Tryouts Fall 2019/Spring 2020 | Wilton Soccer Association
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Tryout Information

Please see our updated schedule below to reflect rescheduled sessions due to this past week’s weather-related cancellations.

 

Registration for WSA Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Travel soccer tryouts is open for players born 2005 - 2010.

Please find the Schedule Below.


Players born in 2011: please register [here]

Refer to subsequent email from WSA with respect to U9 program for Fall 2019.

Program Information is also be published here. Please check back for updates.


Players born 2005 - 2010 please register [here]

 

  • Travel Tryout Dates: May 28 - June 5, 2019 [schedule here],
  • Deadline to register: May 24, 2019,
  • All players MUST REGISTER in advance, no walk-ups are permitted,
  • Additional details to come. 

Please contact Ryan Mims, VP Programming and Tryouts, with any questions.  


Tryout Schedule


Please note we have done our best to work with our peer sports to minimize conflicts, but some will be unavoidable. Please notify of us of any conflicts and injuries [here].  

Thank you for your patience while we manage around the weather. 

-WSA, 5/31/19

 

Red=Cancelled/Rescheduled

 

Birth Year 2005-2010 Tryout Schedule

Players attend both/2 days

  Date Tues May 28 Wed May 29 Thurs May 30 Fri May 31
Field Time

 

     
Ambler 3:00pm-4:30pm BU11 (2009) GU11 (2009) BU11 (2009) GU11 (2009)
Ambler 5:00pm-6:30pm BU10 (2010) GU10 (2010) BU10 (2010) GU10 (2010)
Comstock 5:00pm-6:30pm   GU13 (2007)   GU13 (2007)
Maderas 3:00pm-4:30pm   GU12 (2008)   GU12 (2008)
Maderas 5:00pm-6:30pm BU13 (2007) GU14 / 15 (06/05) BU13 (2007) GU14 / 15 (06/05)
Allens 3:00pm-4:30pm BU12 (2008)   BU12 (2008)  
Allens 5:00pm-6:30pm BU14 / 15 (06/05)   BU14 / 15 (06/05)  

 

Birth Year 2005-2010 Tryout Schedule - Make Up Sessions to Due Cancellations

Players attend both/2 days

  Date Mon JUN 3 Tues JUN4 Wed JUN 5  
Field Time

 

     
           
Ambler

2:45pm-4:15pm

BU11 (2009)      
Ambler 4:30pm-6:00pm B10 (2010)   GU10 (2010)  
Comstock 4:30pm-6:00pm     GU13 (2007)  
Comstock 5:00pm-6:30pm BU14/15 (05/06)      
Maderas 3:00pm-4:30pm BU12 (2008)      
Maderas 5:00pm-6:30pm BU13 (2007)   GU14/15 (05/6)  
           

 

Birth Year 2011 U9 Pre Program Assessment

  Date Tues June 4 Thurs June 6
Field Time    
Allens 4:15pm - 5:45 pm BU9 (2011) BU9 (2011)
Allens 6:00pm - 7:30pm GU9 (2011) GU9 (2011)
 

 

No Evaluations Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day

 


WSA’s mission is to positively influence the growth of children and our community by reinforcing values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect for others through a range of fun and high quality soccer experiences.


PLEASE READ below carefully prior to your tryout sessions.

 

Tryout week is upon us!  This is a fun and exciting time for our players. Please encourage all to just have fun!  

 


Tryout Schedule

  • Confirm your tryout time and locations [here].  
  • Note: there are no regular Travel or Warrior practices the week of tryouts (May 28-31), regular practices will resume the week of June 3rd.

Tryout Volunteers: Please help us fill the schedule!

  • Sign up for a session in link [here]
  • Prefer parents avoid their child’s sessions, but understand if that is not practical as we need coverage at all sessions 

Tryout Attire / Equipment:

 

To ensure a fair and unbiased environment, all players must follow the below guidelines.

  • NO WSA Travel or Premier program related game or practice jerseys, shorts or other attire whatsoever
  • Players wearing WSA or Premier program gear will not be allowed to tryout.
  • White t-shirt (no names or numbers of any kind on front or back, no professional soccer jerseys with names or numbers)
  • Black or blue athletic shorts (no WSA or CT Rush uniform shorts, no numbers on shorts)
  • Soccer socks with shin guards under socks (players without shin guards can not tryout)
  • Soccer cleats and inflated soccer ball of appropriate size
  • Water
  • NO devices/phones at the field

Parent Tryout Day Reminders

  • Parents are not permitted to watch tryouts
  • Arrive at least 10 mins prior to start time
  • Leave site after sign in
  • Return to site at indicated end time (not early)
  • Enter and exit parking lots efficiently and with care
  • NOTE for sessions at ALLENS MEADOWS: 
    • Drop off at interior lot (between fields 4 and 6)
    • Pickup at front lot (near Rt 7)
    • Coaches will bring players to front lot for pickup

Goalies

  • If your player is born 2008 or earlier (U12+) and trying out ONLY as a goalie, please identify your player via email to 
  • Email must be received no later than May 26, 5PM

Injuries and Conflicts

  • To report an injury or a conflict for consideration please fill out the online form [here]
  • Players need to make every effort to participate in both of their assigned tryout sessions

Tryout Process

  • For further explanation on the tryout process please see document posted [here]

Travel Program Information

  • See website for program offering details, pricing and payment terms [here]

Questions?

Please email Ryan Mims at


Perspectives on Tryouts and Team Placement

 

[download PDF version here]

 

TRYOUT OBJECTIVE

WSA’s objective in tryouts is to gather information such that we can place as many players as possible onto Wilton teams in a manner that aligns with our mission.

WSA’s mission is to positively influence the growth of children and our community by reinforcing the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment and respect for others through a range of fun and high quality soccer experiences.

Offsetting considerations to team formation include max roster sizes as dictated by leagues, field and coaching constraints and a desire to place kids into teams where they can grow and be confident relative to their peers and eventual competition. 

MORE AN ART, BUT SOME SCIENCE

Soccer is known as the “beautiful game”, a master craft and art form to many around the globe. Attempting to boil it down to a set of measurable skills is to ignore the essence of the game.  That said, because we must organize teams, we run tryouts and use seasonal player observations to inform some “science” amidst the art to help us form our teams. 

A HOLISTIC PLAYER ASSESSMENT

Our professional coaching organizations are attempting to build a holistic view of a player’s abilities, attitude/coach-ability and potential using information gained from observations over time. 

Observations of players from their most recent seasons are an important factor we consider.  Annual tryouts create another data set to complement seasonal observations. 

The combination and appropriate weighting of the seasonal and tryout observations contributes to team formation and player placement outcomes.

For new players to the program, tryouts are the only input available to us, and therefore is the entirety of data we use for these players relative to others, they are not at a disadvantage in any way. 

TRYOUT FORMATS AND CRITERIA 

Tryouts consist of two 90 min training sessions over two days.  

  • Day one will consist primarily of training exercises that focus on specific skills we are assessing and small sided games.  
  • Day two will focus more on small sided games and scrimmage environments. 

These formats allow for observation and assessment of players in four basic areas outlined below.  

  • Technical - a player’s ability to perform soccer specific skills appropriate for their age and experience, 
  • Tactical a player’s awareness of a game around them relative to the objective and their opponent, 
  • Physical - balance, coordination, agility, speed, endurance are some of the factors considered,
  • Character - the positive attitude of a player as relates to their own performance and impact on those around them, this can span focus, leadership, on and off field communications, desire, work-ethic and more.  

Technical and tactical factors are more heavily weighted in overall tryouts scores.  Physical attributes are observed but play a lesser role until players reach older age groups. Character is an important criteria for all ages and is prioritized when considering players closely clustered on technical and tactical attributes. 

TEAMGENIUS!

This year WSA will be testing a new software tool to proactively improve our tryout processes, called TeamGenius (www.teamgenius.com). TeamGenius provides a mobile and online application that will facilitate data collection and review, turnaround time and more. We are excited to try it, but fully expect some challenges as we bring it online and ourselves up the learning curve.

LET THE KIDS PLAY AND ALL WILL BE OK!

Our goal is to place as many players as possible in alignment with our mission with the constraints of roster size, field and coaching constraints. Players should play at ease, do their best and just have fun. Parents should maintain focus on the positives and remember our mission when preparing players for tryouts and the possible outcomes.  The rest will take care of itself… just let them play, and all will definitely be ok!

Wilton Soccer Association