Junior Academy (U9-U10 Age Groups)

Player Placement for the 9U-10U Junior Academy and Junior Academy Gold program is set up to provide parents an honest evaluation of whether the coaching staff feels that their child is better suited in the Junior Academy Gold, Junior Academy, or Recreation program.

Tryout: held over two nights with each session being roughly an hour in length

EvaluatorsNC Fusion Full-Time Directors of Coaching and current Junior Academy Coaching staff

The tryout process is conducted in a relaxed environment whereby players are encouraged to play the game they love and have fun. This is done to ensure players are not intimidated or “fear” not making a team.

The coaching staff evaluates each player in a few simple ways:

  • Psychological – “Do they want to be here?” and “Are they mature enough for this environment?”
  • Technical- “Do they try to receive the ball?” and “Do they have a purpose for the ball when they play it?”
  • Physical – “Can they compete physically with the players around them?” and “Do they have a good level of coordination?”

Player Selection: The number of players selected will be determined by the quality of the player pool.  The top group of players on the boys and girls side will be invited to participate on the 10U and 9u Junior Academy Gold teams.

11u-19u Programs (Boys and Girls)

Tryouts are open to all in the 11U-19U age groups and are conducted by the Directors of Coaching and NC Fusion professional coaching staff for the varying programs in each age group. Players are evaluated over two nights to determine the most appropriate placement for each player. Each tryout session lasts 75-90 minutes.

Evaluators: NC Fusion Heads of Program and NC Fusion Staff Coaches

How Players Are Placed: Each player that attends the tryout session is evaluated in four different areas: technical, tactical, physical and psychological. For those returning players, evaluations over the course of season/year is combined with their performance during the tryout session to form the fairest assessment possible. New players are encouraged to relax and enjoy playing, and will receive a fair, objective placement.

NOTE: Players who are not invited to participate on an ECNL or Premier team will be given instructions and a coupon code to register for their Home-based tryout and should plan to attend their Home-based tryout. No additional fee is required.

USSDA is an invitation-only program. No tryouts.

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