is the tryout procedure?
All players, both new and existing,
regardless of age or status, are required to tryout each year. The
tryout fee is $10 per player and must be submitted with an application
at the time of tryouts. Players will go through evaluations and team
selections will be determined. Players are expected to be at designated
tryout dates for their age group.
many sessions does a player need to attend during the tryout process?
Players should attend every possible session to ensure adequate time for
Which team should my child tryout for?
When possible, HFC
strives to offer teams of varying ability and commitment within the same
age group. Consult the web for team summaries, basic framework for team
structure, and expectations of players.
players play up an age group?
We encourage our players to play in the most competitive bracket
possible for maximum development. Players can request to be evaluated
for an age bracket above their proper group. This request is found on
the player application during the tryout process. Any player wishing to
play up will be evaluated by the Directors of Coaching Operations and
must have his approval to move up.
is your philosophy on when tryouts should be competitive?
The HFC endorses a strong system of development in the younger age
groups. As such, players at the U11 and younger age groups do not
participate in a tryout that involves cutting or dropping players.
Tryouts at the U12 and above age groups are competitive and do cut
and/or drop players to form the best teams possible.
are teams at U10 and younger formed?
Players will be placed into pools and divided into even teams for the
season. For existing
players, this may include team transition during a new seasonal year of
play. The DOC’s will
oversee the selection of these players along with the head coaches.
The HFC strongly believes that the youth program is paramount to
our long-term success and will make every effort to place young players
on a team and to ensure the players participate at the most appropriate
level of competition.
U10 and below, what is an Academy Team?
Academy is designed to offer more challenge to the players who need it.
Players are evaluated through practices, games and evaluation
dates for placement on the teams.
The Academy teams will compete in play dates with outside clubs
and tournaments that will require minimal travel.
There is an extra cost for the Academy to cover referee fees and
tournament entry fees.
Academy evaluations are open to everyone.
Players must be evaluated and recommended to the Academy by a
are teams at U11 formed?
U11 offers challenges to team structure by increasing the number of
players on the field at one time. With player development first on the
agenda, we will group players with like abilities and commitments. This
will provide the opportunity to match players with the right competitive
atmosphere while competing in the Division II or III leagues. We will
strive to provide the right environment for all players and do what is
necessary to make sure that all of our players have a place to play.
are teams at U12 and older formed?
HFC’s first priority is to form the top team for that division in order
to prepare them for competition. Additional teams in each age group may
be formed if the players and coaching is available.
We will have enough players to field multiple teams in each
division. This will allow a solid system to trade and promote players
based on the team’s needs and the player’s abilities.
What factors are the coaches considering when
evaluating my child?
There are many factors when forming the upper age
group teams. All coaches vary in their exact approach but common factors
include, skill, tactical awareness, fitness, coach-ability/attitude,
commitment to soccer, interest in the HFC’s complete program and
offering, and personality.
my child ask to be on a friend’s team?
Coaching and “friend” requests are considered in the younger age groups.
We want the players experience in soccer to be fun and understand the
need for young players to be with their friends. These requests should
be noted on the application for tryouts and we will strive to meet all
returning players still have to tryout?
All returning players
must tryout regardless of team assignment or age.
will coach my child?
Coaches for established teams are announced well in advance of tryouts.
The General Manager reserves the right to shift coaches to accommodate
the best interest of the players and club. We often have reserve coaches
waiting to take on a new or additional team to accommodate any new teams
that may be formed. In this case, your prospective coach will be made
known to you before asking your intent to play. Some of our coaches also
coach High School teams. Soccer is a Spring High School
sport. Due to the time commitments of High School soccer, a backup coach
may be needed during the Spring club soccer season.
will I be notified of my child’s status during the tryout procedure?
To Be Posted
existing teams stay the same during the next season?
The HFC does not
endorse a system of cutting and/or dropping players at U11 and lower.
However, team transition in the U9 – U11 age groups may be necessary to
keep players of like abilities and commitments together. U12 and older
teams are subject to change at each tryout. However, for all age groups
- teams formed for the fall season are intact for the seasonal year,
which concludes in the spring of the following year. The DOCO’s will aid
in formation of any hybrid teams necessary to compete in winter and/or
I bring an existing team into the HFC?
The HFC sponsors an
open tryout for all age groups. You are welcome to bring a group of
players to the tryouts but teams will be selected as described herein.
U11 - 12 Div II, U13 & U14 Div I teams, how does the State Cup moving to
Spring affect HFC's team formation and player selection?
The main motivation of the
State moving the tournament date is for two reasons: 1. It
will shift a significant number of players from the already full fall
State tournaments to the spring. 2. Players will hopefully
have more opportunity to play all year long.
As a soccer club, we fully support playing all year long.
However, it will not be our policy to restrict participation based on
the player's desire to compete in the spring or attend the State cup in
the spring. Players can be added to rosters as late as May so if
there are players that wish to compete in the cup - we will make every
effort to afford the opportunity. In essence, we expect to
maintain our regular seasons and offer a full year of training and games
just as we have always done.
group is my child in? (To be updated)
The following table shows
each age group by birthday for the 2013-2014 playing season:
1-Aug-05 to 31-Jul 06
1-Aug-04 to 31-Jul 05
1-Aug-03 to 31-Jul 04
1-Aug-02 to 31-Jul 03
1-Aug-01 to 31-Jul-02
1-Aug-00 to 31-Jul-01
1-Aug-99 to 31-Jul-00
1-Aug-98 to 31-Jul-99
1-Aug-97 to 31-Jul-98
1-Aug-96 to 31-Jul-97
1-Aug-95 to 31-Jul-96
1-Aug-94 to 31-Jul-95