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USA Summer Upper High School Girls Elevation I and Elevation II

We are excited to announce the second year of the USA Summer High School Girls Elevation Programs for Summer 2024.  This email is the detailed announcement of the tryouts for the our High School Girls Summer Elevation I AND Elevation II teams.  Last year we formed two teams ... Elevation I - that traveled to college-show case tournaments (further travel) and Elevation II - that traveled to competitive tournaments (closer travel).  Both teams were well formed, proved to be a successful, practical approach to summer development (better approach than Super Y), and a great, fun way to keep playing with purpose.  We are doing it again this year!

USA is offering our players a suite of training and competition opportunities over the summer prior to the fall season.  These programs are designed to give our players experiences similar to Super Y programs while maintaining the practicality and accessibly that defines our Club.  The foundation of our ELEVATION PROGRAMS will be to provide focused, intentional, technical individual development instruction.  All of our ELEVATION PROGRAMS will feature instruction by members of our TECHNICAL TRAINING STAFF and will include participation from various senior coaches.  The expectation is that participants will be 100% committed to individual growth; executing the instruction, learning the concepts, and dedicating themselves to continuing their commitment outside of the programs while they join their teams and while at home.

Upper High School Girls Summer Elevation I: This summer program is focused on college preparation through elevated training, competitive friendlies, and travel to elite-level college showcase tournaments. This team is open to all ladies that want high-level play with a focus on college-level development and exposure (although plans to play in college is not a requirement).  On the flip-side, if you want to play in college but can't commit to this program, it will not get in the way of other opportunities to develop toward college-play within the club.

Upper High School Girls Summer Elevation II:  This summer program is focused on fall season and high school preparation through elevated training, competitive friendlies, and travel to local elite-level tournaments. This program is open to all ladies that want focused training to support their fall season and overall high-level competition and development.

Details for Tryout Registration, Tryouts, and Team Formation

  • Both programs are intended for female players in the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 age groups.  Players born in 2006 that will graduate in 2024 are welcome to participate but they must also participate in USA teams during the fall 2024 season.
  • The teams will form via tryouts in the winter (March 3, 2024).  Players that try out for Elevation I but are not offered a roster spot will be eligible for a roster spot on the Elevation II team.
  • Registration for the tryout is required prior to the tryout.
    • If you are unable to register online, you may do so onsite (but, this will slow the check-in process for you and other participants).
    • If an individual cannot attend tryouts, they MUST complete the online registration process and indicate "Absent" when answering Question 1. Not attending the tryout may certainly impact selection to the team.
    • To register follow these steps:
      • Follow this link to the USA TeamSnap registration site :
      • Complete the registration steps.
      • You will recieve a confirmation email.
      • There is no cost for this registration.
  • TRYOUTS will be SUNDAY, MARCH 3rd at the Soccer Stop Sportsplex in Holland (5 River Hills Drive) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    • Check-in - 1:00 - 1:45pm
    • Player/parent meeting - 1:45 - 2:00pm
    • Tryouts  - 2:00 - 4:00/5:00 ... we expect the tryouts to be completed by 4:00pm but additional time may be required up to 5:00pm  
  • Team formation for each teams will take place in the days to follow the tryout.
    • All players will be contacted by phone and/or email/text with the tryout results/team placement.
    • Selected individuals must commit, register and pay online through the USA registration system upon committing to the team.
  • Tournaments that are being finalized (subject to change).
  • Training sessions for each program:
    • Summer: approximately 6 sessions - Date and times are TBD
  • Team Fee covering tournament fees, summer uniform, coaches fees, field space usage:
    • Elevation I - $450
    • Elevation II - $450
  • Instruction will be led by USA Senior Coaches with instruction from USA Technical Team staff.
    • Elevation I – Kelly Wernette-Leff, Matt Margaron, Chris Scholten with Kirk Sautter and other high school senior coaches and USA Technical Training Staff
    • Elevation II – Bianca Bobadilla, Anna Heintzelman with Kirk Sautter and other high school senior coaches and USA Technical Training Staff 

Important "Big Picture" Points

  • These teams are offered to ELEVATE the skill and experience of all of those that participate.
  • Tryouts are open to all high school girls born between 2009 and 2006.  There are no limitations or pre-qualifications to try out for these teams.  It does not matter what league a player participates in during the regular season (e.g., premier, elite, select, non-club).  Participation will be based on the results of tryouts.
  • As the ELEVATION TEAMS are summer teams that are separate from the regular competitive season, players from other clubs may also participate.
  • These SUMMER ELEVATION TEAMS are outside the regular league teams.
  • The SUMMER ELEVATION TEAMS are supplemental to our regular team (those formed through tryouts in June) training and competition.
  • Participation in any of these summer teams has ZERO impact on participation with fall teams.
  • Participation in the ELEVATION TEAMS are intended to augment (are additive to) whatever individual fall teams plan to do over the summer.  They are not a replacement.  Individual team coaches will make plans that best fit their individual teams.  All players are expected to participate in their regular team activities.
  • Instruction for the teams will be supported by a combination of existing team coaches and USA Technical Team staff.  The coaches supporting the summer teams will have no correlation to the coaching staffs for the fall teams.


If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Bruce Lane, Director of Operations by email at [email protected] or text at 616-510-0774

Kirk Sautter, Competition Committee Leader by email at [email protected] or text at 616-368-1145

Wade Schuemann, Director of Coaching and Player Development by email at [email protected] or text at 616-403-0974

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