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Tryout Selection Policy

Thank you for your interest in trying out for MT Elite!  We are a community-proud soccer program competing on a state-wide platform.  Our tryout and selection process is designed ensure that all players receive a fair opportunity to be selected for an Elite team.

Eligible Participants
Player eligibility for Elite teams is determined by birth year.  Players who will turn 7 or 8 during the year that tryouts are held may try out for the U9 Elite teams.

Team Size by Age
U9/U10 – 7v7 (maximum roster of 13 players)
U11/U12 – 9v9 (maximum roster of 15 players)
U13-U19 – 11v11 (maximum roster of 18 players)

The Tryout Process
Tryouts are held once a year in the spring, and consists of at least two tryout sessions. The results of these tryouts will determine the teams for the following fall, winter, and spring seasons. Players must attend at least one of the sessions and are strongly encouraged to attend both.

Logistics
Players will participate in a series of drills, game situations, and small sided team games.  The evaluators consist of experienced coaches and trainers. Evaluators’ scores will be calculated and averaged for the most accurate assessment of each player. 

Tryout Day
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time – arriving at the start time means the player is late. Parents must register online at www.mtsoccer.com prior to the first tryout session.  Players will be issued a t-shirt with a number on it, and are expected to wear that shirt for each session they attend.
Wear cleats and shin guards
Bring own soccer ball
Bring own water

Evaluators will assess:
Ball control and dribbling skills
Accurate passing of different ranges
Defensive play
Off the ball movement and work
Shooting
Teamwork
Coachability

Players will have more success if they prepare on their own by getting touches in at home between practices and games.  

If you are interested in playing as goalkeeper, please let the evaluators know upon arriving at tryouts.

TEAM SELECTION
Teams will be formed for each age group as determined by the number of qualified players available.  Teams will be chosen based on skill level, fitness, and intangibles like effort and positive attitude.  There is no guarantee that a second or third team will be formed. If multiple teams are to be formed for an age category, the travel selection committee will determine the best team format, that is whether or not to build equal strength teams or graded teams. 

Player selection will be determined through a combination of tryout results and coach recommendations. The Elite selection committee will work with coaches to determine the roster for the upcoming seasons. Accepted players will be notified as soon as possible after the end of tryouts.  Please remember that having previously played for a team does not guarantee a spot on an Elite team for the next season. 

All youth interested in playing soccer at MTSC will have an opportunity either in the Elite or Recreational programs.

GOOD LUCK!