What are tryouts?
Every soccer club that plays in a competitive league host tryouts at the beginning of every season. Tryouts are a process ran by Northwest United to ensure that every player wanting and interested in playing premier soccer are identified and coaches and directors can provide appropriate placement of players onto teams that will help accelerate and benefit their development. Our mission at Northwest United is to provide high level support to players that will facilitate the technical, tactical and mental developmenf of all players. By placing players onto teams during tryouts, this ensures players are in an environment suitable to support their growth. Washington Youth Soccer mandate the tryout dates and schedule.
What to expect at NWU Tryouts?
To participate in NWU tryouts players need to register online by creating an account through the information found in our tryout page. Players need to register 1 hour before tryouts start for their age group, but we will accept walk ons if you miss this deadline. Each age group hosts 2 tryouts, so we encourage you to make both!
Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the tryout starts, and you will need to bring confirmation and check in at the Skagit Park Pavillion at the south side of Skagit River Park playfields. Also bring water and appropriate clothing, shinguards are manditory. NWU players are to wear non branded playing clothes. Here you will be given a jersey with a number. This jersey number is how coaches identify you throughout the process, and you will the same jersey on both days.
Each age groups head coaches will introduce themselves to the group and our club trainers will then deliver tryouts while the head coaches evaluate. Players will complete a ball mastery warm up, followed by small sided 1v1 and 2v2 attacking practices. This will then progress to small sided games and age format games to finish. Tryouts last for 90 minutes.
Following tryouts the coaches will meet and place players onto teams, the number of teams depend on the number of players available to each age group. Players will get a phone call offering a spot on a team, and jersey numbers will be posted on our results page. Players will have 24 hours to accept a spot, or be offered a number of different programs our club has to offer.