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Select & Elite Team Formation

USA Select & Elite Team Formation for 2022/23

USA Soccer Club welcomes all soccer athletes who want to play on a Select or Elite Fall 2022 and/or Spring 2023 with USA!

This year we are supporting teams at the following levels: Boys and Girls, birth years 2016 (U7) through 2004 (U19)

What the tryouts are:
Teams are formed through in-person, open, age and gender-specific tryouts.  It is essential that all players attend tryouts to ensure that player placement is as effective, efficient, and appropriate as possible.  It is also imperative that new players join the club to ensure continued strengthening of our teams and competitive experience (please spread the word). Our trained and licensed coaches evaluate participants based primarily on individual skill-level and apparent coachability. Secondarily, recognition may be paid to more subjective factors (e.g., team continuity/balance, advanced skill, player attitude/effort, etc.). We historically field at least one team at each age group for each gender.  We strive to ensure that our first teams are comprised of players of the strongest skill and like age/development.  We often will form multiple teams at a given age group and, as such, are able to support the developmental needs of all players.

Our Select Teams compete in the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) within the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA).  Within this level of competition, they play teams that are generally within an hour of our area.  They also participate in tournaments that best suited to their level of development.

The Elite Teams are also within the GVSA league but are those teams that compete at the top division in the U12 and older age groups.  These teams compete at a higher level of competition.  They play locally as well as as well as teams in other leagues across the state.  These teams participate in tournaments that will provide higher levels of competition and may be further away from the area.

The Premier Teams compete in the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP) with MSYSA.  These teams play state-wide at an even higher levels of competition with their results earning rankings across the state to support promotion (or relegation) to higher levels of competition.  These teams participate in high-level, college showcase tournaments.

Our Elite and Premier teams also participate in the MSYSA State Cup Tournament.  This is an in-season tournament with games that are played throughout the season (vs a single weekend) agains other high-level teams that must be accepted for participation.  These games take our teams across the state to gain further high-level competition.

Some key points to know:

  • Tryouts are open to all ... teams do not stay the same from year to year and everyone (even legacy players) must tryout to make a team.
  • Generally, on any team, the core may remain together, the outcome of the tryout process does create changes to our team rosters to ensure appropriate development of individual players, appropriate competitive level of teams, and continued strength of the Club at each age group.
  • We strive to ensure participation ... we recognize that every athlete develops at different rates.  As such, although tryouts (as is the world around us) are competitive, we strive to ensure that any player that has the desire to play (as witnessed by attending tryouts) has a team to play on (*although not a guarantee, we have historically been very successful in managing this).
  • We openly support the multi-activity lives of our athletes ... whether other sports, church, community ... if you play USA you can do other things, too.  Although, we do expect strong personal and family commitment and dedication for the sake of our teams, level of competitiveness, and strength of the Club.
  • The VALUE of USA is superior.  Our Club offers multiple training and individual enrichment programs that are not offered by any other local club.  There are clubs that are less expensive, but they do not offer the opportunities for overall growth and wellness that are offered by USA.  There are clubs that are more expensive, but their cost does not equate to the opportunities available.
  • Everyone can afford to play at USA ... we recognize the cost of playing travel soccer can be a serious consideration and as such offer strong, private financial aid program to ensure that all athletes that wish to play USA have the opportunity.

TRYOUT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To get the organization of teams for the upcoming year headed in the right direction, we need to know who's returning or planning to join USA.  We ask this every year for informational purposes.  The information you share does not influence tryouts or team placement.

 
PLAYERS NEW TO USA

 
PRE-TRYOUT ACTION ITEM 1 OF 2
DEADLINE = FRIDAY, JUNE 10 (WALK-ONS ARE WELCOME)

Share your desire to tryout for a USA Team.  To make this happen we have set up a "tryout registration" page on our online registration system.  Simply follow these steps and you will be all set.  Please note: Everyone must respond regardless of what tryout you plan to attend (select or premier).  If you are unable to pre-register, walk-ons are 100% fine.

  • go to the Club website at www.usasoccerholland.com
  • locate the 'REGISTER' link in the upper right corner (not the 'login' link) of the home page
  • follow the steps to create a user account (if you have issues please contact Bruce Lane at [email protected]usasoccerholland.com)
  • that will take you to a page where you may 'register my players' - select that link box
  • you will be navigated to a page where you enter account holder (you) information - complete that page and continue
  • you will then proceed through a number of pages where you enter information about your player - complete those pages and continue
  • next to their name you should see a blue link box with "programs available" - select that link
  • that will take you to the Available Programs page where you will see several options - select the "New Player Tryout  ..." link and click the "continue" link
  • that will take you the registration form and the various questions that we ask you to answer - IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE IS CURRENT AND ACCURATE - IT IS THE ONLY WAY THAT THE CLUB CAN MAKE CONTACT ABOUT TRYOUT RESULTS
  • once you are done with that you will be all set
  • at tryouts, you will have to check-in to ensure that we have your complete information and get further tryout details.

PRE-TRYOUT ACTION ITEM 2 OF 2
DEADLINE = BY FRIDAY, JUNE 10 (WALK-ONS ARE WELCOME)

To complete the pre-registration process, the league in which we play (Grand Valley Soccer Association) requires registration also.  To accomplish this, go to the GVSA website at www.gvsoccer.org and register your player for ' tryouts'.   Again, every player that wants to play USA Soccer next year must complete this step.

  • go to www.gvsoccer.org.
  • locate the "Tryout Registration" link in the middle of the home page (it is tiny and easy to miss).
  • select "USA Soccer Club" from the bottom (scroll down) of the drop down options
  • select "register an existing player"
  • complete the balance of the information
  • once you are done with that you will be all set!


RETURNING USA PLAYERS

 
PRE-TRYOUT ACTION ITEM 1 OF 2
DEADLINE = FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Tell us what your plans are for next year.  To make this happen we have set up a "tryout registration" page on our online registration system.  Simply follow these steps and you will be all set.  Please note: Everyone must respond regardless of what tryout you plan to attend (select or premier).  If coaches do not get your response by the deadline, they will be contacting you directly.

  • go to the Club website atwww.usasoccerholland.com
  • locate the 'LOGIN' link in the upper right corner (not the 'register' link) of the home page
  • log into your personal account (if you have issues please contact Bruce Lane at [email protected])
  • that will take you to your account page where you should see your player(s) listed in the middle of the page
  • next to their name you should see a blue link box with "programs available" - select that link
  • that will take you to the Available Programs page where you will see several options - select the "Returning Players Tryout ..." link and click the "continue" link
  • that will take you the registration form and the various questions that we ask you to answer - IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE IS CURRENT AND ACCURATE - IT IS THE ONLY WAY THAT THE CLUB CAN MAKE CONTACT ABOUT TRYOUT RESULTS
  • once you are done with that you will be all set and ready for tryouts
  • at tryouts, you will have to check-in to ensure that we have your complete information and get further tryout details.


PRE-TRYOUT ACTION ITEM 2 OF 2
DEADLINE = FRIDAY, JUNE 3

To complete the pre-registration process, the league in which we play (Grand Valley Soccer Association) requires registration also.  To accomplish this, go to the GVSA website at www.gvsoccer.org and register your player for ' tryouts'.   Again, every player that wants to play USA Soccer next year must complete this step.

  • go to www.gvsoccer.org.
  • locate the "Tryout Registration" link in the middle of the home page (it is tiny and easy to miss).
  • select "USA Soccer Club" from the bottom (scroll down) of the drop down options
  • select "register an existing player"
  • complete the balance of the information
  • once you are done with that you will be all set!

TRYOUT DETAILS

Boys 2016 (U7) - 2004 (U19) – Monday, June 13 (rain date = Wednesday, June 16th)
Girls 2016 (U7) - 2004 (U19) - Tuesday, June 14 (rain date = Thursday, June 17th)
  • Check-in: 5:30-6:15pm (at large tent)
  • Tryout Start: approximately 6:30pm
  • Tryout End: approximately 9:00pm

Tryouts will be held at USA's fields at Helder Park (corner of Quincy St. and 104th Avenue). 

In the event of a weather cancellation, if the announcement is not made prior to the start of check-in at the field, notice will be posted to the home page of this website only (do not rely on Facebook or other social media for official information).

What to Bring

  • A soccer-playing friend (they should tryout too)
  • A parent or guardian (to do paperwork (even if you completed the online registration) and be there with you))
  • Sufficient water (bring extra)
  • A soccer ball (we won't have enough to share) - U7-U12 = size 4, U13 & Up = size 5
  • Shin guards (we will be playing and playing well will be important)
  • Cleats
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather.
  • A positive attitude
  • Please do not wear any club-affiliated clothing

WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND TRYOUTS

Players interested in joining the Club for the 2022/2023 competition year must attend tryouts.  This is the only way that we can ensure that players are selected to the appropriate team, teams are formed in the most effective manner, and the Club is fully prepared for the competition year.  This being said, we understand that circumstances sometimes do not allow candidate players to attend tryouts.

If you are unable to attend tryouts you must complete the ABSENTEE PLAYER Pre-Registration Online Form.  To accomplish this, follow the same steps outlined above in Pre-Tryout Action Item 1, but select Absentee Player from the 'available programs'. 

Completing this process is the only way that we know that players want to join the Club (telling a coach or a friend is not enough).  There are no pre-defined makeups for missing tryouts and completing this absentee process does not guarantee a spot on a team.  However, for returning players, the coach is aware of individual skills and can use that understanding to make team placements.


POINTS OF CONTACTS FOR QUESTIONS

If you have questions in the following areas please contact the following club staff:

Club information, tryout process, absentee tryouts, online registration, general questions:
Club Director of Operations, Bruce Lane at [email protected]

Select/elite team formation, premier team formation, coaching, general questions:
Club Director of Coaching, Wade Schuemann at [email protected] 

Note, the USA website at www.usasoccerholland.com is the only source of information and up-to-date details regarding all aspects of tryouts.  Social media sites will not be maintained for this purpose (although information may be posted).  Do not rely on the club Facebook and Instagram sites for official information.


WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER TRYOUTS

Immediately after each tryout event, the coaches and club operations staff will start the process of team formation.  Coaches from each age group will meet together to organize teams based on the tryout results.  We will do our absolute best to contact families within 24-48 hours.  We know that the results are very important to you so be alert to emails (check your spam or junk mail folders) or phone calls.  Because communication will be flowing quickly, initial contact may be by email rather than phone calls. If you do not receive a call the night of tryouts do not be concerned - we will do our best to make calls the following day.  Phone call follow-up will be completed as soon as possible by the team coach or club manager. Please know that we take this process very seriously and know how important it is on many personal levels (in addition to being important for the Club).  As such, we make every effort to get it right ... and that often takes time (e.g., if you see a large turnout at your age group, the organization may take longer and calls may be delayed).  The email and/or phone communication will share the team placement with the Club and will provide you with details moving forward. If you have not heard from a Club representative within 36 hours, please contact the Director of Operations at [email protected] or by phone/text at 616-510-0774.


THEN WHAT'S NEXT

Once you make the team (select, elite, or premier) the coach or assistant will contact you with information about how to complete the registration process, the team, the team staff, future plans, etc..  Part of that information will be details for the Club-Wide Season Kick-Off on the evening of Monday, June 27th.  That evening the entire Club will come out to the Soccer Stop Sportsplex to spend an hour or so together, meeting your coach and teammates, selecting uniforms, and completing any information that might be left to do.  This is the chance to finish online registration (we will have computers set up and people to help), pay if you did not do so online, talk with Club leadership about financial aid, and age any questions answered.

After that each team is on its way into summer, training & team building activities, and the USA Club Camp in mid August when we really kick off the competition year.















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