FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Coral Springs United F.C. tryouts are for all players. No player is guaranteed a roster spot on any team prior to tryouts.
Below is a listing of questions that are frequently asked regarding player tryouts. For your convenience, we are providing these questions along with an answer to help you through the tryout process. If you have additional questions, please send them to our Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. When are tryouts held?
A: Formal Tryouts for Coral Springs United teams are held after the FYSA Final Four state cup tournament and usually the day after Memorial Day. This year it will be Tuesday, May 28 thru June 7, 2013. Players are permitted to attend team practices prior to tryouts if they are not registered to another club. Alternatively, if registered to another club they would need to either be officially "released" from their club prior to contacting us, or we must receive written permission from their Club’s Director to attend a practice. If you have further questions regarding practicing with a team please contact us at email@example.com.
Q: Where are the tryouts?
A: All Coral Springs United tryouts take place at North Community Park. However, please note that on Saturday, June 1 we will have several Boys Age Groups Tryouts at Mullins Park for full sided games. Please check our website for schedules and weather details. If tryouts are canceled or delayed, our website will be updated in real time.
Q: Are tryouts open to all boys & girls?
A: Yes, tryouts for each team are open to all boys and girls of the correct age.
Q. Is tryouts the only forum where Coral Springs United staff determines which players are selected to Coral Springs United teams?
A: No, the evaluation process additionally takes place over the course of the season. Players are in essence trying out for Coral Springs United teams every time they take the field. Tryouts are merely an additional opportunity to show our staff how much a player has progressed throughout the year, as well as give them an opportunity to evaluate certain players together with other players.
Q. Do I need to register for tryouts?
A: Yes, you must register with Coral Springs United online prior to tryouts at "online registration"
Q: Which team does my son/daughter tryout for?
A: First, decide which age group corresponds to your player's date of birth and school grade. A player born on Oct 7, 1994 would play in the U18 age group, according to the following chart. This player would normally attend 12th grade during the 2013-2014 school year.
- U07-U09: 8/01/04 – 7/31/07
- U10: 8/01/03 – 7/31/04
- U11: 8/01/02 – 7/31/03
- U12: 8/01/01 – 7/31/02
- U13: 8/01/00 – 7/31/01
- U14: 8/01/99 – 7/31/00
- U15: 8/01/98 – 7/31/99
- U16: 8/01/97 – 7/31/98
- U17: 8/01/96 – 7/31/97
- U18: 8/01/95 – 7/31/96
- U19: 8/01/94 – 7/31/95
Q: My son/daughter is currently not registered to Coral Springs United and wants to tryout. Does he/she have to attend all tryout dates? There are other teams he/she may want to tryout for also.
A: The open tryout dates are important because they give your player the best opportunity to be seen playing with the current team that will continue in the year ahead. All players are expected to be at all tryout sessions. If you cannot be at all sessions, you need to ensure the coach is aware of your tryout plan schedule.
Each year there may be a few players who are added to a roster that miss tryouts due to relocation, injury, etc. These players may be invited to train with and eventually be selected to the team based on the circumstances of which they missed tryouts.
Q. How does a player make the team?
A: All players must compete for roster positions. Having played for Coral Springs United in previous years does not guarantee one a spot on the team.
Q. What do the coaches do?
A: Coaches are responsible for the coordination of tryouts for the team entrusted to him/her, with assistance from our technical trainers.
Q. What do the coaches look for in players?
A: While tryouts vary from team to team, all coaches look for players who have the potential of becoming high-level, competitive players. Throughout the tryout, coaches assess several player qualities, including but not limited to:
1. Technical skill
2. Tactical awareness
3. Physical abilities
4. Psychological dimension
Q. Does the coach have any help during tryouts?
A: Coaches are required to use multiple evaluators at the tryouts. Generally, other coaches in the program assist the team's coach during tryouts.
Q. What happens after the last tryout?
A: At the conclusion of the tryouts, each coach nominates players for their roster. All coaches and trainers involved in the tryout process will meet to discuss the roster choices and then the teams are given a final approval by the Coaching Committee.
Q. How long before we know what the outcome is?
A: Usually 3 – 7 days after the last tryout, all teams will be posted to our website, in some cases sooner.
Q. What if a player is not selected?
A: Once a player is selected to a team, our registration process will generate an e-mail to the player indicating the team selection, specific information regarding the coach, registration details, practice times/dates, etc. The player’s name will also be posted on our website under the appropriate team. Effort will also be made to contact the player by telephone.
Q. What if a player is selected?
A: If a player has been selected, their name will be posted online to the appropriate team after tryouts. Effort will also be made to contact the player by telephone.
Q: How soon will my son/daughter start with their new team?
A: All team rosters will be posted on our website within two weeks after the completion of tryouts, usually sooner. Older early season teams usually begin training in July. All other teams usually begin group skills training in August.
Q: How many teams are selected in each age group?
A: Depending on the amount of players trying out, we usually will select two teams in each age group. In some age groups, there may be minimal differences between the two levels. In certain instances, one team may play in A divisions or tournaments and the other in B divisions.
Q: How can I send my name in to be contacted when coaches can call players?
A: Players and parents can send information at any time, it is just not permitted for coaches or club officials to make a formal contact with the player or parent until after the Final Four State Cup Tournament is completed, (May 26th). Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
When contact is permitted, coaches will want to know the basics, including:
- your date of birth
- your grade in school
- your phone number
- your parent's names and mailing address
- your e-mail address if you have one
- the positions you play
- your current team
Q: Are You Moving to Florida?
A: Players moving in from out of state or players whohave not yet registered with another club can contact Coral Springs United by e-mail email@example.com or contact a coach directly from the contact information provided on the CoachingStaff page.
Q: If my son/daughter is currently registered to another club, can I contact Coral Springs United or a specific coach before tryouts?
A: You can write to the coaches you are interested in and ask them to watch your player in any remaining league play or tournament play. You would want to provide them with your player's name, date of birth, team, shirt number, grade in school, and name of current team and coach. By making known your interest, you may get one or two of the potential coaches to come see your player, enabling them to give you a better idea on contact day whether or not they can offer a role for your player with their team.
Q: What contact is allowed after the date?
A: Once the State Cup Final Four is completed, you can certainly call the coaches or our Coaching Committee and talk with them specifically about your son or daughter.
Q: How are the teams grouped and named:
A: The numeric designation with each team indicates year of birth not school graduation.
Black teams are the most competitive and have a significant travel obligation in age groups U13 to U18. Green teams travel within FL to regional cup, president’s cup, and tournaments as well as to out of state tournaments such as the Raleigh Shootout and Houston Shootout among others. Blue teams have a somewhat less travel requirement throughout the state of FL, but have a similar training requirement.
Q. Can a player tryout for only an A team?
A: Yes, please make sure you inform the Coaching Committee prior to tryouts that your player is only trying out for a specific team. In fact, it is absolutely assumed that any player trying out for Coral Springs United will accept a position on any team they are selected to. If that is not the case, you must inform us in advance and it will not be held against the player in any way.
Q: Can a player play up in an age group?
A: It is the intent of the Coral Springs United Coaching Committee to define the process of the "playing up" guideline to avoid any misinterpretation of its intent:
Determining Factors for Playing Up in Age:
The individual player must be identified as one of the exceptional players in the birth year by the technical staff and the age group coach. It will be deemed at this time that the indicated player will have secured a place with the team in his/her birth year. Next, the identified player will be invited to the older age group tryout, where he/she MUST demonstrate that they are also in the top of the group on that team. It also must be determined that the player's proper age/grade group team does not meet the competitive requirements to challenge the player if they stayed in their appropriate group. If the proper age/grade team is at a level that does challenge the player, they will not be allowed to play up. Based on this assessment by the technical staff,input from the older age group coach, and final determination by the Coaching Committee, a determination will be made on the individual playing up a birth year. However, it is only in extremely rare conditions that a player will be allowed to play up (unless they are school grade appropriate for the older team) and therefore such permission should in no way be assumed. To assist in college exposure & recruitment it is important that everyone play in their appropriate school grade so college coaches can properly identify you when scouting occurs at showcase tournaments. Playing with a team other than the player's proper school grade can definitely hinder that identification & recruitment process.
Team and Club Considerations:
We want to be sure that in this process, we create a fair opportunity for everyone involved. A major concern is that we place a player in an environment in which they are challenged, have an impact on players with whom they are playing and are having the success necessary to enhance their development. A club and team consideration is the displacement of players whose roster spot will be filled by a younger player. Here lies the reason that the technical staff must be certain a younger player will have the impact necessary to justify displacement of an individual who is birth year eligible for a team.
Q. What if the player is grade appropriate for an older team, i.e., their age puts them in the younger group but their grade puts them in the older group?
A: All players chronological age U-14 & below will be required (absent clear & significant credentials) to attend tryouts with age appropriate group and will then be evaluated and "promoted" as warranted. For age groups U-15 & above, written request to play-up will be evaluated by coaching committee to determine whether player should be permitted to attend tryouts with older (play-up) age group.
Q: What travel obligations will we have?
A: Each team's annual plan will be outlined usually before the Saturday scrimmage session. The coach's along with the training staff will organize an annual plan for the team. Typically, we begin to travel within the state at U10 through U12 and MAY travel out of state from U13 through U18 for our Premier teams. These tournaments are a way to expand the competition level, exposure to college scouts, and to experience soccer in another region. Out of state tournaments consist of WAGS, Capitol Cup, Dallas Cup, Adidas Final Four Showcase, Raleigh Shootout, & Blue Chip Showcase to name a few. See the coach at tryouts to evaluate the basic plan for the team.
Q. What is the annual registration fee if my son / daughter is selected to a team at tryouts?
A: Due to the generosity of our corporate sponsors, Coral Springs United remains one of the least expensive premier level travel clubs in the country. This year we once again remain less expensive than all our neighboring clubs. The annual registration fee is $TBD. Payment plans are available and can be further discussed at time of registration.