TRYOUT QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (please also read Tryout Info Page for additional Tryout INFO)
Club Open Tryouts (mandatory) customarily take place each May (sometimes first week of June). This year’s tryout dates will begin on Tuesday, June 1st. Schedules will be listed on our Tryout Schedule page. Tryouts are for all players. No player is guaranteed a roster spot on any team prior to tryouts. Please note that players who are not currently registered to Team Boca, and may even be currently registered to another club, can also tryout for a specific team by participating/attending a current team’s practice session(s) prior to our mandatory Open Club Tryouts. Dates of individual “team tryout” participation are assigned to players who request such on an individual basis by our Directors of Coaching and all individual team tryout/practice dates are governed by FYSA & US Club Soccer ByLaws, respectively. To schedule a specific “Team Tryout” session please contact Mario Rincon (Girls) at MarioTeamBoca@gmail.com, or Michael Araujo (Boys) at MichaelTeamBoca@gmail.com.
Tryouts are successful when every player is selected to a team that has a training and competitive plan that fits the player’s interests and needs, with a budget and time commitment that matches the parent’s willingness to support the player.
Many of the questions below have been asked often, so we share answers for your convenience. Additional questions can be sent to our Club Director at Bill@teamboca.com.. If you are currently a member of another club you may not get a specific response (& only a generic one) until after a contact date established by FYSA/US Club Soccer when contact is permitted, depending on which organization your player is currently registered with, but we’ll try to anticipate your basic questions and provide answers here.
Q. When are tryouts held? Formal Tryouts for Team Boca teams are usually held after the FYSA Final Four state cup tournament and usually the day after Memorial Day. This year mandatory Club Open Tryouts will begin June 1st. As stated above, current Non Team Boca Players will also be permitted to attend early “Team Specific” tryouts as permitted by FYSA/US Club Soccer policy (explained above in initial paragraph). If you have further questions regarding practicing with a team please contact Bill@teamboca.com
Q. Do I need to register for tryouts?
Yes, you must register with Team Boca online prior to tryouts. If you are a current member and do not have access to a computer to register please contact our registrar at email@example.com and she can register you over the telephone. *See new policy on our Tryouts Information Page
Q. How does a player make the team?
All players must compete for roster positions. Having played for Team Boca in previous years does not guarantee you a roster spot on a team. * Note current exception explained on our Tryout Info page.
Q. What is the annual registration fee if my son / daughter is selected to a team at tryouts?
Due to the generosity of our corporate sponsors Team Boca 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 as follows, and there is a three payment plan option that is more fully explained during the online registration process.
2020 – 2021 Registration Fees (Payment plan available and will be more fully explained in the online registration agreement) *NOTE current discount noted on our Tryout Info Page.
- U9 thru U11 = $885 (includes all game uniforms & training shirt)
- U12 thru U19 = $1,275 (includes all game uniforms & training shirt)
Q. If a player attends tryouts but decides that they do not want to accept a roster spot if selected can they still cancel registration and receive a refund if the club is notified prior to the teams being chosen?
All registration fees are fully refunded upon request providing the player notifies Team Boca via email to Bill@teamboca.com PRIOR to our posting names of the selected players on our website, which is no earlier than the Monday immediately following tryouts. This will allow us to refund your registration fee BEFORE rosters are announced and then select another player to the team who would have otherwise been cut. In such instance your your credit card or checking account (echeck) that was used to pay your player registration fee will be refunded. Note: Failure to notify Team Boca prior to rosters being posted on our website will result in the player remaining responsible for all payment obligations.
Q. What do the coaches do?
Coaches are responsible for the coordination of tryouts for the team entrusted to him/her, with assistance from our technical trainers & coaching staff.
Q. What do the coaches look for in players?
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:
- Technical skill.
- Tactical awareness.
- Physical abilities.
- Psychological dimension.
Q. Does the coach have any help during tryouts?
Coaches are required to use multiple evaluators at the tryouts. Generally, other coaches in the program also assist the team’s coach during tryouts.
Q. What happens after the last tryout?
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 then given a final approval by the Girls Director of Coaching and the Club Director of Coaching.
Q. How long before we know what the outcome is?
5-7 days after the last day tryouts, all teams will be posted to our website, in some cases sooner.
Q. What if a player does not get selected?
All players not selected will be omitted from the team lists once they are posted to our website after tryouts. Effort will also be made to contact each player by phone. This in no way suggests that they are not quality players, or that they should give up their hopes of playing travel soccer. It simply means that the coach feels there were other players better suited for this team’s level of play. All payments made for tryout registration will be refunded after try-outs for all players who were not selected. If a player is only trying out for a specific Premier Level team and they are only selected to our Second (Navy) team and that player does not want to play for that team they are NOT required to do so. Payment will be refunded back the same way as if they did not make any team. However, you must inform us prior to tryouts if it is the player’s intent only to tryout for a Premier White team.
Q. What if a player is selected?
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: Are tryouts open to all boys & girls?
Yes, tryouts for each team are open to all boys & girls of the correct age.
Q: What travel obligations will we have?
Each team’s annual plan will be outlined prior to tryouts usually before the Saturday scrimmage session. The coach’s along with the training staff have determined the league and tournament needs for each age group. There are some required events for White and Navy teams, but, outside of this, each coach, working with the team’s trainer, team manager, parents, and players, will organize an annual plan for the team. Typically, we begin to travel within the state at U10 and out of state at U13 for our Premier A “White” 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 may consist of Capitol Cup, Dallas Cup, Adidas Final Four Showcase, Raleigh Shootout, PDA, & other national showcase events, to name a few. See the coach at tryouts to evaluate the basic plan for the team.
Q: My son/daughter is currently not registered to Team Boca and wants to tryout. Does he/she have to attend all tryout dates? There are other teams she may want to tryout for also.
The public 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 an exception may be granted only by contacting our Director of Coaching in advance for formal permission at Bill@teamboca.com.
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: If my son/daughter is currently registered to another club can I contact Team Boca or a specific coach before tryouts?
You could write to the coaches you are interested in and ask them to come 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, jersey 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. You can also now attend “early tryouts” as permitted by FYSA. Please contact our Club Director at Bill@teamboca.com.
Q: What about on or after the date when contact is allowed?
Once the State Cup Final Four is completed, or during early tryouts, you can call the coaches or our Director of Coaching and talk with them specifically about your son or daughter.
Q: How soon will my son/daughter start with their new team?
All team rosters will be posted to the internet within 5-7 days after the full completion of tryouts, usually sooner. Older early season teams usually begin training in early August. All other teams usually begin group skills training in the latter part of August or early September. Some State Cup teams may form and travel to tournaments immediately after tryouts. Please check with our Director Of Coaching for specific team plans.
Q: How many teams are selected in each age group?
Depending on the amount of players trying out, we usually we select two teams in each age group. A level (White) teams and B level (Navy) teams. In some age groups there may be minimal differences between the two levels. In certain instances Navy teams may even play in A leagues or tournaments also. There can be certain ages where we have three or even four teams in an age group if it is determined the talent pool for that age group justifies the additional teams. We can also select players to a “Practice team” which allows players to train with a team for a discounted fee but not be rostered to participate in games. If they are subsequently selected and rostered mid season then an additional prorated fee would be paid depending on the month the player is rostered.
Q. Can a player tryout for only an A White team?
Yes, please make sure you inform the Director of Coaching 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 Team Boca 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 current Navy team players from Team Boca try out for White teams?
Yes. At Team Boca, all players in each age group are evaluated together.
Q. Are tryouts the only forum where Team Boca staff determines which players are selected to Team Boca teams?
No, the evaluation process additionally takes place over the course of the season. Players are in essence trying out for Team Boca 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 who attend tryouts.
Q. Which team does my son/daughter tryout for?
Age Schedules are posted on our Try-Out Information page, please refer to the Age Chart on that page.
Q. How can I send my name in to be contacted when coaches can call players?
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 parents until after May 1st, accept to answer generic questions. Information can be sent to Bill@teamboca.com
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: How are the teams grouped and named:
The numeric designation with each team indicates year of birth not school graduation.
White teams are the most competitive and have a significant travel obligation in age groups U14 to U19. The U9 to U13 White teams travel within FL to regional cup, presidents cup, and tournaments with U14 – U19 to out of state tournaments such as the Raleigh Shootout, Dallas Cup, PDA, Texas Shootout, among others.
Navy teams have a somewhat less travel requirement throughout the state of FL, but have a similar training requirement. Some Navy teams may also travel out of state.
Recreational teams play in the SABR Recreational program that is administered through the Soccer Association of Boca Raton. See more at www.sabrsoccer.net
Q: Can a player play up in an age group?
It is the intent of the Team Boca Technical Staff 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 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 Club Director, 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 (especially unless they are are also school grade appropriate for the older team) and therefore such permission should in no way be assumed. Even if a tryout with an older team is granted such permission in no way whatsoever indicates that player is expected to be selected to the older team. To assist in college exposure & recruitment it is important that everyone plays 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, therefore it will only be in extremely rare cases that a player is selected to a team outside of their school grade team, however playing in the players “school age” group is encouraged.
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: Where are the tryouts?
All Team Boca tryouts usually take place at the Spanish River Athletic Complex, on Spanish River Blvd in Boca Raton. If the location changes it will be posted well in advance. Please check our website for weather details. If tryouts are canceled or delayed our website will be updated in real time via facebook.
Q: Are You Moving to Florida?
Players moving in from out of state or players who have not yet registered with another club can contact Team Boca by e-mail at Bill@teamboca.com or contact a coach directly from the contact information provided on the Coaching Staff page.
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