TRYOUTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR TRYOUTS?
Online registration is available at www.gssurfsc.org – click on Tryout on the home page menu bar or the tryout photo. Pre-registration for tryouts is highly recommended. Pre-registration will expedite check-in of your player at their first tryout session. Pre-registration will close at midnight the day prior to tryouts. If you are unable to pre-register, walk-up registration is allowed. Walk up registration will cost $10 more. The walk-up registration fee is $30 (cash or checks made payable to GS Surf). Walk up registrants must have a parent or guardian present to sign the medical and liability waiver. Forms received at the office on the first day of tryouts will be considered late and the registration fee charged will be the $30 walk up registration fee.
WHAT HAPPENS AT TRYOUTS?
Our teams are formed through a player tryout process. Each player is assigned a numbered tryout jersey to be worn at each tryout session. Players are identified by that unique jersey number during the course of the tryout. Coaches will base their selections on player skill and ability demonstrated during the tryouts. Players will receive notification of their tryout results after the last tryout session by the age group coaches.
WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING TO TRYOUTS?
Players should bring their soccer shoes, shin guards, a water bottle and a soccer ball and dress appropriately for the weather. If you are new to the club, please bring a copy of your birth certificate or passport to the first tryout session. Do not wear any clothing or uniform pieces from past teams.
HOW WILL MY CHILD BE NOTIFIED IF A SESSION IS RESCHEDULED OR CANCELLED?
Tryout sessions may be rescheduled or cancelled due to field availability or severe weather. Check back to the GS Surf website frequently before your tryout. Every effort will be made to inform you of any last-minute cancellations or reschedule via email if you are pre-registered.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO ATTEND ALL OF THE TRYOUT SESSIONS?
We recommend that you attend all of the tryout sessions for your age group. The more sessions you attend, the greater the opportunity for the head coach and the evaluators to see your skills. You must attend at least one session. If there is an unavoidable conflict with all of the sessions for your age, or if you are sick or injured, please contact the appropriate Director of Coaching. Arrangements can be made to provide you an alternate time to try out. In some circumstances, a supplemental session may be scheduled for an age group.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS INJURED AT THE TIME OF MY TRYOUT?
If you are injured and unable to compete fully at tryouts, you will need to register and bring a note from your doctor detailing the injury along with an estimate of when you can resume training. Players will then coordinate with club/team/coach a date when player can receive an opportunity to attend a team training session and be evaluated to be considered for a team.
Injured players will be assigned a jersey number, and their injury will be noted on the tryout evaluator sheets.
HOW WILL MY CHILD BE OFFERED A SPOT ON A TEAM?
Once tryouts are completed the coaches for the respective teams will begin to make phone calls to the players selected. The A team coach will complete his calls first followed by the B, C, etc. team coaches. While our goal is to have everyone notified within 48 hours this depends on the coach’s ability to reach players/parents and player commitment. You can help the process by sticking close to your home phone or your cell phone following the final tryout session. A decision on an offer will be expected when the coach calls. You should give thought in advance to the various offers you might receive so you can give the coach an answer right away.
Following the final tryout session for your age group, the coaches will confirm their selections with the Coaching Directors. U13-U19 11v11 teams will have a roster of 14-18 players on a team, U9 and U10 7v7 teams will have a roster of 9-12 players on a team and U11 and U12 9v9 teams will have a roster of 12-14 players on a team.
All players who try out will receive a phone call by a GS Surf Coach, regardless of whether they have been selected for a team or not. If you have not heard from GS Surf 3 days after the final tryout session, please contact the GS Surf office at 425-899-7873
Commitments to Teams are Taken Seriously.When a player makes a commitment to GS Surf by accepting an offer extended by a coach, that commitment is not taken lightly. GS Surf takes careful consideration in extending an offer to a player and each player should do the same in making their decision to accept a roster spot. If a player breaks their commitment, not only will we have lost one player, but we will have lost another who would have committed and filled the roster spot. When a player makes a commitment to join a team it is for one seasonal year of play and one full year of payment to GS Surf. Consequently, GS Surf adheres to a strict “no refund” policy. Once a player has committed to a GS Surf team they are expected to pay the full year of fees.
ARE RETURNING PLAYERS GIVEN PREFERENCE DURING TRYOUTS?
No. The tryouts are an open process and selection is based on the skills that a player demonstrates at the tryouts. While it is true that returning players have an advantage due to the fact that they train almost year around with professional coaching, there are no guarantees.
I AM INTERESTED IN PLAYING FOR GS SURF, BUT NEED ASSISTANCE WITH FEES. IS THERE A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?
GS Surf has a scholarship program for those who cannot afford the full cost of playing premier soccer. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application and submit to the office PRIOR TO TRYOUTS or the FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS so the club can determine if you qualify. Please be sure all required financial documents are turned in with the application. You can find the scholarship application on the Surf site under Parent Resources, Forms.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR A TEAM?
Once you have received a phone call from the GS Surf coach and have accepted a position on the team, go to www.gssurfsc.org to complete player registration. Registration will open the day after tryouts have been completed. You may need to upload a copy of the player’s birth certificate or passport and a headshot for the player’s ID card so have those ready. Select your team, acknowledge the waivers/notices, and set up the payment plan or pay in full. At the end of the registration you will print the Medical Release Form, Parent and Player Codes of Conduct. Sign and give these forms to your team manager at your team formation meeting. All players must be registered before the team formation meeting. Players will not be able to begin practicing until fully registered. If you cannot register online you may register by filling out paper forms at the Greater Seattle Surf office at 11824 North Creek Parkway North, Suite 101, Bothell, WA 98011
Team Formation Meeting
After players register the team will get together for a team formation meeting. Teams meet to:
1) Turn in paperwork: Medical Release Form, Codes of Conduct printed after you complete the online registration
2) Submit a check to the Team Treasurer to cover tournament fees, team equipment expenses, etc.
3) Sign up for volunteer roles.
4) Talk about plans for the upcoming year.
Your coach or team manager will let you know when and where the meeting will be held. Each player must have a parent or guardian attend the team formation meeting.
HOW DO I GET A UNIFORM?
Uniforms will be ordered online through Soccer.com. Information will be shared shortly after the team formation meetings.