12 Years and Under
The Tecumseh Soccer Club (TSC) implemented the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) program in 2012. Under LTPD players 6 to 12 years of age no longer “tryout” for a team since the old concept of cutting and limiting the number of players no longer applies. Instead, LTPD and the TSC believe that all players should be given the opportunity to develop their skills and play soccer as we realise that players develop at different rates. At the TSC we believe the more players, the better!
The “cutting” of players has been replaced by Ongoing Identification and Monitoring whereby all players are given the opportunity to train and develop, regardless of their abilities. What this means is any player can register at any time of the year with the TSC and participate in our development program. Ideally your child should register in September as that is when our training program commences but regardless of the time of the year, your son or daughter will be welcomed.
Training occurs two times a week and runs year round with scheduled breaks throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Tecumseh Soccer Club or just looking for more information, contact us at email@example.com
13 Years and Older
Players 13 years of age and older will normally play in the county competitive league, the Windsor and District Soccer League. If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tecumseh Soccer Club – Tryouts
As you step onto the pitch you are taking your first step to becoming a Warrior. Have you wondered what the coach is looking for? This document has been prepared to give you an idea of what TSC coaches are looking for at tryouts, as you read you’ll see it’s quite simple.
Speed – They want players with pace. Skills are coachable in young players, but speed is not.
Speed of play – They want players who can think quickly and make good decisions with or without the ball, and execute skills under intense pressure.
Movement off the ball– Ability to play without the ball making the proper runs into space.
Size – Things are hard for very small players, regardless of their skill level. This is not to say that a smallish player won’t be selected if they are very skilled, but they need to be that little bit better than larger players.
Comfort on the ball – Coaches are looking for kids who are comfortable with the ball at their feet. Any kid can boot the ball away when pressure arrives. Confident players can find a pass, or beat pressure on the dribble, and do the correct thing at the correct time.
Touch – Quality players can receive a ball on anybody surface with confidence. If players can’t receive a hard pass from 15 yards away and keep that ball within 1 yard, their touch is considered poor. And if that ball is played to feet, they need to keep it within 8-12 inches.
Passing – Players need to be able to pass the ball accurately over distance appropriate for the age group. For U14s we’re talking 10-20 yards. For U18s, the distance is 40-50 yards. And they need to be able to provide that accurate ball with both feet.
Shooting – Players need to be able to strike the ball with power and accuracy commensurate with their age. If your player cannot beat a good goalkeeper from the top of the box, they will struggle to make the state team.
Fitness – Player needs to be able to play an 80 minute match with no subs, at competitive match speed. This one requires no skill, and a lack of fitness is seen as a lack of commitment and is usually not tolerated.
Psychological – Player needs to be mentally tough. Coaches will ask players to move to multiple positions. If these requests are met with “I can’t, or I don’t like playing there”, the coach may infer that the player is not suitably experienced or mentally tough enough to deal with adversity.
Leadership qualities- Always first class in the way you dress, talk, warm-up, and play during the game. Be composed at all times. Carry yourself with confidence.
Of course they look for the technical, tactical, athletic kid. Those things that jump right out at you. But I have seen kids who are gifted with all those abilities but they are missing the mentality… the heart … the passion.
Questions We Ask Ourselves As Coaches
- When a player makes a bad pass or gets the ball taken away, do they put their head down, let their shoulders slump and walk back towards their defending half of the field?
- Does a player shy away from physical contact in for a tackle or challenging for a head ball?
- Does a player whine and moan if a call doesn’t go their way or they miss the goal?
TSC evaluation coaches look for…a kid walking over when you call the group versus a kid that jogs over.
- A kid that volunteers when you ask for someone to demo versus a kid that just sits there and doesn’t want to “risk” doing something wrong.
- A GK who, after they give up a goal, leans on the post pouting as the ball is being kicked off.
- Are their shirt tucked in and their socks up when they come out to training or tryouts? Are they standing talking to friends when the rest of the team is already with the coach who has called them over?
- Is a player encouraging to their teammates? Sometimes it’s a pat on the back and a ‘That’s ok, you’ll get it the next time’ and other times it’s a kick in the butt and a ‘Come on, we can do better than that.’
- As the coach is talking, are they sitting with the team, or are they standing away from the others?
- Are they helping to carry the equipment bag laying on the ground or do they walk right by it?
- Some more “intangibles” would be how coachable they are – how well they respond to instruction and corrections (if given). Do they take appropriate risks and are they giving all their effort. How well do they see what is going on around them? How are they communicating? Are just some more things.
Good luck and do your best!