Yep, it’s tryout time again! If you need some tips, please read the post Club Soccer Tryout Tips.
How early is too early to have Club Soccer tryouts?? In case you aren’t familiar with the Southern California Club Soccer season it goes something like this for the younger teams (U8-U13)…
February/March- New teams form U8-U11
April(ish)- New Teams form U12/U13
July/August- Summer Tournament Season
September/October/November- Fall League
December- Tournaments and Club Breaks
January/February/March- Tournaments and State or National Cup
Common sense would say that clubs would hold tryouts after State or National Cup and begin to build the new teams after that, but that’s not so common anymore. Clubs are now having tryouts starting in December and teams can completely change composition before State or National Cup. On one hand if you are an early commit, it can be very comforting to know where your kid is going to be the following season, but if you are on a team that is going to go its separate ways (or worse- your kid has been cut) it can be very disconcerting. This can definitely affect the team’s performance in State/National Cup and the relationships between the kids and families. Not fun. I completely understand why clubs do what they do- they are trying to make the best teams possible- just as parents are trying to choose the best team possible for their child.
If they find that better team early, many people also choose to change teams after Thanksgiving when the transfer window opens. Some kids seem like they’re going for the Guinness Book of World Records for most number of clubs in the least amount of time. These are the same kids who are practicing with all different teams even throughout the season. I often wonder how the kid feels in all this!
I guess it’s all how you look at this club soccer journey. Even though I’m laser focused on my girls becoming Professional Athletes with full ride D1 College Scholarships and National Team Members (ha-ha- I hope you know I’m totally kidding) I think the notion of a team, teamwork and commitment is very important for my kids to honor and respect. This will help them succeed in any workplace and in life.
What do you think about early tryouts? Have you ever felt pressure to commit quickly? It’s the silly season again…