2024/25 SF Glens Competitive Tryout FAQ
1. What should I bring to tryouts?
Players should wear soccer appropriate clothing and equipment—including cleats and shin guards—and be prepared for changes in weather. Additionally, all players should bring water and a soccer ball.
It’s important to realize that with so many players trying out things can be hard to keep track of at the field. Keep any bags and valuables with a parent.
2. What should I expect at tryouts?
The main thing to expect is to play soccer and have a good time. Each lead coach for an age group has a slightly different approach to running a tryout, but generally players can expect to have some time warming up, some time in a small-sided activity (smaller group) and the majority of their time in game play (whether small-field or bigger field game).
During the tryout coaches may ask players questions. They are just trying to get a better understanding of players and being asked a question by a coach is usually a good thing. They also may move players from time to time. Coaches like to make sure other coaches get to see players, and all coaches need to see players in different situations and playing with different levels of other players.
3. What if I want to "Play Up?" (Play in an older age group than my own).
All players MUST tryout in their proper age-group. If a player wishes to be considered for playing up (in an older age group), he or she must ALSO attend the older age-group tryout. This means for every tryout date the player attends, he or she would need to tryout in BOTH tryout sessions. Please fill out PLAY UP request (link tbd)
4. What happens AFTER my Tryout session has ended?
The coaches will thank the players for their attendance and effort. They will also, briefly, review next steps, all of which is included in this FAQ.
5. How will I know if I’ve made a team?
All players should receive an email and possibly a phone call (likely for players on the top competitive teams only) within a week. It is important that you list the best email address to reach you. Please keep in mind that there is a date set by SF Rec and Park (date tbd) and any club or any team can NOT pressure to accept a spot before the date set by SF Rec and park.
6. How will I know WHICH team I’ve made?
All players making a team will receive an email that assigns them to either:
Initial placements are subject to change based upon the developmental process for each specific player which may not be identified in a 1.5/2 hour tryout. Usually, team changes are necessary due to the ripple effect caused by the fact that not all players accepting their offers. On the rare occasion a mistake was made in our placement process, we have the right to move a player so that he or she is placed on the appropriate team and level. Please click on the Competitive program page to see the projected team list and the team directory to see the team list for previous seasons.
7. How can I learn about the coach for my team?
SF Glens not only features the most top youth players but the largest number of qualified, experienced, and licensed (professional and sanctioned by US Soccer and/or the NSCAA) coaches of any youth soccer club in San Francisco.
We take aligning our coaches with teams very seriously and approach each team with tremendous care. Furthermore, our age-group coaches work closely together across teams to make sure there’s consistency in curriculum and that all players are getting the opportunity to develop.
8. How do I accept an offer to be on a team?
All players that receive an offer to join an SF Glens team that wish to accept MUST respond to their invitation by doing the following:
We maintain the right to offer a place to another deserving player if we have NOT received the above by the deadline date.
9. What happens after I register?
You will be contacted by the coach and/or club admin about getting set-up on Byga software, finalizing your registration details, and possibly training and/or visiting with the team before the start of the fall 2022 playing season. We also plan to have team meetings to map out every detail of joining the team and being apart of the SF Glens Soccer Club! Please see below for the timeline.
TIMELINE - subject to change
May 17th-- team registration deadline
May - June -- team communication via Byga software including order uniform, practice schedule .
Mid August (subject to SF Rec and Park's schedule) -- Fall practice starts for most of teams. Some teams will start pre-season practice early August or late July
Late August -- Norcal/MLS Next League Season Kick Off!
Early September -- SFYS Competitive League Season Kick Off!
10. wHEN DO I FIND OUT PRACTICE SCHEDULE
After all teams register by the deadline, SF Park and Rec will review all registered teams to see if each team has the minimum number of players and meets SF residency requirement. After that, SF Park and Rec will allocate practice and game fields for all teams. Since it takes time, the final field allocation will take place in July for fall season and in Feb for spring season. Until the field allocation is complete, we do not know the practice schedule.
11. When is the DEADLINE TO ACCEPT THE OFFER?
THIS APPLIES TO ALL SF CLUBS, PER SF REC AND PARK DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES. DATE TBD
If you have any further questions about SF Glens, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 349-8333.