When and where are tryouts?
Tryouts and Observation Days for the Fall 2016 season will be held on Monday June 6th and Tuesday June 7th. The event will be hosted on Sauls Field, which is near Willow Bend park on the corner of Sauls and Bratton. Please let us know you'll be attending and help our coaches plan by using the following link to register for tryouts.
What age groups will have select/Academy teams?
WBSA will offer advanced playing options in the following ages this season. We are likely to add additional age groups depending on internal interest and tryout attendance.
2008 Girls (Academy)
2006 Girls (DII)
2004 Girls (DII)
2003 Girls (DII)
2002 Boys (DII)
2005 Boys (DII)
Please note: Advanced players in younger age groups are welcome to tryout for an older team if they have an interest in competitive playing opportunities. If deemed ready and capable, younger players will be invited to "play up".
What if we are unable to attend tryouts?
Players are strong encouraged to attend at least one (and ideally both) tryout sessions. This is their best opportunity to receive a fair evaluation from a collection of coaches. It also presents the best opportunity for players to showcase their talents and interact with future teammates.
That said, we understand that school has concluded and your family may already have plans for these dates. Even if you can only attend a single night of tryouts, you are encouraged to do so.
If you have to miss both nights, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate another observation date. Advanced teams will train throughout the summer and will likely invite you to attend a practice with your team of interest.
do players need to attend both sessions?
Players are strongly encouraged to attend both tryout sessions. This will provide the best opportunity for players to demonstrate their abilities and for our coaches to provide a detailed and honest assessment. The two sessions will include different drills and game scenarios to benchmark a wide range of soccer skills and techniques.
It is also important to note that Wells Branch Soccer Association is trying out for your child and family just as much as they are trying out for us. Attending both sessions will give your child a better opportunity to see how they get along with potential teammates and coaches.
Why do we need to arrive early?
Players are encouraged to arrive as early as 30 minutes prior to the start of each session if possible. This will allow them plenty of time to get checked in and warm up. It should also help relieve any pressure or anxiety about the tryout process by allowing players to meet one another and form friendships. Arriving early also provides an opportunity for parents to meet the coaching staff for their respective age groups and ask any questions they may have.
What do players need to bring?
Players should arrive in proper soccer attire and will not be able to participate without shinguards. Returning WBSA players are encouraged to wear their blue practice uniform. Players should also bring a ball, plenty of water and a healthy snack for after the session.
when will roster decisions be made?
Coaches will be meeting briefly at the conclusion of each session to compare feedback. We ask parents to be patient and not solicit feedback immediately following sessions. Detailed feedback and final roster decisions will be made during an in-depth recap meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th. All families that attended tryouts will be contacted no later than Friday, June 10th.
When contacted, families will be provided feedback regarding the playing environment our coaches determined to be most appropriate for your child. We will walk your family through playing options, set proper expectations, and discuss next steps.
If your child is invited to join a select team, a roster spot will be reserved until Sunday, June 12th at midnight. We absolutely want families to make an informed decision and hope players are excited to be joining WBSA. As such, we are asking families to make a timely decision out of respect for the other players.
we've been selected and want to join, now what?
To reserve the spot your child has been offered, players must register by Sunday, June 12th. Unlike other clubs, our registration fees for select and academy teams is only $135 with no additional expenses.
That's right, there is no additional expenses for "commitment fees", uniforms, etc. We also offer flexible payment options that allow families to spread the $135 over several months. That means ~$30 is all you need to secure your spot and join the team's offseason sessions.
what skills will the coaches be observing?
Our coaches have put together 2 sessions, designed to assess players on the following competencies:
can we invite other players?
Absolutely! Anyone attending tryouts is encouraged to bring a friend. We also appreciated families, who know of other players interested in the most affordable competitive playing options in Central Texas, helping us spread the word. We are proud to have loyal families all across the North Austin, Pflugerville, and Round Rock areas.
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