FAQs About Tryouts
Tryouts happen once a year, between mid May and early June. Once dates and session times for each age group are determined they are posted on our homepage. The link to mandatory online registration for tryouts will also be available on our homepage (by mid February at the latest).
Yes. The more times we see a player during tryouts, the more accurate our assessment of his/her abilities. We understand conflicts with other activities might prevent attendance at all tryout dates, but all players should do their best to attend as many of the tryout dates as possible.
Yes. Tryouts are mandatory for all players, even those who competed for the club in the season that just concluded.
A team of highly qualified coaches who will be coaching during the upcoming season carefully assesses each player at the tryouts by looking at each one’s athletic ability, technical skill, tactical understanding, effort, enthusiasm, and most importantly, their passion for the game.
Yes, but only if approved by our Director of Coaching.
No. This is strictly enforced in competitive soccer and such rule is established by the US Soccer Federation.
For the 2017-2018 season:
- Select players born in 2011 (U8) will play 4v4
- Players born in 2010 (U9) and 2009 (U10) will play 7v7
- Players born in 2008 (U11) and 2007 (U12) will play 9v9
- Players born in 2006 or before will play 11v11
Players that receive and accept the invitation to join the club are expected to commit to all practices and games. Failure to commit to participating whole-heartedly at 100% has negative consequences to other team families, to the team itself and to the club in general.
Teams are formed within 48 hours of the final tryout date.
Player selections are posted online (see News) within 48 hours of the last tryout date. Invited players also receive an email from TeamSnap with information on how to register to pay Club Fees.
Players are given less than 1 week to accept the invitation and secure their spot on a team by registering and paying an initial portion of Club Fees in the amount of $500. Players in need of Financial Aid are required to pay $100 upfront instead. If this initial payment is made by check, it must be received by the club within 2 weeks of the invitation to join the club. Failure to meet such deadlines results in the offer being extended to someone else.
Players that do not receive an invitation to join the club are strongly encouraged to enroll in one of the two local recreational soccer leagues with which we collaborate closely: West Marin Youth Soccer League and San Anselmo Recreation Department Soccer. We understand that not being selected for a team can be difficult for many children, but continuing to play is extremely important.
It’s true that some clubs operate under such principle, unfortunately. However, our club’s main philosophy is to focus on long-term player development and to make each player’s experience a fun, exciting, yet challenging one while at the same time teaching players how to honor and deal with higher-level competition. Our goal is to create a healthy, competitive environment that promotes individual and team growth for success on and off the field. We believe that, whatever the score, there are important lessons to be learned. Sometimes a team’s greatest advancement in skill and maturity comes from a loss. Our trainers are educators, and as such, finding the lessons in every outcome becomes a way to open the door for learning and improvement.
Any player can try out for as many competitive clubs as he/she wants, but a player can only play in one competitive club at a time during the same year-long season. Additionally, players playing competitively cannot play for a recreational team at the same time. The Ross Valley Breakers FC is open to all players who are looking to improve their soccer skills no matter where they live or have played in the past.