Selection to an Orlando City Youth Academy Team is as simple as 1-2-3
Intent to Play.
Player Evaluation Sessions.
Player Selection & Team Formation.
1. The Intent to Play process states your intent to be placed on an Orlando City Youth Soccer team. It includes registration for the Player Evaluation Sessions, the 2019-20 documentation required and collecting your player identification number from the main office.
Once you have stated your Intent to Play you are clear to join the Player Evaluation Sessions in May but before this we want to explain what we mean by the Evaluation Process.
When are the Player Evaluation Sessions?
2. Player Placement & Player Evaluation Sessions
We have witnessed the considerable amount of stress that the traditional tryout event places on our players, coaches and families. It does not reflect the work the player has done over the course of the year and is unfair for them to be assessed only on the basis of their performance in a 1-2-3 day event. As a result, we have a year-round, ongoing evaluation process for our players that is far more comprehensive and gives our coaches and staff a more well-rounded view of each player.
The process relies on a number of tools to evaluate a player to ensure each player is placed appropriately based on his or her tactical, technical, physical and psycho-social development. These evaluation tools include:
Using this information we are able to assess our current players and make determinations on placement. Having said that….the team formation process is affected by two factors;
Player Evaluation Sessions (aka tryouts) for New players
Although we use a year-round player placement process to evaluate current players within Orlando City Youth Soccer, we will continue to hold evaluation sessions to evaluate prospective players from outside of the club. During these sessions, we look for very specific qualities in each player to ensure they are a good fit for our club and team culture and training methodology we use here at Orlando City Youth Soccer.
During Player Evaluation Sessions we use current Orlando City Youth Soccer players and teams to help gauge where an propspective player may fit within the structure of our club.
We feel confident in this process to place players in the appropriate team but will it additionally reduce the stress, anxiety, and difficulties surrounding the tryout event for players and parents.
Who Needs to Attend the Player Evaluation Sessions?
All players, returning to Orlando City Youth Soccer.
Any player not a current player at Orlando City Youth Soccer Club who wishes to tryout and be evaluated and be placed on a team.
Goalkeepers at all ages.
3. Player Selection & Team Formation
Current and prospoective players will be contacted by their respective Coach to offer them a place on a team. To secure a place on the Orlando City Youth Academy team , we ask you to register within 48 hours. Team meeting for the new team will occur May 22, 23 or 24th. More details to follow.