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2022-23 Tryout Information

2022-23 SMSC Elite Team Tryout, Formation & Fees FAQs

2022-23 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.  

DATES:           

WHERE DO I TRY OUT ?

If you live in Jackson County, you will try out at Ocean Springs Sports Complex.  Players residing in Wiggins or Stone County will tryout at Stone County Soccer 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.

2022-23 SMSC ELITE SELECT AGE GROUPS: 

U9 and U10 for players born in 2013 and 2014

  • U11      Born in 2012
  • U12      Born in 2011   
  • U13      Born in 2010
  • U14      Born in 2009
  • U15      Born in 2008
  • U16      Born in 2007
  • U17      Born in 2006
  • U18      Born in 2005
  • U19      Born in 2004
  • 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.    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 May ID events.  Players will attend ID events at Gulfport Sportsplex, Ocean Springs, or Stone Co.   Teams will be formed with regional geography as a priority with six boys and six girls teams the target for the 2022-23 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.  Players who reside in Stone County will attend tryouts at Stone Soccer Complex.  Teams will be formed on an A and B basis.

13U – 19U Team Formation:

Jackson & Stone County – players will try out locally at Ocean Springs Sports Complex and Stone Co Soccer 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  and Stone 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, U11,U12

Nick Middleton, SMSC Elite U13 & U14

Chris Handy, SMSC Elite U15-U19

Jessica Maddox, SMSC Elite Jackson Co, Goalkeepers

2022-23 Fess & Info

HOW WILL TEAMS BE NOTIFIED ?

Team lists will be posted after tryouts 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 2022-23 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 PROGRAM COSTS ?

2022-23 U9 and U10 ELITE DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE - PROGRAM FEES

SMSC Elite EDL Select Fee for 9U,10U* Total Fee is $275.  

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

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

2022-23 SMSC ELITE PROGRAM FEES U11-U19

SMSC Elite Select program fee for U11 - U19 has been set at $425 for the season.  

Team fees (for event registration, etc) will apply in these age groups.

  • Players will need to confirm their spots and complete registration by June 1st.  Payment plan are available.
  • 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 , 2022.

FUNDRAISING:

SMSC will be holding several club based fundraising events during the 2022-23 cycle.  Our annual Duck Derby is once again scheduled for September at Centennial Plaza – 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.