Competitive Team Tryout Schedule
2020-21 Highlander Tryouts Schedule
Please contact the Director of Coaching regarding any tryouts related questions at email@example.com.
Competitive Team Selection Process
The Highlander program is the Competitive branch of Piedmont Soccer Club for U8 – U12 players and offers players the opportunity to participate at a higher level of competition and commitment than our Recreational league.
Age groups are determined by birth year (for example, all players born in 2012 <Jan 1 – Dec 31> are considered the same age group) and our goal is to form at least two teams per age/gender (Purple, White and Slate, where needed).
Purple is considered the ‘first’ team, with White and Slate the ‘second’ and ‘third’ team respectively.
All teams are led by one of our dedicated and qualified Professional Coaching staff members, who work alongside a Parent Volunteer Coach, with additional support from our Full Time Director of Coaching and Technical Directors.
Teams participate in age specific flights through NorCal Premier Soccer in Fall and Spring at appropriate levels of competition (Premier – Copper). The majority of our teams also participate in NorCal State Cup.
Piedmont Soccer Club’s Placement Day (tryouts) schedule is dependent on the ‘NorCal Tryout Window’, which set the dates that clubs are allowed to run ‘tryouts’.
This is typically in early May for U8-12 age groups and towards the end of May for U13-19 age groups.
Each age group will have two sessions. Sessions are usually 90 minutes long and dates will be posted on our website 6-8 weeks prior to tryouts, with registration opening around 4-5 weeks before the first session.
Players are expected to attend both sessions, but if for whatever reason you are not able to make one of the sessions, please reach out to the Technical Director within your age-group, so that the assessors can be made aware.
If a player cannot attend either session, due to injury, sickness, vacation, please contact us prior to the first placement day, so that we can look at the possibility of a ‘make-up’ session within the ‘tryout-window’.
Players who are accepted into a Highlanders team in May, will be guaranteed a place on a Highlanders team through the end of the following Spring.
Players accepted on a team, will register for the year and are required to commit to the team for Fall AND Spring.
Please speak to your pro coach prior to accepting a spot on the team, with any commitment issues and/or other conflicts.
During the placement days, players are observed by our Professional Coaching Staff, who assess the players within the four pillars of the game…
- Passing/Receiving (2v2s)
- Dribbling (1v1s)
- Ball Striking
- Speed of Play
- Decision Making
Offer and Acceptance
While occasionally the club may deem it necessary to offer a spot to a player before the end of second placement day, the process is as follows.
After both sessions for an age/gender are completed, our staff compile their notes to put together the recommended rosters and a club official, will begin to make contact with players to offer them a spot in the program.
This communication usually comes the Professional Coach for the Purple team in the age group and will take place within 72 hours of the final session for said age/gender.
Players will then have 48 hours to accept the place, register for the program and remit the non-refundable registration fee (full fee or first installment).
Purple teams are formed first, followed by White and then a Slate team, where we have sufficient numbers, commitment and ability.
We are usually able to contact all players within 72 hours of the final tryout.
We urge families to discuss the decision to join the Highlander program and ask any questions to the club before Placement Days begin, so that we can form teams efficiently and not leave players waiting to hear whether or not they have made a team.
The NorCal Tryout Window for U8-12 (2013-2009) begins on Monday, May 4.
U13-19 (2008 – 2003) players should visit AFCAcademy.club for those dates.
More details to follow soon.
Pre-Tryout Information Meeting
Each child who tries out for Highlanders should have at least one parent in attendance at our pre-tryout information meeting, where we will discuss the program and give you a chance to ask us any questions that you may have.
Wednesday, April 22 (Location TBD)
U8: 6:00 – 7:00p
U9-12: 7:30 – 8:30p
We will hold team meetings for all formed Highlander teams on the following days at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse (325 Highland Ave, Piedmont)
Wed, May 20 (6:00 – 7:00p): U8 Boys and Girls*
Wed, May 20 (7:30 – 8:30p): U9-10 Boys and Girls*
Thu, May 21 (6:00 – 7:00p): U11-12 Boys and Girls*
Thu, May 21 (7:30 – 8:30p): Make Up Time for Coach Conflicts
* Times/Days may be adjusted to accommodate coaches with multiple teams
We also strongly encourage teams to do a follow up ’team social’, so that families and players can get to know each other prior to the first practice in July.