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2020-21 Tryout Information

2020-21 SMSC Elite Team Tryouts & Formation FAQs

TRYOUT REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN:      

ONLINE REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN IS REQUIRED.  PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHECK IN AT THE FIELD.  Players must complete the online form and waivers to be eligible for SMSC Tryouts.  It is important all players and parents review and accept the current conditions for return to play guidelines due to COVID19 restrictions and requirements.

DATES:           

  • June 11-14 @ Ocean Springs Soccer Complex
  • June 15-22 @ Gulfport Sportsplex

Age group schedules will be finalized June 3rd to accommodate local restrictions and requirements in place due to COVID19 protocols.  Registered players will be sent a schedule and it will be posted online at www.smscsoccer.com 

WHERE DO I TRY OUT ?

If you live in Jackson County (formerly Coast SC), you will try out at Ocean Springs Sports Complex.  Players who reside in Harrison or Hancock County, or who wish to try out for SMSC Elite Blue U13 to U18 (Premier) teams, will try out at Gulfport Sportsplex.

2020-21 SMSC ELITE SELECT AGE GROUPS: 

U9 and U10 for players born in 2011 and 2012

  • U11      Born in 2010
  • U12      Born in 2009  
  • U13      Born in 2008
  • U14      Born in 2007
  • U15      Born in 2006
  • U16      Born in 2005
  • U17      Born in 2004
  • U18      Born in 2003 (Born in 2002 may attend these sessions)
  • ANY ATHLETE IS WELCOME TO TRY OUT.  

TRYOUT FORMAT

Teams will be selected during two evaluation sessions.  Where possible due to the numbers of players and quality of performance, more than one team will be formed.  Players will be assessed on Technique, Insight, Personality and Speed (TIPS) and assessed by a small panel of coaches.  Tryouts will be conducted to meet social distancing and group requirements as set out by local jurisdictions at the time of the tryout.  Players are encouraged to attend both tryout sessions in their region.

HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?

9U and 10U Elite Development League

EDL Teams will be formed following the June ID events.  Players will attend ID events at Gulfport Sportsplex or at Ocean Springs.   Teams will be formed with regional geography as a priority with six boys and six girls teams the target for the 2020-21 program. 

11U and 12U Team Formation:

Teams will be formed regionally.  Players based in Harrison & Hancock County will attend tryouts at Gulfport Sportsplex.  Players based in Jackson County will attend tryouts at Ocean Springs Sports Complex.  Teams will be formed on an A and B basis.

13U – 19U Team Formation:

Jackson County – players will try out locally at Ocean Springs Sports Complex.  Players wishing to try out for SMSC Elite Blue (Premier) are invited to attend the tryouts at Sportsplex.   SMSC will also use the tryouts at OSSC to identify potential Premier players and will also issue in person recommendations.

Players residing in Harrison or Hancock counties will try out at Gulfport Sportsplex.

TRYOUT QUESTIONS?

Questions ?  Please contact our Technical Directors …

Kevin Carmichael, U9 & U10 EDL

John Charman, SMSC Elite U11 & U12 

Nick Middleton, SMSC Elite U13 & U14

Chris Handy, SMSC Elite U15-U19

Jessica Maddox, SMSC Elite Jackson Co, Goalkeepers

COVID19 OPT OUT OPTION:

SMSC recognizes that many parents and athletes have concerns about returning to play during the COVID19 pandemic.  If you determine that you are not comfortable returning to play in June, but wish your child to be considered, please Register for the tryout and select the ‘Opt Out’ option.  SMSC Technical Staff and team coaches will either place your child according to their ‘body of work’ in 2019-20, or we will defer their tryout until teams resume training in late July or early August.  SMSC is committed to respecting every family’s right to choose their comfort level with return to Play during these very challenging moments.

HOW WILL TEAMS BE NOTIFIED ?

Team lists will be posted on or before Monday, June 22, 2020 online at:  www.smscsoccer.com

Following team selection, teams will have a parent meeting in a timely manner to provide team specific information on the 2020-21 season.  Due to current social restrictions, these may be done via online conferencing.  9/10U EDL teams will have a specific parent orientation managed by club staff.

WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION COSTS ?

U9 and U10 ELITE DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE - REGISTRATION

SMSC Elite EDL Select registration is $225 for 9U,10U*

*U9&U10 registration includes all team fees and is an inclusive price.

** All SMSC Elite players are responsible for uniform purchase.

SMSC ELITE REGISTRATION FEES U11-U19

SMSC Elite Select registration is $175 for U11-12U ;

SMSC Elite Select registration is $275 for U13 - U19.   

  • Team fees (for event registration, etc) will apply in these age groups.
  • Payment plans will be available. 
  • Players will need to confirm their spots and complete registration by June 30th. 
  • All SMSC Elite players are responsible for the purchase of their uniform (see below).

FINANCIAL AID:

SMSC awards Financial Aid based on need and not athletic ability.  Financial Aid forms are available online at https://www.smscsoccer.com/select Deadline for early consideration is July 15th , 2020.

FUNDRAISING:

SMSC will be holding several club based fundraising events during the 2020-21 cycle.  Our annual Duck Derby is once again scheduled for September at Gulf Islands Waterpark – and this allows players to fund travel and team expenses through the club.  SMSC will also be holding a ‘Draw Down’ and a 5KM Fun Run at Centennial Plaza, SMSC’s Official Housing and Hosting Partner.

UNIFORM PURCHASE:

Once teams are selected, your manager will submit your roster with numbers to the club.  This will be uploaded to soccer.com and you will receive an email directly telling you it is time to order.  SMSC maintains an online store that allows you to order your uniform directly to your home.  You will also have other options such as club backpack, sweatshirts, tshirts, adult spirit wear and tracksuits.  Uniform purchase must take place in a timely manner and parents should expect the process to take 14 days from order to delivery.