The main goal of the assessments is to determine which player, belongs where. We try to have an elevated team at every age group. The only way to determine this is to have the players come in for assessments. We do recognize that no assessment process is perfect.
U9-U19 (NO tryouts for Super U8) players are structured in divisions. Your player will be part of a MYSA/TCSL tiered structured league that accommodates all levels of play.
The goal is to find a place for the player that best suits the player’s ability. For example, putting an advanced player on a Blue team. The player may get disheartened because she/he isn’t being challenged and vise versa. Putting a child on a Red team that is not up to the higher standard, will cause the child to be put off playing the game of soccer and may become alienated by the rest of the players (not passing to her/him, not wanting to play because of the risk she/he might make mistakes etc). Both these situations will incur the child to have a negative soccer experience and that is not what we at STMA United want to happen.
STMA United wants to offer the best experience possible for your child. By having assessments we are able to use our experience to place your child on a team that best suits their needs. STMA United is formed on the basis of soccer for all. We are not doing this to turn players away.
Our Director of Coaching, Roger Derham, will oversee the assessment process. The assessors will be at least three impartial assessors who have no attachment to the player's.
|What's an elevated travel team?||We consider the Premier 1 and 2, Div 1 and Black levels as "elevated".|
|Why host elevated team tryouts in July/August?||Due to competition from other clubs the earliest we are allowed to host tryouts is the day after MYSA State Cup has conluded. This does allow elevated teams to play fall soccer and prepare for the season.|
|What if I tryout and don't make an elevated team?||You will be placed on a team that best matches your players abilities.|
|Can I tryout for an older age group?||Yes, one age group and you must fall in the top 30%, two age groups you must fall in the top 15% of the age group you are trying out for to earn a roster spot.|
|Can anybody attend tryouts?||Yes, STMA hosts open tryouts.|
|Is there a tryout fee?||Yes, a non-refundable fee will be applied.|
|Who does the assessing?||Impartial assessors will conduct the tryout process.|
|Do you have special goalkeeping tryout?||Yes.|
|What if I cannot attend tryouts?||You must contact STMA Director of Coaching, Roger Derham for further instructions, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Can I tryout with multiple clubs?||Yes, we would like you to inform us that you are trying out with other clubs so that we may try to assist in meeting any deadlines you have in trying to make your final decisions.|
|When do we get notified of team placement?||7-14 days after your tryout.|
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