Discussion in 'Boys Development Academy' started by bsqdan, Dec 13, 2017.
Has anyone heard of any potential tryout dates for academy teams?
Since the season goes until end of May, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for announcement anytime soon....
Avoid tryouts. Ask to join a training session instead.
Unlikely that tryouts will be announced for most DA teams for the older groups, say U14 and older. New teams at U12 more likely. Either way, I completely agree with B2B...ask for a trial outside of a massive gaggle tryout. They will be able to measure your kid against their existing crop of talent and it may last longer than a tryout session or two. More opportunity to make an impression.
First, you need to understand that the US Development Academy season is 9-10 months. September to May/June depending on age group. Brand new Academy teams hold traditional open tryouts with some pre-tryout vetting ... this happened alot with the girls when the Girls DA opened up. The established teams will actively recruit, hold "invitation tryouts" and/or pull from within in the case of those Clubs with existing teams. The time for these is generally June and July.
That said, all Academy teams are actively looking acquire players and will cycle top-level outside players into sessions. With almost every team there are a few players that are not on the team getting looksees and increasing the ranks to allow 11 aside scrimmages. I know one kid that spent 4 to 5 months going to the practices until finally rostered.
Assuming your kid plays at the Academy level, ask your coach to recommend the kid to your club's Academy team (best method to get invitation to Academy sessions). If your coach is a jerk and won't do it in order to keep his superstar on his Flight 1 or Gold/Premiere team then reach out to the Academy teams and ask them to attend a session ... but be warned, the kid really needs to be top level talent. These kids play at a very high level on the established teams. Don't bring mid-tier talent. If your lucky, you will get an invitation to return to the practice sessions until the kid proves that he/she should displace rostered talent.
Finally, take a good look at your kid's age group standings in the DA (U-15/2003+) West Conference (http://www.ussoccerda.com/sam/standings/league/). More opportunities exist with the teams that are at the bottom of the standings.
" ... but be warned, the kid really needs to be top level talent. These kids play at a very high level on the established teams."
I wish that were the case. I just haven't seen all the "top level talent" in the two DA clubs I've encountered.
Perhaps, we've diluted the talent pool or DA just isn't looking in the right places.
The talent found in DA teams is going to be on par or better with the top flt 1 teams. Top flt 1 teams can always beat DA teams on any given day, but if you compare the talent across all DA teams vs. what you find across all flt 1, there really is no comparison.
You may not think the DA kids are that good, but those teams and talent are substantially better than the club teams, especially as you get into the older age groups, such as U14 and up.