Brookline Soccer Club
Brookline Soccer Club

Tryout Policy

Open Tryouts

The first step in the BSC tryout process is the Open Tryout, typically held on the first Sunday in May. Any player wishing to play for the BSC must attend the Open Tryout. Players attending the Open Tryout must pre-register, and will be randomly pre-assigned into teams that will compete in small-sided games (3v3 or 4v4). During these small-sided games, coaches from both the BSC and other local clubs, will evaluate the players. The BSC coaches utilized in any given tryout will ideally not be currently involved in the age group they are evaluating. Players will be scored on a 1 to 5 scale. Evaluators will take into account a player’s technical ability, tactical understanding, physical speed/strength and attitude. A player’s technical skills will be given the greatest amount of weight during the evaluation process. The BSC feels the greatest long term predictor of soccer talent, lies in a player’s ability to control the ball while dribbling, passing and receiving. Tryout scores will be tabulated by the BSC Boys and Girls Coordinators.

FAQ’s:

Why play small sided games?  Small sided games allow players more touches on the ball. This equates to a greater number of opportunities for a player to demonstrate their technical abilities for the evaluators.

What if a player is a better defender than an attacker?  The BSC recognizes that individual players will have unique preferences and abilities. The BSC looks to develop soccer players rather than attackers or defenders specifically. BSC players are comfortable in attack and defense and in both cases need to have well rounded technical abilities to be successful.

Coach Evaluations

Current BSC players will also be evaluated by their current coaches. The BSC values the depth of assessment that a player’s coach can provide. The Coach Evaluations entail a 1-5 rating on a player’s technical ability, tactical awareness, attitude, commitment and aggressiveness. Coaches are also asked on these evaluations to rank the players on their team and to recommend each player’s placement for the following year.

FAQ’s:

What if my player is unfairly assessed by his or her coach?  The BSC has a great deal of faith in our coaches to be objective and accurate in their assessment of players. To safeguard against unjust assessments, the BSC looks for large discrepancies between a player’s Open Tryout scores and their Coach Evaluation. In these cases the BSC’s Director of Coaching will make a final determination on a player’s ability and placement.

Select Team Tryouts

For information on the BSC Select Program please go to: Select Teams.

Under-11 Select Teams

Player placements for the Boys and Girls Under-11 Select teams will be the responsibility of the BSC Director of Coaching. The BSC Director of Coaching will evaluate players during the Open Tryout and during U10 practices and games. Coach Evaluations will also be utilized as an important resource in this process.

Under-12, 13 and 14 Select Teams

Players wanting to play on Under-12, Under-13 or Under-14 Select Teams will need to attend a Call Back Tryout. Based on the results of the Open Tryout and Coach Evaluations players will be invited to attend a Call Back Tryout. Each Call Back Tryout will be lead by the Select Team Coach and BSC Director of Coaching. Call Back Tryouts will consist of a 90-120 minute training session in which players will be evaluated through skill work, small-sided games and a scrimmage.

Goalkeeper Tryouts

BSC U13 and U14 Select teams will each have one or two players selected to play goalkeeper for the team each game. Players interested in playing goalkeeper full time at these age groups will be invited to participate in the Call Back Tryout. Goalkeepers at the U13 and U14 Call Back Tryouts will be evaluated and ranked by the BSC Director of Coaching or BSC Goalkeeper Coach.

FAQ’s:

Why are there no Call Back Tryouts for the Under-11’s?  The BSC appreciates the pressure that any tryout puts on young players. We do not think it is appropriate to put our 4th grade players through the added stress of a Call Back Tryout. We feel more comfortable that 5th graders are more emotionally prepared to deal with the pressure of a Call Back Tryout.

Why are there no Goalkeeper tryouts for U11’s and U12’s?  To teach basic goalkeeping skills the BSC provides goalkeeping training (starting at U11 and continuing through U14) to any interested player. To benefit player development, the BSC does not allow our players to specialize as a goalkeeper (or any position for that matter) until U13. U11 and U12 players with an interest in playing goalkeeper are expected to play no more than half of each game as a goalkeeper. They will play the other half of each game as a field player. For this reason, U11 and U12 players will be placed on teams appropriate for their field playing abilities.

Placement Meeting

The BSC will conduct meetings in late May to discuss player placement within each age group. The BSC Girls and Boys Coordinators chair these meetings and invite the BSC Director of Coaching and current coaches to attend. At this meeting final player placements for the following year will be made based on: Select Team placements, Open Tryout results, Coach Evaluations and any final input from the current coaches. The BSC Director of Coaching will make the final decision if there are any contested placements. The ultimate goal is to place players on teams that are at an appropriate competitive level so that each player will continue to improve and find enjoyment in the game of soccer.

Announcement of Player Placements

Players will not be notified of their placements until the Spring Soccer Season has been completed. Typically players will receive notification of their placement by the last week in June. Some teams will have a coach already in place while the BSC will work through the summer to find coaches for others. Players can expect to be contacted by their coach by late July to early August.

FAQ’s:

What if I think my player was deserving of a higher placement level?  The BSC understands that player placement is not an exact science and that it is impossible to please everyone with its decisions. The BSC always strives to do its best to objectively place each of our 325+ players on a team appropriate for his/her competitive level. Players unhappy with their placement are encouraged to continue playing and develop with their assigned teams. Players will have the opportunity to earn a higher team placement at the following year’s tryout. A disappointing placement can be utilized as an opportunity to teach young people how to persevere in the face of adverse circumstances.

FAQ’s:

What should I do if the coach hasn’t contacted me by the middle of August?  Please feel free to contact the BSC Boys or Girls Coordinator if the team coach has not contacted you by the middle of August. It might simply be that your contact info was not communicated clearly. Whatever the case may be the your Boys and Girls Coordinators will want to help players and coaches get on the same page.