Travel Team Tryouts
McLean Youth Soccer Tryout Registration for the 2019-2020 seasonal year is OPEN.
  • The full SCHEDULE of tryout sessions for ages U9-U17 can be found HERE.
  • The SCHEDULE for our Juniors program (U8s) can be found HERE.
  • For Non-Current MYS players interested in trying out for the U18-U19 (2001/2002 birth years) age groups, please fill out this FORM so we can contact you about being evaluated by our coaching staff.

Information on Changes to MYS Travel Tryout Process

Click on the link below and choose "TRAVEL TRYOUTS".

  • IMPORTANT CONTACT INFO: Please make sure that the email address listed for the PRIMARY PARENT is current and active. This is the email address that will be used to communicate any schedule changes, information and offers.
  • All players interested in trying out for teams ages U8 through U17, including current members of MYS Travel teams (ECNL, CCL, and all other travel leagues), must complete this registration process. There is only one tryout registration that covers the entire age group - both for ECNL as well as non-ECNL teams. The player chooses if they want to attend the ECNL/Green tryout sessions, non-ECNL/Green tryout sessions or both.
  • There is NO FEE to register for tryouts.
  • Players should review the information below (Tryout Information) for more details about what to bring, what to wear, what to expect, etc!
  • Updated Team Information Sheets will be posted in early May.
  • If you have any questions about tryouts, registration or travel teams, please email traveladmin@mcleansoccer.org.

League Information: Please visit our league pages for more information about each league!

 
Travel Tryout Information

Overview of Program

The McLean Youth Soccer Travel Program offers a variety of levels of travel teams, competing in different travel leagues: ECNL (Elite Clubs National League), CCL (Club Champions League), and NCSL (National Capital Soccer League). The ECNL teams are appropriate for elite level players.

Age Group Chart (2019-2020 seasonal year)

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U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 U19

Coaching Staff
The McLean Youth Soccer professional technical staff is led by Director of Soccer, Keith Tabatznik, and Technical Director, Clyde Watson. Along with Goalkeeper Director, John Szaro, and Player Development Director, Jaime Moreno, the leadership is rounded out with Age Group Directors, Jamil Faryadi, Jaon Ahmad and Jamil Walker. Please read more about this staff on their bio page.

All MYS Travel Teams are coached by professional coaches with extensive experience. All coaches are employed by the club. The list of coaching assignments can be found on the website.

Practice Times / Locations
Travel team practices are typically held on weekday afternoon and evenings on fields located in the McLean area.

Commitment
Travel team players commit to their team for the entire 2018-19 seasonal year. Travel teams typically practice 2-4 times a week, and play games on weekends throughout the fall and spring season. In addition, teams may have 'offseason' activities. Commitment is typically higher for more competitive teams where there may be additional required sessions in the winter and summer. Details about each team can be found on the website beginning in early May.

Player Evaluation

The tryout process will occur over several days where players are evaluated based on all pertinent areas of the game for both current performance and predicted future performance. During the process, evaluations from multiple staff coaches will be taken into account in order to select the team.

Team Formation
Teams are formed based on the results of entire age group tryouts. MYS typically offers 3 teams per age group. However, this number may vary from year-to-year based on the results of the tryout process. The non-ECNL teams are labeled and tiered "Green", "White" and "Gold".

Player Fees

  • There is no fee to tryout.
  • Participation in the travel program consists of two fees:
    • The MYS Club Fee varies by age group and team level. This fee addresses technical staff compensation, league registration, field fees, insurance, administration, and other club-related fees.
    • The individual team fee addresses team tournament costs, travel costs and other team-related fees. This fee varies by team.
  • MYS Club Fees can be found here.
  • McLean Youth Soccer is committed to providing financial assistance to help players who would otherwise be unable to participate in the MYS program. We encourage families to apply as soon as possible and no later than three weeks prior to the start of the season. Information may be found at http://www.mcleansoccer.org/financial_aid. Questions should be directed to traveladmin@mcleansoccer.org

TRAVEL TRYOUT INFORMATION

Tryout Registration

  • All players (including current players) are REQUIRED to register online.
  • Tryout Registration will close 24 hours before the first scheduled tryout in an age group.
  • If you are not able to register within 24 hours of the first scheduled tryout, you should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the first session to register on site.

Tryout Attendance

  • It is in the player's best interest to attend all tryout sessions.
  • MYS conducts open tryouts. Returning players are required to tryout in the same manner as players new to the club.
  • Only players and active technical staff are permitted on the playing surface during the tryout session. Parents should remain off the fields. For example, at the Lewinsville Park fields, parents should remain outside the fenced area. At the Police field, parents should remain at the top of the ramp. At Spring Hill Rec # 2, parents should remain on the paved path.

Playing "Up"
Players must attend the tryouts for their specific birth year. The technical staff will determine if it is appropriate for a player to tryout in an older age group. If a player is interested in trying out for an older age group, please follow this procedure:

  • Register online for age appropriate group tryouts.
  • Email traveladmin@mcleansoccer.org with the following information: Player name, date of birth, current team, requested age group. You will be provided a form to complete so the technical staff will be notified of your request.
  • All players are required to attend at least the FIRST session with their age appropriate age group (even if approved to tryout with an older group).
  • Players should NOT attend a tryout without appropriate registration as it will further delay the process, and the technical staff will not have your information on their evaluation sheets.

What to Bring and Wear to Tryouts

  • Players should arrive 20 minutes prior to each session to check-in and get their tryout number.
  • Players will be given a number to attach to their shorts with safety pins (also provided). This number needs to be kept and used by the players at each tryout they attend.
  • Please bring ball, water, shin guards and cleats to all tryouts.
  • The staff requests that players not wear any travel uniform jerseys from any club to tryouts.

Player Notification

  • Please check back for updates on our player notification process.

Inclement Weather Information

When the forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms or inclement weather, please review the information below. An email will be sent to all registered participants and information posted on the Field Status page if there are any changes or cancellations. If you are unable to access your email, feel free to call the fields administrator at 703-906-3555. Every reasonable effort will be made to hold each tryout session.

Player Evaluation - Feedback

MYS understands that the tryout process is very stressful for players and families, and sometimes the outcome is not what a young player may have hoped for. The MYS Technical Leadership shares this informational document with insight into why a player may not be offered a roster spot on a team.


Questions
If you have any further questions about McLean Youth Soccer Travel Team Tryouts, please contact traveladmin@mcleansoccer.org.