Every year, the number of sanctioned teams depends on the number of players registering and the availability of volunteer coaches. Every attempt is made to accommodate as many players into the program as possible. However, sometimes the maximum number of players allowed per team (D1 = U12 min. 8, max. 15, U14 – U18 min. 11, max. 22 / D2 = 10 for U8, 14 for U10, 15 for U12, and 22 for U14 through U18) under the rules established by the Vermont Soccer Association, the governing body for youth soccer in Vermont, can create a situation where not all players can be accommodated. Addison United follows the VSL Divisional Rules and Guidelines: https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/980/15/VSL%20DIVISIONAL%20RULES%20AND%20GUIDELINES%202015.pdf
Are there tryouts for Addison United Soccer Club?
In cases where there are more players than will fit on a single team, the Club makes its best effort to accommodate all players. Our clubs training philosophy is what allows our players to reach a higher level of playing. While our teams play at the D1, D2, and D3 levels, we strive to have all our players get to the highest development level possible, and learn new skills that challenge them throughout that process. Our coaches are trained to teach players technical and tactical skills of the game that they can take home with them and improve in the yard, driveway, at the park, etc. By getting our players to become students of the game, they are better able to see where improvements can be made and gain a better understanding of soccer.
The Addison United Soccer Club schedule is meant to have games at our level and games above our standard. It is important to keep this in perspective and focus on the development of your child and the team. It is important that our Club is not only put into tournaments and leagues in which they can win but that they are challenged with tougher experiences as well. The challenge of more difficult opponents should be welcomed and encouraged. Part of this encouragement as parents understands that the team may not always win every game, and sometimes watching the players and team improve is just as, if not more important.
While we feel that a traditional tryout structure is needed for some of the younger age groups, it is not for older age groups.
During the tryout process on scheduled dates for each birth year in July through August preceding the spring season, athletes will be evaluated according to specific criteria related to; general fitness, soccer specific skills, knowledge and understanding of the game, commitment to the team and sportsmanship, work ethic and willingness to improve in each of the other areas. Our Coaching Directors will assess each player at our scheduled tryouts and place players on the team that best fits their skill and will foster the player’s success. Players will also be continually assessed during preseason team training on Sundays at the Vergennes Union High School to be sure their team placement is a good fit.
Addison United strongly encourages players to play only within their age group and discourages playing in the next higher age group. Higher-caliber players playing within their age group have the opportunity to provide leadership to their peers while benefiting from the constraints imposed on the game for players their age. For example, the maximum number of players allowed on the field during games differs across age groups, and the length of the games varies, too. Both are in recognition of the players’ maturation process, as well as the psychological effects of playing with and against players who are the same age.
Exceptions to this policy are at the sole discretion of the Coaching Directors. A player may be asked to attend the tryout/practice for the higher age group, if and only if there are roster shortages at that higher age level.
Players may not be offered a spot on a team in the next higher age group due to a variety of factors. As such, no explanation will be given if a player is not offered a spot on the team in the next higher age group and attended the tryout/practice for the higher age group. The player’s participation in the correct age group will not be affected.
Dual – Sports Participation Policy:
Student/Athletes tend to be active and engaging individuals. Personal preferences are often hard to make since interests vary. Parental and peer pressure can lead to anxiety about choosing the best activity and performing at the best level for the athlete. This can lead to scheduling difficulties, arguments, and below average performance in activities that should be fun and stress releasing. With that in mind, we would like to provide an easy way for athletes to set priorities and still participate in as many activities as are healthy and fun.
If you are a parent and your student/athlete wants to participate in two or more activities that may have conflicting schedules, discuss the concept of setting priorities and how splitting time and energy between two events can adversely affect their performance in each. Once the priority is set, then discuss the decision with the coaches of each team and discuss whether it is the best interest of the team to have a part-time participant on the team. If everyone agrees, the coach should set expectations about practice time, game time, and set goals for the activity that are reasonable based upon the level of participation.
It is the policy of the AUSC that athletes who want to participate in AUSC activities, (practices, games, tournaments), do so with the expectation that they will do so with the mission and philosophy of the club as stated at addisonunitedvt.com.