Parkland Soccer Club Travel Tryout FAQs
What is travel soccer and what are its benefits? Parkland Soccer Club (PSC) Travel is a competitive program for players with above average skills and a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and love of the game. Boys and girls that are ready to play competitive soccer, want to learn new skills, are ready to make the necessary commitment to play travel soccer and are ready to be coached by a professional, licensed coaching staff will benefit from playing travel soccer.
How will my son or daughter be picked for a team? PSC will run open tryouts at the end of May thru the first week in June to form teams for the following soccer year (fall and spring). All players are evaluated during these tryouts by the team coaches and additional evaluators. Selected players are placed on appropriate teams by the coaching staff.
How do I determine the right age group for my child? Players will tryout based on their birth year. For the 2016-2017, the youngest age group from travel soccer will be players born in 2010. We will aim to have teams for following birth years: 2010. 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000. Players may be grouped together in different birth years for example; player born in 2001 may be grouped with the players born in 2000.
Can my child try out in a different age group? Players cannot tryout or play in an age group for which they are too old. Even if they miss the cutoff by one day, they cannot play ’down’ in an age group. Our policy is “No player will be selected for an older age group, unless the technical staff determines that the player’s soccer development needs will not be met within their own age group. Players must receive approval from the Director of Operations to attend tryouts for an older age group team. PSC's Director of Operations shall approve all roster offers for players eligible to play up. Please refer to the PSC “Play Up” Policy which is available on-line.
How many players will you take per team?
Different age groups in travel soccer play with different game formats—and have different roster sizes. Coaches usually carry fewer players than the maximum allowed—optimizing players’ playing time in games. The following are the roster sizes for the different age groups in PSC travel soccer program.
U9 & U10 Teams 7 vs. 7 game format 10-12 players on each team
U11 & U12 Teams 9 vs. 9 game format 12-14 players on each team
U13 – U15 Teams 11 vs. 11 game format 16-18 players on each team
U16 – U18 Teams 11 vs. 11 game format 16-22 players on each team
What should my player wear to tryouts?
Players should wear a white shirt, dark shorts, and dark socks, shinguards, soccer cleats and bring a ball and water. Note- players are asked not to wear their travel training gear or game jersey or any affiliated program jersey. The tryout process is independent and non-biased, so this policy will help enforce that.
What should I / my child bring?
Parents will have to fill out a contact form if they did not register online. Parents will have to sign a waiver form. Copies will be available at the tryout desk, and we'll try to make them available on this page as well.
What are the Coaches Looking For?
Often times, players and parents want to know what a coach is looking for in a player. It is difficult to truly see all that a player has to offer in just two or three sessions. However, the tryouts will be structured in a way to allow all participants a chance to showcase their talents. Here is a quick explanation of each criterion:
Technical Ability: Technical skills: passing, dribbling, shooting, first touch, defending, etc.
Athletic Ability: Speed, quickness, agility, strength, body control, etc.
a. Pure Speed — Is the player fast from point A to B?
b. Technical Speed — Can the player handle the ball under pressure?
c. Tactical Speed — Can the player make fast decisions with and without the ball?
Awareness: Tactical skills: positioning, communication, decisions on and off the ball, etc.
Attitude/Work Ethic: We are looking for players who exhibit a positive attitude, take coaching points well, show good sportsmanship, and have an overall desire to improve as players.
a. Does the player like to compete?
b. Is he/she a positive influence on the group?
c. Does the player possess a high work rate?
d. Does the player bring passion and energy to the game?
Coaches and evaluators will use a Tryout Evaluation Form found to help with their evaluations.
Should my child come to all tryout dates?
Tryouts are held three days and players should try to be attending them all -- the more time in front of the staff, the better. If your child cannot make one of the tryouts, it's not the end of the world, but please send an email to the coaches if you can't attend one day. The coaches understand that conflicts and illnesses occur.
Can my child get on a team at other times of the year?
Even after tryouts, many teams may have some roster spots open until late summer. Please email email@example.com to learn more.
How can I contact the coach(es) for my age group?
You can find a list of the current year’s teams and coaches as well as their contact information on the Staff page.
When will I find out if I have made the team?
Players will begin to be notified at tryouts if they are selected. Player notification will continue throughout the tryouts and coaches will call the players to notify them if they made the team. You will be asked to commit 24 hours after receiving your invitation. Families of invited players will receive instruction from the team representative. A parent meeting will be held following the notifications at which time the registration paperwork will be due along with the appropriate fees. Selected players must make full season commitment to their team. Parents can register on-site as well as on the website.
What if I don't make the team? Will I get feedback on how to improve my chances for the following season?
There are options available to you such as Recreational play and/or skills training at Soccer Academy & Training to help further your soccer development.
When does the season begin?
The season begins in early August. There may be a pre-season camp before the start of training in mid-August. For a detailed 2017-2018 season overview, please refer to your age group website.
When and where do travel teams practice?
The club is allocated fields throughout Parkland by the City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department. Each travel team will have a different practice schedule. Travel teams generally practice a two to three times a week during the season, for 1¼ to 1½ hours per practice. From August thru December, travel teams practice at Terramar Park and from January thru May travel teams practice at Pine Trails Park.
How many travel teams will the Parkland Soccer Club have in my son’s or daughter’s age group? The number of travel teams formed in an age group will depend on the number of players who try out and their ability levels. PSC will generally forms two teams in the 2009 – 2005 age groups and for each gender. In the 2004– 2000 age group PSC strives to form one team per gender. These teams are tiered, according to ability, as an ’A’ team (Red) and a ’B’ team (White & Navy).
How are the coaches selected for each team? PSC employs a licensed, professional coaching staff, which is under the supervision of the club’s Director of Coaching. All coaches are hired and paid by the PSC. The coaches work for the club and are placed on teams to benefit the development of each player. The coaching staff is evaluated each year by the Director of Soccer Operations and may be rotated among the teams for maximum player development benefits. A complete list of the program’s coaching staff, and credentials, is available on the PSC website.
How much time commitment is required? The fall season begins in mid-August and goes until mid-November, and the winter begins in December and goes through February. Teams begin practicing in mid-August. That means that any other sport should be secondary to soccer training sessions, games and tournaments during these seasons. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, but you should expect at least 1 or 2 Friday games per season. Teams usually play one or more pre-season scrimmages and 2-4 tournaments per year, depending upon the age group and competitive level of the team. Practices are from 1¼ to 1½ hours per session and take place 2-3 times per week. Travel players are expected to attend all team practices and games.
When are tournaments held?
Teams often play pre-season, mid-season or post-season tournaments (3-4 games in a 2- or 3-day weekend). Players are expected to be available to play in tournaments.
How much does travel soccer cost? Each player pays a ’player program fee’ to play travel soccer with PSC. This player fee covers, coach salaries, league and referee fees, State and National registration fees, player insurance, administrative expenses, and many other expenses. In addition to player program fees each players pays a “Team Fee” that covers team equipment, tournaments fees, coach tournament travel expenses, etc. for their team.
PSC makes a yearlong commitment to our professional coaching staff and to our players. We expect PSC travel players and families to make the same full year commitment and pay all fee including team fees.