a Team Formation Meeting attended only by invited coaches, evaluators, and CMYSA Travel Committee members.
• Players will be notified via team postings on the CMYSA website.  Players will be identified with their first initial and their last name. 
• Teams with identified coaches will make every effort to contact their players within 48 hours following the website notification.**
• Rosters are not final until all players have paid at least their first fee installment.  Registration/Payment for the Competitive Program must be completed within 7 days of Website Notification.  After 7 days, CMYSA may offer the roster spots to other eligible players.  If an invited player registers after the deadline and there is still room, a late fee of $50 will be assessed.
• The elevated teams will be filled first.  If players who were invited to play on the elevated team do not register/pay before the deadline, the highest scoring players based on positions needed from the non-elevated (second team) will be invited to up.  Because of this, final rosters may vary from what is initially announced on the website.

**Parent Coaches are needed for several teams, especially the U9s. 

Why are tryouts held in July?

July evaluations are done by the majority of clubs in the State for several reasons. 

-Team formation can be completed so players can participate in winter leagues together or begin indoor training programs together during the winter months.

-Evaluations can be held on natural grass rather than the turf or hard floors used for indoor soccer.

-Playing on grass also helps keep facility cost rental low...dome time is expensive! 

-Players are still in good physical condition and are in no danger of losing their touch so soon after the summer season has ended.

Who are the assessors?

Assessors will have college playing experience and/or be a USSF/NSCAA licensed coach and will be impartial to the players they are assessing.  

Age Guidelines

Please use the following birthyear guideline for 2015 Fall and 2016 Summer Travel Age Groups:

Fall 2015 – Summer 2016
U6 8-1-09 to 7-31-10
U7 8-1-08 to 7-31-09
U8 8-1-07 to 7-31-08
U9 8-1-06 to 7-31-07
U10 8-1-05 to 7-31-06
U11 8-1-04 to 7-31-05
U12 8-1-03 to 7-31-04
U13 8-1-02 to 7-31-03
U14 8-1-01 to 7-31-02
U15 8-1-00 to 7-31-01
U16 8-1-99 to 7-31-00
U17 8-1-98 to 7-31-99
U18 8-1-97 to 7-31-98
U19 8-1-96 to 7-31-97



Note: MYSA does not make exceptions to these guidelines.