Registration for WSA Spring 2020 Travel soccer tryouts is open for players born 2005 - 2010.
Players born in 2011: please register [here]
Program Information is also be published here. Please check back for updates.
**Please share with any Wilton families that may be interested in Spring 2020 Travel soccer**
WSA is pleased to announce Supplemental Tryouts for the 2020 Spring Travel Soccer.
WSA Supplemental Tryout details:
For all players born 2005 - 2010 who would like to be considered for the Spring season of Travel soccer
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Wilton Sports & FItness, 644 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT
High School Evaluations will be March 1st. Please stay tuned for details.
Important Note: WSA is currently assessing Travel roster needs for its existing teams. We will inform all players who register for Supplemental Tryouts if there are open positions in respective age groups prior to tryout date. If no roster positions are available, we will not host a tryout for that age group. Participating in Supplemental Tryouts does not guarantee a roster spot on a Spring team.
with any questions.
WSA’s mission is to positively influence the growth of children and our community by reinforcing values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect for others through a range of fun and high quality soccer experiences.
PLEASE READ below carefully prior to your tryout sessions.
This is a fun and exciting time for our players. Please encourage all to just have fun!
- Confirm your tryout time and locations [here].
- Note: there are no regular Travel or Warrior practices the week of tryouts (May 28-31), regular practices will resume the week of June 3rd.
Tryout Volunteers: Please help us fill the schedule!
- Volunteers are not expected to be needed for Supplemental Tryouts at this time. However, volunteers are a vital part of our community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer for WSA.
- Prefer parents avoid their child’s sessions, but understand if that is not practical as we need coverage at all sessions
Tryout Attire / Equipment:
To ensure a fair and unbiased environment, all players must follow the below guidelines.
- NO WSA Travel or Premier program related game or practice jerseys, shorts or other attire whatsoever
- Players wearing WSA or Premier program gear will not be allowed to tryout.
- White t-shirt (no names or numbers of any kind on front or back, no professional soccer jerseys with names or numbers)
- Black or blue athletic shorts (no WSA or CT Rush uniform shorts, no numbers on shorts)
- Soccer socks with shin guards under socks (players without shin guards can not tryout)
- Soccer cleats and inflated soccer ball of appropriate size
- NO devices/phones at the field
Parent Tryout Day Reminders
- Parents are not permitted to watch tryouts
- Arrive at least 10 mins prior to start time
- Leave site after sign in
- Return to site at indicated end time (not early)
- Enter and exit parking lots efficiently and with care
- NOTE for sessions at ALLENS MEADOWS (Spring Only):
- Drop off at interior lot (between fields 4 and 6)
- Pickup at front lot (near Rt 7)
- Coaches will bring players to front lot for pickup
- If your player is born 2008 or earlier (U12+) and trying out ONLY as a goalie, please identify your player via email to
- Email must be received no later than Feb 7th, 5PM
Injuries and Conflicts
- To report an injury or a conflict for consideration please fill out the online form [here]
- Players need to make every effort to participate in both of their assigned tryout sessions
- For further explanation on the tryout process please see document posted [here]
Travel Program Information
- See website for program offering details, pricing and payment terms [here]
Please email Ryan Mims at
Perspectives on Tryouts and Team Placement
[download PDF version here]
WSA’s objective in tryouts is to gather information such that we can place as many players as possible onto Wilton teams in a manner that aligns with our mission.
WSA’s mission is to positively influence the growth of children and our community by reinforcing the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment and respect for others through a range of fun and high quality soccer experiences.
Offsetting considerations to team formation include max roster sizes as dictated by leagues, field and coaching constraints and a desire to place kids into teams where they can grow and be confident relative to their peers and eventual competition.
MORE AN ART, BUT SOME SCIENCE
Soccer is known as the “beautiful game”, a master craft and art form to many around the globe. Attempting to boil it down to a set of measurable skills is to ignore the essence of the game. That said, because we must organize teams, we run tryouts and use seasonal player observations to inform some “science” amidst the art to help us form our teams.
A HOLISTIC PLAYER ASSESSMENT
Our professional coaching organizations are attempting to build a holistic view of a player’s abilities, attitude/coach-ability and potential using information gained from observations over time.
Observations of players from their most recent seasons are an important factor we consider. Annual tryouts create another data set to complement seasonal observations.
The combination and appropriate weighting of the seasonal and tryout observations contributes to team formation and player placement outcomes.
For new players to the program, tryouts are the only input available to us, and therefore is the entirety of data we use for these players relative to others, they are not at a disadvantage in any way.
TRYOUT FORMATS AND CRITERIA
Tryouts consist of two 90 min training sessions over two days.
- Day one will consist primarily of training exercises that focus on specific skills we are assessing and small sided games.
- Day two will focus more on small sided games and scrimmage environments.
These formats allow for observation and assessment of players in four basic areas outlined below.
- Technical - a player’s ability to perform soccer specific skills appropriate for their age and experience,
- Tactical a player’s awareness of a game around them relative to the objective and their opponent,
- Physical - balance, coordination, agility, speed, endurance are some of the factors considered,
- Character - the positive attitude of a player as relates to their own performance and impact on those around them, this can span focus, leadership, on and off field communications, desire, work-ethic and more.
Technical and tactical factors are more heavily weighted in overall tryouts scores. Physical attributes are observed but play a lesser role until players reach older age groups. Character is an important criteria for all ages and is prioritized when considering players closely clustered on technical and tactical attributes.
This year WSA will be testing a new software tool to proactively improve our tryout processes, called TeamGenius (www.teamgenius.com). TeamGenius provides a mobile and online application that will facilitate data collection and review, turnaround time and more. We are excited to try it, but fully expect some challenges as we bring it online and ourselves up the learning curve.
LET THE KIDS PLAY AND ALL WILL BE OK!
Our goal is to place as many players as possible in alignment with our mission with the constraints of roster size, field and coaching constraints. Players should play at ease, do their best and just have fun. Parents should maintain focus on the positives and remember our mission when preparing players for tryouts and the possible outcomes. The rest will take care of itself… just let them play, and all will definitely be ok!
Wilton Soccer Association