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Tryouts - Frequently Asked Questions

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HOW IS THE TRYOUT DATE CHOSEN?
Each year’s tryout dates occur just after the peak of annual development. The soccer season, family vacation opportunities and MSHSL requirements dictate a small window during the end of July/beginning of August for clubs to host tryouts. These dates are consistent with our neighboring clubs who host tryout sessions in the same time frame. 

WHAT IS THE COMPETITIVE SEASON?
 In addition to tryouts that take place at the end of July,  NSSA will use coach and director evaluations for team placement for the full year including (Fall Competitive, Winter Training (and leagues) and Spring/Summer Competitive Season. which will include league play in September and October (U9-U14 Only), indoor training during the winter months and league play May through July. Once your player is placed on a team in August, the commitment is for the 2020-2021 season. 

WHAT LEAGUES DO NSSA TEAMS PLAY IN?
Our teams participate In the National Premier League, Twin Cities Soccer League (TCSL) and Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).  North Suburban Soccer competitive play is based on the following criteria: competitive level and geography of opponents.

WHAT IF MY PLAYER CANNOT MAKE TRYOUT SESSIONS?
Team placement petition process is as follows: Players that are unable to attend tryouts must still complete the Tryout Registration and payment, indicating that they wish to petition for a roster spot and pay the non-refundable Tryout/Team Placement Fee. Please complete the Missing Tryouts Form to alert us that your player is unable to attend but intends to play NSSA Competitive soccer.

Team placement Via Petition
For current NSSA players: The petition does not guarantee a position on a specific team rather it alerts the Director of Coaching that even though your child was not at tryouts they are still interested in playing for NSSA. Players will be placed on a team based on their ability level. No player is guaranteed a roster spot on a team.

WHY SET TEAMS FROM TRYOUT SESSIONS?
The  competitive youth soccer calendar year runs August – July. Selecting teams for the full 2020-2021 season allows teams the opportunity to train together for the entire competitive year and maximize their development opportunities.

WHAT IF MY U9 – U14 CHILD HAS OTHER FALL ACTIVITIES?
NSSA teams are formed after tryouts which includes a Fall Season for U9-U14 teams. Fall league play is a limited season with games primarily falling on weekends. 

We recognize that some players cannot commit fully to the fall season because of other activities. However as with many other sports, soccer has become a year-round sport. The expectation for fall is to communicate very early with the coach and manager about games or practices you will miss and to make as many as you can. In the event of short rosters, teams can seek play-‐ups to ensure an adequate bench of players. NSSA reserves the right to restructure teams based on specific team needs for fall only if rosters need balancing.

PLEASE NOTE: this will not affect U15 – U18 players as NPL, TCSL & MYSA do not offer Fall league play for these ages.

HOW DOES NSSA HANDLE TEAM PLACEMENT NOTIFICATION? 
Notification of placement on 2020-2021 teams will be posted on NSSA’s website approximately 48 hours after the final tryout.  An email including team plans and approximate fees will also go out to each team. 

Results will be displayed by age group / team level. Players will be designated by Tryout Shirt Number and first and last initial. (ie. #65 -‐ KT). Visit nssasoccer.org/competitive for results. 

HOW DO I ACCEPT MY TEAM PLACEMENT & WHAT IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER?
The 2020-2021 Season Registration will open after tryouts have been completed and team rosters are posted online. Players have 48 hours to respond and register to reserve a team roster slot for your child via the NSSA site using Sports Engine. Please note, after 48 hours NSSA reserves the right to offer the roster spot to another player. If you delay registration, the spot may no longer be available.)

IMPORTANT NSSA requires an initial payment of $200 that represents a commitment to the club and to the team for the full year. This payment binds the player to NSSA for the 2019-2020 season.  This payment is non‐refundable and financial assistance cannot be applied.  

WHY DO I NEED TO PAY AN INITIAL FEE WHEN ACCEPTING MY PLAYERS ROSTER INVITATION ON A TEAM?
In order to accept your player’s roster invitation on a team, NSSA requires an initial payment for the 2020-2021 season. Historically, “verbal commitments” after tryout dates have not always resulted in paid registrations so many teams were left with short rosters. Under this system, teams will have their rosters confirmed and in place much earlier.  This also makes planning for events such as winter training and league play much easier for the club, coaches and managers.

DOES NSSA OFFER A PAYMENT PLAN?
NSSA provides 2 payment plans through our web platform. If you choose, the total fee (less the initial $200 commitment fee) can be divided into eight even payments from September through April or across 4 payments (August / November / February /May). Full payment of club and team fees are required in order for the player to be eligible to participate in league play.

DOES NSSA OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
The NSSA Financial Assistance Policy is available online (nssasoccer.org/financial-aid). Application for assistance must be submitted and approved prior to registration.

 

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN COMPETITIVE PLAY?
NSSA breaks fees into two categories:
- Club Fees
- Team Fees

Club fees include the following: Summer (U9-U19) & Fall (U9-U14) Seasons, Licensed Coach, Field Fees (outdoor), Winter Training Costs (facility / trainers), Training Shirt, NSSA Administration costs,  equipment, goal keeper training and various MYSA Fees.

Team Fees include the following: 2-3 tournaments, winter leagues, futsal, gym training space, winter tournaments and potentially travel costs.
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Additional Costs can include: Uniforms, Warmups, Backpacks and Spiritwear.  CLICK HERE for Uniform Information

PLAYER COMMITMENT & TRANSFER POLICIES

TWIN CITIES SOCCER LEAGUE:
15.0 Player Transfers 

Any player bound to a member club cannot transfer once registered to the member club except in exceptional circumstances. 

Such circumstances are: 
• A change of living location that makes it difficult to commute to current club. 
• A team that player registered for does not come to exist. 
• Both clubs must agree to any player transfer after a player is bound to a member club. 

Any disagreement regarding a player transfer will be resolved by the TCSL League Office. ​The intent of this rule is for clubs to communicate honorably throughout this process. 

There is no deadline regarding player transfers as both clubs must be in agreement regarding the said transfer. 

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MINNESOTA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION POLICIES:

7.302 When Registered
A player is registered the moment the player (or for a player less than 18 years of age, the player’s parent or guardian) personally or electronically signs the registration form and submits the fees required by the Affiliate or Extraterritorial Member.

7.303 Registration Binds Player
Once registered, a player is bound to that Affiliate or Extraterritorial Member for that soccer season, except as provided in 7.

1.3.4.1 Player Transfer and Release 1.3.4.1 PLAYERS BOUND TO MEMBER CLUB.
No U9, U10, U11 player shall be bound to a club until after the 8th day after the final day of scheduled league play.  In addition, U12 -U19 players shall not be bound until after the 8th day following the conclusion of the state championship