CASSA Soccer

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Tryout Process

1. What is the evaluation process?

  1. Year-end player's evaluations:
    Team coaches should provide a written evaluation of every player. Each player is scored on a number of different criteria, including playing ability, attitude, and attendance.
  2. Try-outs
    Try-outs are held each June for play the upcoming seasonal year. The Club believes it is important to get objective feedback therefore players will be evaluated during try-outs by non-bias evaluators as much as possible and a rubric evaluation form will be used. This form is only for the Judges, Coach Staff & the Board of Directors. All players who are interested in playing select soccer for CASSA must attend their try-out date & time.
  3. Special Circumstances
    On occasion, at the suggestion of the Director of Coaching and approval of the Club President/Vice President the Club may arrange for additional independent evaluations or a “second” look. This could simply be independent evaluators attending a special scrimmage arranged by the Club within a specific age group. The results would be utilized as part of the evaluation process.


2. What happens after the try-outs occur?

Once the try-outs have been completed, the Club may hold try-out meetings with coaches in an age group. Players are then placed on teams, based on ability according to the evaluation form.  Players that tried out will be called in a timely manner to either get a commitment from that player, or to inform the player that they did not make the team. If a player who tried out receives a call and did not make a CASSA team, that Coach will give aspects from the evaluation that can be used to further improve their skill as a soccer player. 

3. When are the team rosters available?

All team rosters and coaches are approved by the end of June. Our goal is to have 1 Head  Coach, 1-2 Assistant Coaches and a Team Manager for each team. Players who make the team will be contacted by the Head Coach or Team Manager, who will also discuss the following season’s team plans. Additionally, parents will receive an email communications from other CASSA representatives with CASSA deadlines, such as payments, medical forms, uniforms and the like.

4. How are the teams configured?

The teams are configured according to the evaluation process.The size of the teams will  vary by birth year and by GVSA regulations on age group sizes and structure. The oldest player on a team determines the age group the whole team will play at. The exact numbers will vary according to the number of players signed up, and the number of teams that can be configured.

5. If my child is not a strong player, will they be “cut” from CASSA?

It is the Club's intention to have all qualified children participate in CASSA soccer. Soccer is a sport based on the individual player’s year-to-year development. If a player does not make a select team, CASSA encourages them to play for the Cedar Springs AYSO for continued development. Each player will receive verbal feedback on   their tryout if they are not chosen to play for CASSA; therefore enabling that player to know exactly what areas they need to focus on in the upcoming year.  We strongly encourage players to come back and try-out in the future as well since abilities can significantly increase during that year. 

6. What if my child is a really good player, can he/she play "up" for the next age group?

All children will try-out in their appropriate age group based on GVSA criteria and US Soccer birth year determination; playing up is a Club exception and taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, playing up in an age group is made on an individual basis according to the player’s try-out evaluation, team needs within each age group as well as approval by the Board of Directors.