Tryout FAQ

NSC Frequently Asked Questions - Tryouts


What can I expect in a typical NSC season if my child is selected for the team?

Please refer to our NSC 2021-22 Talking Points.

What age group should my player tryout for?

NSC adheres to the USSF guidelines related to birth year play.  Please see the US Youth Soccer Age Chart to determine which age group your player belongs to. 

We cannot attend tryouts because of injury or vacation, what do we do?

NSC advise that you still register for tryouts, which will make any supplemental tryout process much simpler. Supplemental tryouts are held at the discretion of the coaches and depend on how well they fill their rosters. Returning players should contact your coach and let them know of your situation. For new players, please contact at and express an interest in any roster spaces available at your age group.

What is the format for tryouts?

Prospective players are assigned a numbered tryout jersey to be worn at each tryout session. Players will be identified by that unique jersey number during the course of the tryout. Tryouts typically consist of small-sided games (3v3 or 4v4) where NSC coaches and qualified evaluators rate players on skill and athletic ability demonstrated during the tryouts. Tryouts then transition to larger games similar to the numbers you would see during a regular game. NEW this year, our coaches and evaluators now have the option to use an online tool to track the evaulation data.  Coaches may be using a phone during tryouts. 

Are there tryouts for goalkeepers?

During either Day 1 or Day 2 of tryouts the coaches and evaluators will ask which players are trying out for goalkeeper.  At that point, the players interested in trying out for goalkeeper will be given a chance to showcase their skills in front of the evaluators.

What precautions are you taking for Covid-19?

NSC will follow all local government laws for the safety of the players trying out.  Players are required to always wear a mask, except when getting a drink of water.  When checking in, all players and parents should follow social distancing rules. Players should do their best not to “huddle up” when not actively playing. Parents are not allowed on the tryout fields, and when possible should remain in their car to avoid large gatherings. Parents should also wear a mask when checking in or picking up their player.  

Numbered pinnies will be used during tryouts. All used pinnies will be sanitized with a disinfectant spray prior to re-use. Hand sanitizer will be available at all check-in tables. Field Marshalls will also have some available on the field for the players to use if needed. Club soccer balls will be wiped with a disinfecting whip at the end of each day of tryouts.

Are returning players given preference during tryouts?

No, returning players receive no preferential treatment during tryouts. All players start with the same blank slate and selection is based on the skills that a player demonstrates during the tryout itself. All players are specifically requested to not wear any former club identifying clothing so as not to influence the selection process. 

My son/daughter heard another player say they were guaranteed a spot on a roster?

There are no guaranteed roster spots for any player regardless of what anyone tells you. 

I heard that tryouts favor the offensive player rather than the defensive player. Is this true?

Any selection process is imperfect at best. However, the NSC club has certain ideals that it looks for when selecting players. The ability to receive a pass and make a pass within confined spaces is a skill applicable at any outfield position. We also look for players who know and understand how to move off the ball when not in possession. Positive communication to teammates is a desired trait for players as is a player’s ability to close space, shut down passing lanes and put in a solid tackle. While there are small goals set out on the tryout surface, we do not evaluate for finishing ability or scoring prowess into these goals. They exist simply to give the players a direction to move. The NSC club values these minimum skills sets and uses them as a baseline upon which to teach other offensive and defensive skills throughout the course of the season.

Does NSC support multi-sport athletes?

Yes, NSC absolutely supports players that wish to play other sports. During their primary soccer season, however, NSC expects soccer to be their first priority.

Does NSC allow players to tryout to play-up a year?

Skill based play-ups are not allowed for U10 players, no exceptions.

All U11-U19 players (NSC and New) who wish to request to tryout as a skill-based play-up must first register and tryout for their birth year and then attend the tryout session of the year older team. All play-up requests will be reviewed in accordance with the current NSC process for play-ups. Players (NSC and New) that knowingly or unknowingly neglect to follow NSC guidelines and processes will be considered ineligible for play-up status.

In order to qualify for a skill-based play-up within NSC, a player must accomplish the following:

- Be capable of being a starting player on the A/Green team of the older birth year age group

- Score in the top percentile of their current birth year age group. 

The NSC Executive Team and Director of Coaching reserves the right to make final decisions regarding final approval of all play-up requests.

If I am a returning NSC player that played-up last season, what age should I tryout for?

Players who played-up the previous season on an NSC team have three options:

1. Try-out exclusively for the birth year of the team they were registered to the previous season. (recommended). With this option the player should only register for the play-up birth year from the previous season.

2. Choose to try-out for both the birth year of the team they were registered on in that previous season and their regular birth year.  By selecting this option, the NSC Player would a) forgo their previous play-up status, b) automatically released from their previously rostered NSC team, and c) be subject to the NSC process for play-ups.

3. Choose to try-out only for their birth year however if they do so, NSC Player would forgo their previous play-up status and automatically be released from their previously rostered NSC team.

Note: All Players (NSC and New) must tryout and receive a new roster spot each season. No player is guaranteed a roster spot. 

I am a parent and would like to volunteer during tryouts, who do I notify?

We appreciate all volunteers and would love to have additional help when needed!  During the registration process there is a check box that you can mark that asks if you are willing to help.  The NSC team will contact you once they receive your registration information.  You can also email and let us know that you are interested in volunteering.

For further questions please email