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GENERAL INFORMATION


Annual Tryouts / Late Tryouts / Mid-Year Tryouts

ONLINE TRYOUT PRE-REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE VIA YOUR SOCA ACCOUNT FOR ANNUAL TRYOUTS ONLY
LATE AND MID-YEAR TRYOUT CANDIDATES WILL REGISTER ON-SITE

All players should pre-register online for Annual Tryouts via their family SOCA Account.  Call 434.975.5025 ext. 10. with any questions.  On-site registrations will be accepted for new arrivals only if necessary.   Tryouts are Free.

Players may choose to tryout for one of three levels of play; SOCA's Elite Travel Program, SOCA's Regional Premier and Classic Travel Program, and SOCA's Advanced Recreational Challenge Program.  For full descriptions of these programs please visit the Youth Programs page of this website.  One Elite team will be formed in each age group U13-U18 boys and girls and two Premier teams will be formed in each age group U11-U18 boys and girls with one team located in Augusta and one in Charlottesville.  Separate tryouts are held in Augusta and Charlottesville.  The Challenge Program is not yet an option in Augusta.

Players who tryout at an advanced level will be considered for programs at lower levels should they not be selected for the level they aspired to.  Example:  A player trying out for an Elite team may be placed on a Premier team should they not be selected for Elite.  A player trying out for Premier may be placed in the Challenge Program should they not make Premier.  However, a player will not be considered for a higher level than the level they are trying out for.

There are no special requests in select programs.  Special requests are honored in recreational programs only.  Team selections and formations are made by the SOCA evaluators, coaches and staff members.  Team sizes in the travel program vary by age group and must be within VYSA roster limits.  Team sizes in the Challenge Program are fixed by SOCA and uniform throughout the league.  The number of teams formed is determined by the quantity and quality of candidates.

Evaluators at tryouts are typically SOCA staff members, coaches or other qualified soccer experts.  SOCA seeks the most knowledgable and committed coaches to serve as evaluators during tryouts.  Evaluators are assigned by the Director of Coaching.  During Annual Tryouts candidates will be assessed by multiple evaluators assuring a fair and balanced evaluation.  Parents are not used to evaluate their own children at Travel Tryouts.  Parent Evaluators would at most have very limited contact with their own child at Challenge Tryouts.

Please see the schedule below and note that there are TWO Tryouts per age group.  All players are strongly encouraged to attend both tryouts!  To be considered for a team a candidate must attend at least one tryout.

In case of inclement weather please check the SOCA weatherline (434-817-7246) or the SOCA website for cancellation and reschedule information.  Tryouts will be rescheduled on a case by case basis to available dates and the new schedule will be posted online.  Make-up tryouts are only done on a program-wide basis and individual tryouts will not be arranged..

IMPORTANT: 
All Travel candidates must tryout in their birthdate specific age-group.
  Please double-check your birthdate with the tryout information below.  All players seeking to "play up" an age group are subject to the rules below. 

Travel Age-Group rules: 
No U10 players may play up to U11.  No U11 or U12 players may play up.  At U13 and older the Director of Coaching, in collaboration with the SOCA coaching staff, will determine if an individual player is qualified to play-up an age group based upon evaluation and assessment only.
 
Challenge Age-Group rules: 
No U8 may play up to U10.  No U10 may play up to U12.  U12 players are permitted to tryout at U14 Challenge if they wish, but are only in consideration for the age group they tryout with.  No additional permission is required.  

Gender rules:  Girls are eligible to tryout for boys programs.  In the Travel Program girls must seek the approval of the Director of Coaching prior to trying out for boys teams.  In the Challenge Program, no approval is necessary to tryout.  Girls trying out for boys teams must register on site on the day of the tryout.  No online boys registration will be available for girls.

Trying out for a boys team does not merit consideration for a girls team.  Girls wishing to be considered for a girls team as well as a boys team must also tryout in the girls program.  Girls may try out for both but will only be placed in one (boys first, girls second).

If you have a question about "playing up" or girls trying out for boys teams please contact the Director of Coaching, Dan Ensley at Dan.Ensley@SOCAspot.org.

Goalkeepers:  There will be specific goalkeeper evaluations for U11 and older players in the Travel Program.  In the Challenge progam goalkeeper evaluations will be conducted at U12 and older.  There are no specific evaluations conducted for goalkeepers at U10 Challenge.  Players may declare their interest in playing goalkeeper and this will be utilized in U10 Challenge team formation.


ANNUAL TRYOUTS
Players are expected to pre-register for Annual Tryouts via their online SOCA Account.  If you are unable to register online, please call 434-975-5025 ext. 10.

SOCA's annual tryouts are conducted each spring (April and May) for the following fall and spring Travel and Challenge teams.  See the current year tryout schedule below. 

SOCA's Annual tryouts are open to any interested player of the appropriate age and gender.  All spots on all teams are open each year and candidates must tryout each year to earn a spot on the team.  There is no automatic carry-over from one year to the next.  Performance, attendance and attitude from previous soccer seasons will be considered.  When possible, different select programs within the same age group will tryout at the same time and facility to help facilitate the team placement process (example: U14 Boys Travel & U14 Boys Challenge). 

Coaches will likely not be assigned to all fall teams at the time of tryouts.  Some coaches are assigned later in the spring/summer.  In limited cases teams will be announced without a coach at the conclusion of tryout and SOCA will utilize the summer to find the most qualified and suitable coach prior to the start of the season in August.

Annual Tryout selections/announcements will be posted on June 2 via your family's SOCA Account. Tryout results will not be mailed.  Email notifications will prompt you to review your selection and placement in your personal SOCA account.  On your SOCA account's home page, selection will be shown by a team placement next to the player's name or the delineation "not selected".  Your SOCA account can only be viewed by utilizing your private username and password.

Please check your SOCA account by June 9 at the latest to register for the fall season.  You must register online by June 9 for your fall Travel or Challenge team or risk forfeiting your spot to another candidate.  Players seeking financial assistance need to contact the SOCA office, establish a plan and make an initial payment by June 9 to be considered registered in good standing for the fall season.

LATE TRYOUTS

Travel Late Tryouts: Held in early August, after initial team selections and placements.  These tryouts are intended for new players that have recently moved into the Charlottesville area, players who could not participate in the Annual Tryouts due to injury or schedule conflicts, or players recommended by SOCA's Director of Coaching.  Approval from SOCA's Director of Coaching is required in order to participate in the late travel tryout.  If you are interested in partaking in the Late Travel Tryout contact SOCA's DOC Dan Ensley at Dan.Ensley@SOCAspot.org.

2014 Late Travel Tryout Schedule
SOCA Charlottesville - August 4th @ South Fork Soccer Park
5pm - U11 B&G, U12 B&G, U13 G, U14 B&G, U17 B
6:30pm - U13 B, U15 B&G, U16 B&G, U17 G, U18 B&G

SOCA Augusta - August 4th @ Virginia School of the Deaf and Blind
5pm - U11 B&G, U12 B&G, U14 G, U15 B&G
6:30pm - U13 B&G, U14 B, U16-18 B&G


Please note:  there are very limited spots available at the late travel tryout and it is in the player's best interest to attend the primary Annual Tryout.  Coaches are under no obligation to fill roster spots or add players to a roster at the Late Tryouts.

Challenge Late Tryouts: 
Also occur in early August.  At the Annual Tryout, each Challenge team will typically be formed with a single roster vacancy.  The late tryout will seek to fill all such vacancies.  Any interested, age-appropriate player may participate in the late Challenge tryout.  All eager candidates are welcome to attend.  Arrive 20-30 minutes early to complete a manual registration for the tryout on site.  There is no online or pre-registration for the late tryout.  Selections and team placements will be announced as close to the conclusion of the tryout as possible.
The Late Challenge Tryout will be held on Saturday, August 9 at 11:00am at South Fork Soccer Park.

MID-YEAR TRYOUTS

Travel Mid-Year Infill Tryouts:  Scheduled for February.  These Tryouts are for new players that have moved into Charlottesville or players recommended by the Director of Coaching (Travel)  There may or may not be team roster spots available.  Age eligible players need to contact the Director of Coaching Dan Ensley at Dan.Ensley@SOCAspot.org for specific team roster availability. 
Please Note:  Coaches are under no obligation to fill roster spots or add players to a roster at the Mid-Year Tryouts.  Travel Coaches are typically searching for players that fit into the top 3rd of the team and who will have a major impact on the overall quality of training and games.

Challenge Mid-year Infill Tryouts:  Scheduled for February.  This tryout is intended to fill any vacancy resulting from players not returning from the fall for the spring season.  All fall players are invited and encouraged to return for the spring.  The number of available roster positions will not be known until just prior to the tryout.  All eager candidates are welcome to attend but spots will be limited.  Arrive 20-30 minutes early to complete a manual registration for the tryout on-site.  There is no online or pre-registration for this tryout.  Selections and team placements will be announced as soon after the conclusion of the tryout as possible.


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SOCA COACHING STAFF

Dan Ensley, SOCA Director of Coaching

Licenses & Diplomas:  USSF 'A' License;  NSCAA Advanced National, National Diplomas.  Coaching Experience:  Men’s Associate Head Coach at DI, University of Cincinnati, US Region II Boys ODP Staff; VYSA State ODP.  Playing Experience:  JMU (MVP) and youth national champion at VISTA Hurricane; B.S. JMU, with honors.



Sam Miller, SOCA Technical Director

Licenses & Diplomas:  USSF ‘B’ License, NSCAA Premier Diploma
Coaching Experience:  Assistant Men's Soccer Coach Northern Kentucky University, Director of Coaching Hammer FC.  Playing Experience: USL Cincinnati Kings, Division I - University of Cincinnati, Ohio State Youth Champions - Cincinnati United Premier.

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Jason Fargo, SOCA Staff Coach & Premier Coordinator
Licenses & Diplomas:  USSF ‘B' License.  Coaching Experience:  SOCA Premier Coordinator, VYSA West Central District ODP Staff; Head Coach, SOCA Premier, Former Boys Academy Director & Head Coach, NASA (GA).  Playing Experience:  NCAA Division I – Longwood University, Virginia ODP.  B.S. in Sociology, Longwood University.

 


Jason Moore
, SOCA Staff Coach & Adult Program Coordinator

Licenses & Diplomas:  NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA National Goalkeeper Diploma.  Coaching Experience:  Formers Men's & Women's Head Coach at NAIA Bethel College (KS); Former Assistant Women's Coach, D1, JMU.  Former Director of Coaching, St. Vrain FC (CO); NSCAA Coaching Education Staff; VYSA ODP West-Central District Head Coach.  Playing Experience:  NCAA Division III - Eastern Mennonite University; Sweet 16 Participant.  B.S. in Recreation and Sport Leadership concentration in Movement Studies, Eastern Mennonite University.


 

CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER (ATC)

Nicole Grevious, PT @ ACAC

Certified Clinical Athletic Trainer at Physical Therapy at ACAC.  Nicole received her BS from James Madison University in kinesiology with concentrations in athletic training and pre-physical therapy.  She has worked for over ten years in physical therapy clinical settings as an athletic trainer.  She specializes in prevention of injury, particularly the prevention of ACL tears in female athletes.


PT @ ACAC provide SOCA with additional ATC's when necessary.  Visit http://cville.acac.com/physicaltherapy.html for more.


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2014-2015 Age Group Reference Chart

 Age Group
 Travel  Challenge
 U10  N/A  8/1/2004 - 7/31/2006
 U11  8/1/2003 - 7/31/2004
 N/A
 U12  8/1/2002 - 7/31/2003
 8/1/2002 - 7/31/2004
 U13  8/1/2001 - 7/31/2002
 N/A
 U14  8/1/2000 - 7/31/2001
 8/1/2000 - 7/31/2002
 U15  8/1/1999 - 7/31/2000
 N/A
 U16  8/1/1998 - 7/31/1999
 N/A
 U17  8/1/1997 - 7/31/1998
 N/A
 U18  8/1/1996 - 7/31/1997
 N/A
 U19  8/1/1995 - 7/31/1996
 N/A
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2014-15 TRYOUT SCHEDULE


Elite Tryouts / Charlottesville Tryouts / Augusta Tryouts

2014-15 SOCA-ELITE TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUTS
ALL TRYOUTS @ SOUTH FORK SOCCER PARK


Elite
Age
Group

Birth
Date
Range 

Tryout
Dates 

Tryout
Time
 

 U13 Boys

8/1/2001 -
 7/31/2002 

Monday, May 5
Wednesday May 7 

7:00-8:30PM
7:00-8:30PM 

U14 Boys

8/1/2000 -
7/31/2001
 

 Monday, May 5
Wednesday, May 7

7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 

 U15 Boys

8/1/1999 -
7/31/2000

Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14

 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM

U16 Boys 

 8/1/1998 -
7/31/1999 
 

 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4

 4:00-5:45PM
 4:00-5:45PM
 

 U17 Boys

 8/1/1997 -
7/31/1998
 

 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4

 4:00-5:45PM
 4:00-5:45PM
 

 U18/19 Boys

8/1/1995 -
7/31/1997
 

 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4

 4:00-5:45PM
 4:00-5:45PM
 

 U13 Girls

8/1/2001 -
 7/31/2002 
 

Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8

7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 

 U14 Girls

8/1/2000 -
7/31/2001
 
 

Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8

7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 

 U15 Girls

8/1/1999 -
7/31/2000 

Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14

7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 

 U16 Girls

 8/1/1998 -
7/31/1999 
 

 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4

 6:15-8:00PM
 6:15-8:00PM
 

 U17 Girls

 8/1/1997 -
7/31/1998
 

 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4

 6:15-8:00PM
 6:15-8:00PM
 

 U18/19 Girls

8/1/1995 -
7/31/1997
 

 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4

6:15-8:00PM
 
6:15-8:00PM


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SOCA-CHARLOTTESVILLE TRYOUT SCHEDULE
ALL TRYOUTS @ SOUTH FORK SOCCER PARK

 Travel
Age Group
Birth Date
Range
 Tryout         Dates       
Tryout Time
 U11 Boys
 8/1/2003 -
7/31/2004
  Monday, May 5
Wednesday,May 7
 5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
 U12 Boys
 8/1/2002 -
7/31/2003

  Monday, May 5
Wednesday, May 7
 5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
 U13 Boys
 8/1/2001 -
7/31/2002

Monday, May 5
Wednesday, May 7

 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 U14 Boys
 8/1/2000 -
7/31/2001

 Monday, May 5
Wednesday, May 7
 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 U15 Boys
 8/1/1999 -
7/31/2000
 Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14
 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 U16 Boys
 8/1/1998 -
7/31/1999
 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4
 4:00-5:45PM
 4:00-5:45PM
 U17 Boys
 8/1/1997 -
7/31/1998
  Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4
 4:00-5:45PM
 4:00-5:45PM
 U18/19 Boys
 8/1/1995 - 7/31/1997
  Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4
 4:00-5:45PM
 4:00-5:45PM
 U11Girls          
 8/1/2003 - 7/31/2004
 Tuesday, May 6
Thursday,May 8
 5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
 U12 Girls
 8/1/2002 - 7/31/2003
Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8 
 5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
 U13 Girls
 8/1/2001 - 7/31/2002
  Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8
 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 U14 Girls
 8/1/2000 - 7/31/2001
  Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8
 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 U15 Girls
 8/1/1999 - 7/31/2000
 Monday, May 12
 Wednesday, May 14
 7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
 U16 Girls
 8/1/1998 - 7/31/1999
 Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4
 6:15-8:00PM
 6:15-8:00PM
 U17 Girls
 8/1/1997 - 7/31/1998
  Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4
 6:15-8:00PM
 6:15-8:00PM
 U18/19 Girls
 8/1/1995 - 7/31/1997
  Sunday, April 27
Sunday, May 4
 6:15-8:00PM
 6:15-8:00PM
Challenge
Age Group
Birth Date Range

Tryout
Dates

Tryout Time
U10 Boys
8/1/2004 - 7/31/2006
Tuesday, May 13
Monday, May 19
5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
U12 Boys
8/1/2002 - 7/31/2004
Monday, May 5
Wednesday, May 7

5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
U14 Boys
8/1/2000 - 7/31/2002
Monday, May 5
Wednesday, May 7

7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
U10 Girls
8/1/2004 - 7/31/2006
Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14
5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
U12 Girls
8/1/2002 - 7/31/2004
Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8
5:00-6:30PM
 5:00-6:30PM
U14 Girls
8/1/2000 - 7/31/2002
  Tuesday, May 6
Thursday, May 8
7:00-8:30PM
 7:00-8:30PM
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SOCA-AUGUSTA TRYOUT SCHEDULE
ALL TRYOUTS @ RIDGEVIEW PARK


 Travel
Age
Group

Birth
Date
Range 

Tryout
Dates 

Tryout
Times
 

 U11 Boys

8/1/2003 -
7/31/2004
 

Tuesday, May 13
Monday, May 19

5:00-6:30PM
5:00-6:30PM

 U12 Boys

8/1/2002 -
7/31/2003

Tuesday, May 13
Monday, May 19

5:00-6:30PM
5:00-6:30PM

 U13 Boys

 8/1/2001 -
7/31/2002

Tuesday, May 13
Monday, May 19

7:00-8:30PM
7:00-8:30PM

 U14 Boys

 8/1/2000 -
7/31/2001

Tuesday, May 13
Monday, May 19

7:00-8:30PM
7:00-8:30PM

 U15 Boys

 8/1/1999 -
7/31/2000

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

4:30-6:15PM
4:30-6:15PM

 U16 Boys

 8/1/1998 -
7/31/1999

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

4:30-6:15PM
4:30-6:15PM

 U17 Boys

8/1/1997 -
7/31/1998

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

4:30-6:15PM
4:30-6:15PM

 U18/19 Boys

8/1/1995 -
7/31/1997

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

4:30-6:15PM
4:30-6:15PM

 U11 Girls

8/1/2003 -
7/31/2004

Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14

5:00-6:30PM
5:00-6:30PM

 U12 Girls

8/1/2002 -
7/31/2003

Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14

5:00-6:30PM
5:00-6:30PM

 U13 Girls

 8/1/2001 -
7/31/2002

Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14

7:00-8:30PM
7:00-8:30PM

 U14 Girls

 8/1/2000 -
7/31/2001

Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14

7:00-8:30PM
7:00-8:30PM

 U15 Girls

 8/1/1999 -
7/31/2000

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

6:45-8:30PM
6:45-8:30PM

 U16 Girls

 8/1/1998 -
7/31/1999

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

6:45-8:30PM
6:45-8:30PM

 U17 Girls

8/1/1997 -
7/31/1998

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

6:45-8:30PM
6:45-8:30PM

 U18/19 Girls

8/1/1995 -
7/31/1997

Sunday, May 11
Sunday, May 18

6:45-8:30PM
6:45-8:30PM


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