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May, 2020

'Tryout' Process for New Players

Are you interested in joining United Soccer Athletes as new player for the 2020/21 competition year?  Register today ... the simple process is outlined below.

Welcome to United Soccer Athletes,

If you are interested in joining the USA family of teams for the 2020/2021 competition year the process is fairly simple.  It is certainly a departure from the normal process for this year as we are unable to host open, physical "in person" tryouts as we continue to support the COVID-19 safety measures mandated by the state and league soccer organizations.

Teams will be formed based on returning players and the addition of new players, like yourself.  As with so much of our approach to things these days, we must all adjust and cooperate to achieve success.  This being the case, we want to share an overview of the approach, highlight some of the special points that you need to know, and underline the action items that you need to complete to be considered for a USA team.

So here we go ... there is a lot in this email so please read through it ... we have color coded things to help outline the key points (I hope it helps).

GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Starting things out right for next year starts with getting our teams organized and our players registered in a timely manner.  Please respond to the requests for information and action items within the given deadlines.  This odd tryout season demands short deadlines in order to get organized and ultimately back on the field as soon as possible. 
  • To help ease financial strains, we are keeping the same fee structure as last year with zero increases! The table with the age group/team fees is posted on the Club website.
  • To further help financially, we are going to keep our uniforms for another year! This year was to be a new uniform year, but we will be pushing that off until the 2021/22 year. Our new players will have to purchase a kit.  Assistance may be available with getting a used uniform kit.
TEAM FORMATION AND ACTION ITEMS

The first step toward joining a USA team is to let us know you are interested (and some other bits of information).

ACTION ITEM 1)  AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than MONDAY, JUNE 15, tell us that you want to be considered for a team.  It is HIGHLY SUGGESTED that this is completed PRIOR TO JUNE 1 to help ensure that your player can be included with returning players during team organization.  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.
  • 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
  • you will get to a page where you will see your player's name with two programs: 1) New Players  and 2) Returning Players - select the "New Players" link and click the "continue" link
  • that will take you the registration form and the various questions that we ask you to answer.
  • once you are done with that you will be all set!
  •  if you have issues, contact Bruce Lane at [email protected]usasoccerholland.com  
ACTION ITEM 2)  AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than MONDAY, JUNE 15, go to the GVSA website at www.gvsoccer.org and register your player for ' tryouts'.  Again, It is HIGHLY SUGGESTED that this is completed PRIOR TO JUNE 1.  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
  • select "USA Soccer Club" from the bottom (scroll down) of the drop down options
  • if you are brand new to travel soccer in our league, select "register a new player" - if you are new to USA but coming from another GVSA club, select "register an existing player"
  • complete the balance of the information
  • once you are done with that you will be all set!
  • if you have issues, contact Bruce Lane at [email protected]usasoccerholland.com
Not having tryouts will create team formation complexities.  Without tryouts to see returning and new players together at the same time (and with the added challenge of the timing gap between the offers for returning players and those to new players), coaches will be in a position of forming teams without essential information.  As such, the teams organized for the June 1 offers to existing players are likely to be partially formed.  This will allow coaches the necessary flexibility to add new players or adjust the 6/1 rosters.  Although the need for roster adjustments will certainly be unsettling, it may be essential to ensure that each player is on a team that gives them best opportunity to develop and grow.  If roster adjustments are found to be beneficial or necessary, it may be possible to have this completed based on players actually working out together as an age group.  These age group workouts will likely occur after June 16 (based on compliance with league directives and state association guidelines) in small groups.  The workouts will give age group coaches a chance to physically see the players individually and as small groups. This will provide the essential information that was lost without tryouts.

For those families that want to hear more information about this and the Club, we are hosting a ZOOM video meeting on WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 AT 6:30PM.  To join the meeting, please reference this information:

Topic: USA Informational Meeting
Time: May 27, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Over the course of the next several days after we confirm information from returning players and continue to receive interest from new players, the coaches and club operations staff will start the process of team formation.  Coaches from each age group will meet together (via online meetings) to organize teams.  As mandated by our league, on June 1, coaches will extend offers to returning players.  On June 15, coaches will extend offers to new players.  Once you get an offer for your player there are a few more steps needed to make it all official for the 2020/21 season.

ACTION ITEM 3) UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR TEAM OFFER ... SAY YES! We do hope that you will join the USA family of team.
ACTION ITEM 4) BY TUESDAY, JUNE 16, COMPLETE THE GVSA REGISTRATION INVITATION.  You will get this via email.  Doing so will allow us to start team activities.
ACTION ITEM 5) BY THURSDAY, JUNE 18, COMPLETE THE USA ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS. Again, doing so will allow for team functions to start.

Making it through this timeline will get your player all set on a USA Squad!

We hope that you will all make the decision to join the USA Club for next year.  We are excited to get our players and teams back together and back in THE GAME!  We appreciate your rapid response to action items and coordination with our coaches. As always, if you have any questions please reach out to me directly.
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