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2023 tryout INFORMATION

Tryout Dates:
August 7-9, 2023

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Cougar Stadium


Captain's Practices
Captain's practices include weight training at 7:00 PM followed by scrimmages run by captains and upperclassman. All captain's practices and conditioning are VOLUNTARY. 

Player Evaluation Criteria:


Selection to the Soccer Team will be determined by each player’s performance and consistency in the following FOUR Areas of soccer.


  1. Representation: Is the athlete a good representative of the school and of its mission?

  2. Skills: passing, shooting, game sense, positional play, etc.

  3. Knowledge: does the player understand the game, can he play it at speed, with and without the ball.

  4. Physical: Fitness, Strength, Speed



1.) Representation: (Mental/Psychological/Emotional)

  • Concentration/Focus

  • Self-Control and Restraint

  • Composure on the field and bench

  • Persistence and Tenacity (persevering in the face of difficulty)

  • Truthfulness, Reliability, Responsibility

  • Leadership

  • Team Concept (Team Goals before Personal Goals)

  • Mental Toughness (ability to endure temporary physical, mental, psychological or even emotional discomfort for the greater good of the team

  • Training Mentality (always work your hardest)

  • Game Mentality (100% effort and competitiveness in every situation)

  • Win with humility and lose with dignity

  • Positive Role Model

  • Positive Language (negative talk shows a negative attitude)

  • Positive and Respectful Attitude towards self, teammates, coaching staff, opponents, referees, athletic staff, equipment and facilities.

  • Positive Sportsmanship AT ALL TIMES!!!


2. TECHNICAL Skills (The “how” of Soccer):

  • Passing (with both feet) – short and long range, different surfaces

  • Receiving – ground balls, air balls, with foot, thigh, chest, head.

  • Dribbling – speed with the ball. One v one moves.

  • Chipping – short and long range.

  • Heading – offensive and defensive.

  • Shooting – accuracy and power.

  • Tackling

  • Shielding

  • Goal-Keeping – catching ability, collapse dive, extension dive, punts.


3.) TACTICAL Knowledge  (Decision Making …. The “why” of Soccer):

  • 1st Attacker – 1 v 1 to beat opponent, recognizing when to hold or penetrate when to dribble, pass or shoot.

  • 2nd/3rd Attacker – supporting roles, positioning on the field, timing of runs, movement off the ball, combination play (wall pass, overlap, takeover)

  • 1st Defender – pressuring the ball, timing of defensive tackles

  • 2nd/3rd Defender – positioning on the field, movement off the ball, balancing, communication, field vision without the ball.

  • Execution of set plays and team strategies and formations.

  • Decisions about which skill (pass, receive, dribble, chip, shoot, head, tackle) to execute in response in a given situation (speed of thought).

  • Goal-Keeping – positioning and angles, decisions about when to set and dive, stay on your feet, leave box, ext.


4.) Physical:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness – measured by the 2 Mile Test under 14 minutes, 1 Mile Test  under 6 Minutes and additional fitness test - Beep Test.

  • Speed and Quickness – ability to cover a distance in a short period of time.

  • Agility – ability to change the position of your body and control the movement of your whole body.

  • Balance – the ability to keep an upright posture while stationary or moving.

  • Coordination – integration of eye, hand and foot movements.

  • Power – ability to perform at strength at a rapid pace.

  • Reaction Time – the amount of time it takes to start a movement once your senses signal the need to move.

  • General Size

  • Work Rate – effort

  • Athleticism

  • Strength – ability to protect your space and the ball, not get pushed off the ball.

  • Health and Self Care – durability, resistant to injury, proper nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress and time management, response to muscle soreness and injury.

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