What kind of players is Cincy SC looking for?
Our ideal soccer player is coachable, loves the game, wants to attend practice/games regularly, wants to play in the winter and whenever additional opportunities arise, wants to be challenged but still have fun, and aligns well with our EPIC Model. Former Olympians for parents is just a bonus.
What are we trying out for?
Cincy SC is a select soccer club that plays games and tournaments during the Fall and Spring seasons and trains fall, winter, and spring. Players are accepted into an age group and put on a team for the soccer year. A small percentage of players participate for only part of the year due to another sport, etc.
Do current Cincy SC players need to register for and attend tryouts?
Yes. Players must register for tryouts to show that they are interested in remaining a member of Cincy SC for the coming year. Attending tryouts each year helps ensure the process is as fair as possible for all players. The evaluation of returning players will include past performance in training and games.
What is a “Combine” or “Open Training?”
The term “combine” is used to describe a training session that combines players from several teams. In our case, that might be players from our Premier and Elite teams at the same age group, or players on teams in adjacent age groups. Players from outside the club also are allowed to attend these sessions, but they are not considered tryouts and no players can be offered a spot with the club.
What is an “Academy?”
We consider our youngest age groups (U7, U8, & U9) “academies” or “player pools” because we believe it best supports our player development objective. At training, multiple age groups may train together to achieve the right numbers to have a productive session. For games and tournaments, teams assignments aren’t rigid, giving players the opportunity to possibly play in more games and experience playing with different teammates. It prepares players socially for the coming years when team sizes get bigger and team placement changes, and also helps ensure each team has enough players on game day. Players and parents will get to know players and parents across their age group, as well as players a year older and younger.
Are returning players guaranteed a spot with the club?
No, but we will make every effort to keep all Cincy SC players that live up to our core values, including developing as soccer players, and being valuable members of our community (i.e., being good teammates).
What age group should my child be trying out for?
The age group based on their birth year. US Soccer has mandated that all youth soccer organizations use player birth year to group players and form teams. We’d like all players to attend on the tryout days & times for their birth year.
What should my player bring to tryouts?
Please bring a properly inflated soccer ball, a water bottle, shin guards, and soccer cleats. If you’ve received your tryout t-shirt already, please wear it.
Do I need to attend each day of tryouts?
No, but we strongly encourage you to attend the first day and as many days as possible to ensure proper placement.
Can I check out the club before tryouts?
Absolutely. Parents and players are welcome to watch games or attend training sessions before tryouts. If you would like to arrange to join a training session with the appropriate age group, please register for tryouts first and then reply to the welcome email.
I have a scheduling conflict during tryouts. Do I need to attend each day of tryouts?
We encourage players to attend the first day and as many days as possible to ensure proper placement, but we also know that competitive players like to shop around. We scheduled our tryouts days and times to try to allow players to check out what we offer and check out other nearby clubs as well. We’ll also have supplemental tryouts the week following, if we still have spots available.
What if I’ll be vacationing in Barbados during tryouts?
If you’re going to be on vacation, reach out and we’ll work with you to find a way to come to a training session before tryouts. Oh, and send us a post card.
What if I’m injured and can’t try out?
Obviously it’s difficult to show our coaches what you can do if your foot’s in a boot or you have a cast on your wrist. However, if you can make it out for tryouts, we would still consider you for a spot. We may even be able to arrange for a private tryout later after you’ve healed up.
What’s the tryout for goalkeepers?
You may have noticed Goalkeeper Tryouts on our schedule. Sometimes that position gets kind of lost at tryouts. We wanted to allow players that play or even specialize in that position to be able to show their skills. All aspiring GKs should attend the field player tryout for their age group and spend a little time after getting a GK assessment. Our coaches will help direct them to the right place.
When will I know if I’ve made the team?
Offers will typically be made within 24 hours of the last tryout date for each age group. However, they may be made earlier.
What’s the difference between the Premier and the Elite team?
Not a lot. We typically put the players that seem to be the strongest or most developed on the Premier team, but both teams are competitive and have a professional coach. The Premier and the Elite teams may train together at times and even share players for some games and tournaments. The Premier team will likely be placed in higher divisions in leagues and tournaments than the Elite team. Every year at tryouts, and sometimes even during the year, players may move between teams if it seems that would be best for their development.
Are players allowed to tryout with other clubs?
Absolutely. Players have the right to choose which club they want to join and the May tryout period is the best time to shop around.
How long do I have to decide if I want to accept a spot with the club?
You can certainly have some time to talk as family about whether to accept a spot or not. Recognize that we may offer more players than we have spots, in which case the first players to accept and pay their deposit will be the ones to keep their spots.
How do I secure my roster spot?
By accepting the offer and paying the annual fee or the roster deposit.
Are teams already pre-selected?
No. However, players who have played for Cincy SC or our coaches in the past will be evaluated on more than just their tryout performance.
Who is coaching in the fall?
In some cases, we can’t announce a coach until a coaching commitment with another club ends. In other cases, we’re still in the process of finding coaches that fit with our core values. Here’s our current list of coaches.
Will my team have a professional or parent coach for the season?
Cincy SC uses only professional coaches and our coaches will be at your training sessions and games. Only the best coaches in the city are being offered coaching opportunities at Cincy SC. Your coach will be directly overseen by Russell Lewis, our Director of Soccer Operations.
Why does the Cincinnati Soccer Club use professional head coaches at all age groups?
We believe that the best development occurs when coaches consistently apply our curriculum and training methods throughout a player’s journey through the Cincy SC youth system. In order to effectively implement the curriculum, professional coaches are needed at every age group. This approach also ensures that our evaluation of players is as objective and performance-based as possible.
What if my player doesn’t make the top team?
In many clubs it is important to make the top team because those are the only teams with quality coaching. At Cincy SC, we have professional, quality coaches at all levels. Additionally, every player has access to the most experienced coaches in the club through the weekly age group-based training sessions. We seek to place players in the best situation for their development, which usually means competing against similar levels of opponents, with some opportunities to gain confidence and some opportunities to struggle. All kids develop at different rates, and a 2nd team player at a younger level can become the best player in the club at a later time.
What will happen after tryouts?
We make offers and form teams! Once you accept and pay the deposit, we’ll add you to communication groups and invite you to our annual Community Kickoff event. You will receive more information about these activities after tryouts.
What is the “soccer year?”
The soccer year includes seasons in the fall and spring, as well as winter indoor training. The club also offers many opportunities throughout the summer for all players to participate and some supplemental camps for players that want more soccer (you will receive more information about these activities throughout the year).
What age group should my child be trying out for?
US Soccer has mandated that all youth soccer organizations use player birth year to group players and form teams.
Can players ever play up an age group?
Yes, when it’s right for the player and there’s a spot available.
When would we recommend someone playing up?
- When the player would still be in the top half of players even in the older age group.
- When the player is not suitably challenged in their true age group.
- When the player is ready physically, technically, tactically, and emotionally to play up.
- When the older team needs a player, and we think a player can handle playing up.
What leagues will we play in?
It depends on the age group and the makeup of the team. Options include the Cardinal Premier League (CPL) and the Developmental League (DL) for the younger players, and the Buckeye Premier Youth Soccer League (BPYSL), state leagues, or CPL for the older players. The club can’t actually apply for any leagues or tournaments until teams are formed for the year.
Can “trapped” U15s play U14 in the fall?
No. When US Soccer switched to the birth year system in 2016, our leagues eliminated the “trapped 8th-grader rule” (a designation that allowed 8th graders that were older than the age cutoff for U14 to play U14 in the fall since most of their peers were in HS). In order for “trapped” U15 players to play in the fall they now need to play U15. We plan to have enough U15 players to form a team, but if were a little short there are other options like U14 guest players joining for games, a hybrid U14/15 team playing in a U15 league and tourneys in the fall, or combining with players from another club for the fall.
What’s the cost to play for Cincy SC?
Tryouts are free, and you even get a free t-shirt. The cost per player at Cincy SC is very competitive with other select soccer clubs in the area and we hope you’ll consider it to be a better value.
Is there a multi-player discount?
Yes! We seek to create a community feel at Cincy SC and having multiple kids from the same family is a great way to work towards that. We offer a 5% discount on each player for those families with multiple kids in the club. (You might want to consider making more babies.)
Is Cincy SC planning to merge with any other clubs?
Not only do we have no plans to merge, we’ve actually turned down merger requests from several clubs in the past few years. Our model is different than other clubs and we don’t want to be a huge club. We’ve met our cost and revenue projections for our first three years and are solid financially as a non-profit organization. We think merger plans should stay in the corporate boardrooms.
How does the club decide on what tournaments to attend?
In line with our core value of “Community,” Cincy SC attempts to schedule tournaments that all or nearly all teams in the club can attend. We will enter some tournaments in Cincinnati to minimize the time and cost of travel. We will normally enter one tournament per season that is out of town in someplace like Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Oxford, or Nashville. Although this can be a logistical challenge and/or financial burden for some families, we’ve found that the out-of-town tournaments are great bonding experiences for players and families within the club. For our HS-age teams, we will apply for showcases where appropriate.
What tournaments/showcases are planned for 2019/20?
- A “travel” tournament TBD
- One or two tourneys that are closer (Cincy/Dayton)
- The EPIC Cup – Oxford, OH
- Others TBD
Will Cincy SC host any tournaments?
Yes. We’ll be hosting several events throughout the year including The EPIC Cup in early April and the Black Friday Stampede, MLK Freedom, and Presidents’ Day Rush Futsal tournaments. For more information, check out the tournaments section of this website.
What age groups does Cincy SC offer?
Who can I contact if I have other questions?