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Tryout General Information

* Online tryout pre-registration is available via your soccer account for annual tryouts ONLY

All Augusta United Soccer Club tryouts are free, and all age appropriate candidates are welcome.

Augusta United will hold tryouts for all levels of select play.  This includes the Premier and Classic Travel Programs as well as the Challenge Program (Advanced Recreational).  For full descriptions of these programs please visit the “Youth” programs pages of this website.

Players should choose the level of programming they are interested in before attending the tryouts (Travel or Challenge).  Candidates 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.  However, players may limit their consideration for only lower levels if desired.   Example: A player trying out for the Premier program may be selected to a team in the Challenge Program should that be determined to be a more appropriate level.

There are no special requests in select programs within Augusta United SC. Special requests for team placement are honored in the Recreational program. Team selections and formations are made by the Augusta United staff only. 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 Augusta United SC and attempt to be uniform throughout the league. The number of teams formed is determined by the quantity and quality of candidates.

As a sister club with the Skyline Elite Soccer Club, motivated and talented travel players are also offered the opportunity to attend tryouts for teams at this elevated level of play.  Participation with these teams includes greater time commitment as well as higher expenses, all players should consider these factors before deciding to tryout.  Skyline Elite teams are formed at U13 through U19 boys and girls, online registration for these tryouts is done separately through family accounts.

Skyline Elite tryouts are held at different times and locations from Augusta United tryouts and players are considered for these teams in lieu of placement with Augusta United Premier travel teams.  Players interested in participating in either program should attend both tryouts for their age group (Skyline Elite and Augusta United).  The Augusta United and Skyline Elite coaching staffs will work in conjunction for those player placements.  For more information on Skyline Elite Tryouts follow this link.

 

There are 3 tryout times per year; Annual Tryouts, Late Tryouts, and Mid-Year Tryouts
Please click the button for each below to learn more

Annual Tryouts Late Tryouts Mid-Year Tryouts Annual Tryout Schedule
  • Tryout Registration

    For Annual Tryouts, all candidates should pre-register via their family soccer account. On-site registrations will be accepted for new arrivals only if necessary.

    Please pre-register for the highest level of program you are interested in participating with (not both tryout levels).  Players will be considered for all programs below the registered tryout program, but will not be considered for those above.  The order of select programs is as follows:  (from highest to lowest)  Augusta United Travel (Premier & Classic), Augusta United Challenge.

    Late Tryouts and Mid-Year Tryouts do NOT have pre-registrations.  All candidates must register on-site the day of these tryouts.

  • Travel Age Group Rules

    Important: All travel candidates must tryout in their birth date specific age-group. Please double-check your birth date with the tryout information below.

    2020-21 Birth Year Age Groups
    U9 – 2012       *Challenge Only
    U10 – 2011      *Challenge Only
    U11 – 2010
    U12 – 2009
    U13 – 2008
    U14 – 2007
    U15 – 2006
    U16 – 2005
    U17 – 2004
    U18 – 2003
    U19 – 2002

    All players seeking to “play up” an age group should contact Coaching Director Chris Stapler (Chris.Stapler@AugustaUnited.org).

    In general, “playing up” standards are as follows:

    • Players should not play up below U13, especially between U10 and U12 or U12 to U13.
    • Limited playing up is allowed with AUSC staff permission at U13 and older age groups.
    • In order to form healthy team rosters, players from multiple age groups may need to be combined within one team.  This is done with the supervision and permission of Augusta United’s coaching director.
  • Challenge Age Group Rules

    Challenge Teams are formed in the following age groups for both boys and girls:

    U10 – (2011, 2012 birth years)
    U12 – (2009, 2010 birth years)
    U15 – (2006, 2007, 2008 birth years)

    Age groups in the Challenge program are multiple year groupings and naturally provide opportunities for players to play both with older and younger players as they progress through the program.  Players should not seek to play up age groups unless given permission specifically by the Augusta United Coaching Director.  No players may play down age groups in any select program.

  • 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 tryout separately for both programs. Girls may try out for both but will only be placed in one (boys first, girls second).

  • GoalKeeper Tryouts

    Players interested in being evaluated as goalkeepers will be evaluated as such and may also be evaluated as a field player.  These evaluations will be done during the tryout times assigned for each age group.

    Specific goalkeeper evaluations will be done for U11 and older players in the Travel Program.

    In the Challenge program 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, but all players will be evaluated as a field player.

  • Tryout Evaluators

    Evaluators at tryouts are Augusta United SC staff members, coaches or other qualified soccer experts. Augusta United SC seeks the most knowledgeable 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 may have limited input with their own child’s evaluation at Challenge Tryouts.

  • Tryout Announcements

    Annual Tryout Announcements will be posted in player’s Augusta United SC Accounts on July 31.  Either the team you have been selected for, or a Not Selected message will appear at the top of your available programs list.  Please click on the team name to read more about the program.

    Late and Mid-year Tryout Selections will be notified directly with instructions on how to join existing teams for the upcoming seasons.

    For all tryouts, Augusta United SC staff has the final say on player selections and team assignments.

  • Tryout Reschedules

    In case of inclement weather please check the Augusta United SC weather line on the 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.

  • Return To Play Phase 3

    Augusta United Return to Play Training Guidelines: Phase 3

    Augusta United is excited to announce our “Return to Play” programming will enter Phase 3 starting the week of July 6th. In staying in line with the Phase Three Re-Opening of Virginia laid out by Governor Northam, the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) and US Soccer, have established safety protocols for players to return to on-field training. These Return to Play guidelines can be viewed here:

    VYSA Return to Play Guidelines

    Augusta United’s number one priority is to establish a training environment that is safe for all players and coaches using these guidelines. These sessions are in no way mandatory, but we hope families who feel comfortable take up this opportunity. These sessions are viewed as an extension of Spring programming and are only available for players who do not request a refund or credit. Please see below with how Augusta United will conduct these sessions.

    • Training conducted within a team setting. Protocols allow up to 250 participants per field. We will be far under this number and expect no more than 50 players per field.
    • Players will be allowed contact during play; however, we will have physical distancing mandates when not playing.
    • Players will have their own designated hydration areas that will also be 10 feet apart from the nearest player.
    • Each coach will have a mask and must wear it whenever within 10 feet of a player; however, may remove it to coach while distanced 10 feet or greater. Players are recommended to arrive and depart the fields with a mask but should remove it during training.
    • All players and coaches must have their temperature checked at home prior to coming to training. Players and coaches are not permitted to come to training if they have a temperature of 100 or more or feels sick.
    • All players must have their own water, hand sanitizer, and a soccer ball. Players are not allowed to share water.
    • All shared equipment must be sanitized before training. Only coaches should pick up cones. Players are not allowed to share pinnies/vests during training and must be washed by the coach prior to the next training. Players will be allowed to share soccer balls via passing; however, they will be instructed not to pick soccer balls up with their uncovered hands.

    Session Design
    • Augusta United technical staff and coaches will run each session and will conducted within a team setting.
    • Activities within sessions will allow contact; though players will be distanced when not playing.
    • Teams may scrimmage another Augusta team during the session.

    When will Physical Distancing Occur?
    • Water Breaks – Every player will have their own designated hydration area that will be 10 feet from the nearest player.
    • Team Talks / Huddles – Coaches must make sure players keep their 10 feet distance while delivering any team talks.
    • Arriving and Departing the field – Players must maintain their 10 foot distance and not walk shoulder to shoulder.

    Guidelines for Players
    • Cannot be feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 or more.
    • Cannot come to training if they have a family member in the household who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Must bring their own ball, water and hand sanitizer.
    • Cannot share water.
    • Cannot touch soccer balls with their uncovered hands.
    • Must follow physical distancing protocols.
    • Must hand sanitize before sessions.
    • High fives, handshakes, hugs, and any other greeting or celebration that involves contact will not be permitted.
    • Failure to comply with safety protocols will result in a dismissal from training.

    Guidelines for Coaches
    • Must take their temperature prior to the session. Any coach with a temperature of 100 or more or feels sick cannot come to practice. Any coach who has been exposed to COVID-19 cannot come to practice until cleared by a medical professional.
    • Must wear a mask when within 10 feet of a player.
    • Must sanitize hands before and after sessions.
    • Must sanitize soccer balls prior to every session.
    • Must wash all training vests prior to each session.

    Guidelines for Parents
    • Must take child’s temperature prior to training. Must keep child at home if they are feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 or more.
    • Must practice social distancing if you get out of your car. No parent is allowed down on the fields unless it is an emergency.
    • Make sure your child has the above-mentioned items.
    • Must notify Augusta United staff (Chris Stapler at Chris.Stapler@augustaunitedsc.org) if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and attended a Augusta United Return to Play session.

  • Tryout Registration
  • Travel Age Group Rules
  • Challenge Age Group Rules
  • Gender Rules
  • GoalKeeper Tryouts
  • Tryout Evaluators
  • Tryout Announcements
  • Tryout Reschedules
  • Return To Play Phase 3

Tryout Registration

For Annual Tryouts, all candidates should pre-register via their family soccer account. On-site registrations will be accepted for new arrivals only if necessary.

Please pre-register for the highest level of program you are interested in participating with (not both tryout levels).  Players will be considered for all programs below the registered tryout program, but will not be considered for those above.  The order of select programs is as follows:  (from highest to lowest)  Augusta United Travel (Premier & Classic), Augusta United Challenge.

Late Tryouts and Mid-Year Tryouts do NOT have pre-registrations.  All candidates must register on-site the day of these tryouts.

Travel Age Group Rules

Important: All travel candidates must tryout in their birth date specific age-group. Please double-check your birth date with the tryout information below.

2020-21 Birth Year Age Groups
U9 – 2012       *Challenge Only
U10 – 2011      *Challenge Only
U11 – 2010
U12 – 2009
U13 – 2008
U14 – 2007
U15 – 2006
U16 – 2005
U17 – 2004
U18 – 2003
U19 – 2002

All players seeking to “play up” an age group should contact Coaching Director Chris Stapler (Chris.Stapler@AugustaUnited.org).

In general, “playing up” standards are as follows:

  • Players should not play up below U13, especially between U10 and U12 or U12 to U13.
  • Limited playing up is allowed with AUSC staff permission at U13 and older age groups.
  • In order to form healthy team rosters, players from multiple age groups may need to be combined within one team.  This is done with the supervision and permission of Augusta United’s coaching director.

Challenge Age Group Rules

Challenge Teams are formed in the following age groups for both boys and girls:

U10 – (2011, 2012 birth years)
U12 – (2009, 2010 birth years)
U15 – (2006, 2007, 2008 birth years)

Age groups in the Challenge program are multiple year groupings and naturally provide opportunities for players to play both with older and younger players as they progress through the program.  Players should not seek to play up age groups unless given permission specifically by the Augusta United Coaching Director.  No players may play down age groups in any select program.

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 tryout separately for both programs. Girls may try out for both but will only be placed in one (boys first, girls second).

GoalKeeper Tryouts

Players interested in being evaluated as goalkeepers will be evaluated as such and may also be evaluated as a field player.  These evaluations will be done during the tryout times assigned for each age group.

Specific goalkeeper evaluations will be done for U11 and older players in the Travel Program.

In the Challenge program 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, but all players will be evaluated as a field player.

Tryout Evaluators

Evaluators at tryouts are Augusta United SC staff members, coaches or other qualified soccer experts. Augusta United SC seeks the most knowledgeable 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 may have limited input with their own child’s evaluation at Challenge Tryouts.

Tryout Announcements

Annual Tryout Announcements will be posted in player’s Augusta United SC Accounts on July 31.  Either the team you have been selected for, or a Not Selected message will appear at the top of your available programs list.  Please click on the team name to read more about the program.

Late and Mid-year Tryout Selections will be notified directly with instructions on how to join existing teams for the upcoming seasons.

For all tryouts, Augusta United SC staff has the final say on player selections and team assignments.

Tryout Reschedules

In case of inclement weather please check the Augusta United SC weather line on the 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.

Return To Play Phase 3

Augusta United Return to Play Training Guidelines: Phase 3

Augusta United is excited to announce our “Return to Play” programming will enter Phase 3 starting the week of July 6th. In staying in line with the Phase Three Re-Opening of Virginia laid out by Governor Northam, the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) and US Soccer, have established safety protocols for players to return to on-field training. These Return to Play guidelines can be viewed here:

VYSA Return to Play Guidelines

Augusta United’s number one priority is to establish a training environment that is safe for all players and coaches using these guidelines. These sessions are in no way mandatory, but we hope families who feel comfortable take up this opportunity. These sessions are viewed as an extension of Spring programming and are only available for players who do not request a refund or credit. Please see below with how Augusta United will conduct these sessions.

• Training conducted within a team setting. Protocols allow up to 250 participants per field. We will be far under this number and expect no more than 50 players per field.
• Players will be allowed contact during play; however, we will have physical distancing mandates when not playing.
• Players will have their own designated hydration areas that will also be 10 feet apart from the nearest player.
• Each coach will have a mask and must wear it whenever within 10 feet of a player; however, may remove it to coach while distanced 10 feet or greater. Players are recommended to arrive and depart the fields with a mask but should remove it during training.
• All players and coaches must have their temperature checked at home prior to coming to training. Players and coaches are not permitted to come to training if they have a temperature of 100 or more or feels sick.
• All players must have their own water, hand sanitizer, and a soccer ball. Players are not allowed to share water.
• All shared equipment must be sanitized before training. Only coaches should pick up cones. Players are not allowed to share pinnies/vests during training and must be washed by the coach prior to the next training. Players will be allowed to share soccer balls via passing; however, they will be instructed not to pick soccer balls up with their uncovered hands.

Session Design
• Augusta United technical staff and coaches will run each session and will conducted within a team setting.
• Activities within sessions will allow contact; though players will be distanced when not playing.
• Teams may scrimmage another Augusta team during the session.

When will Physical Distancing Occur?
• Water Breaks – Every player will have their own designated hydration area that will be 10 feet from the nearest player.
• Team Talks / Huddles – Coaches must make sure players keep their 10 feet distance while delivering any team talks.
• Arriving and Departing the field – Players must maintain their 10 foot distance and not walk shoulder to shoulder.

Guidelines for Players
• Cannot be feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 or more.
• Cannot come to training if they have a family member in the household who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
• Must bring their own ball, water and hand sanitizer.
• Cannot share water.
• Cannot touch soccer balls with their uncovered hands.
• Must follow physical distancing protocols.
• Must hand sanitize before sessions.
• High fives, handshakes, hugs, and any other greeting or celebration that involves contact will not be permitted.
• Failure to comply with safety protocols will result in a dismissal from training.

Guidelines for Coaches
• Must take their temperature prior to the session. Any coach with a temperature of 100 or more or feels sick cannot come to practice. Any coach who has been exposed to COVID-19 cannot come to practice until cleared by a medical professional.
• Must wear a mask when within 10 feet of a player.
• Must sanitize hands before and after sessions.
• Must sanitize soccer balls prior to every session.
• Must wash all training vests prior to each session.

Guidelines for Parents
• Must take child’s temperature prior to training. Must keep child at home if they are feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 or more.
• Must practice social distancing if you get out of your car. No parent is allowed down on the fields unless it is an emergency.
• Make sure your child has the above-mentioned items.
• Must notify Augusta United staff (Chris Stapler at Chris.Stapler@augustaunitedsc.org) if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and attended a Augusta United Return to Play session.