Junior Discovery & Junior Academy

Player Placement for the 7U-10U Junior Discovery, Junior Academy and Elite Academy program is set up to provide parents an honest evaluation of whether the coaching staff feels that their child is better suited in the Elite Academy, Junior Academy, Junior Discovery 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 in the 10U Elite Academy.

Select & Classic

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. Players are evaluated over two nights to determine the most appropriate placement for each player. Each tryout session lasts 75 minutes.

Evaluators: NC Fusion Full-Time Directors of Coaching and 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.

ENCL & Elite

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. Players are evaluated over two nights to determine the most appropriate placement for each player. Each tryout session lasts 90 minutes.

Evaluators: NC Fusion Full-Time Directors of Coaching and 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. Players who are not invited to participate on an ECNL or Elite team will be automatically registered for the Classic program and will need to attend the Classic tryouts. No additional registration is required.

US Development Academy

Tryouts are open to for the 11U-12U Boys age groups and are conducted by the Directors of Coaching and NC Fusion professional coaching staff. Players are evaluated over two nights to determine the most appropriate placement for each player. Each tryout session lasts 90 minutes. Players will be invited to attend the third night of tryouts.  Tryouts for boys in the 13U-19U age groups will be invitation only.

Evaluators: NC Fusion Full-Time Directors of Coaching and 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. Players who are not invited to participate on a USSDA team will be placed on an ECNL or Elite team OR will automatically be registered for the Classic program and will need to attend the Classic tryouts. No additional registration is required.

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