FOR PLAYERS ENTERING THIRD - EIGHTH GRADE IN THE FALL 2023
JUNE 13th - 14th, 2023
The schedule for player evaluations for the upcoming season has been set. Please refer to the following post for more information.
1) What are player evaluations and why do we do them:
First and foremost, it's essential to understand that these evaluations are not tryouts. We request that players entering 3rd to 8th grade for the upcoming school year (starting in the fall of 2023) attend these evaluations. Alongside coaches' assessments, these evaluations serve as a vital tool for our league to place players on teams effectively. We aim to ensure that each player is placed on a team that aligns closely with their skill level. We want to avoid situations where players feel overmatched on higher-level teams or unchallenged on lower-level teams.
2) How do player evaluations work:
Here's how the player evaluations will work: Players should check in at our registration desk at Samoset and receive a numbered penny. Evaluators will organize small-sided games on the field. As the kids play against each other, our evaluators will assess their skill levels relative to players in their age group (either 3rd and 4th graders, 5th and 6th graders, or 7th and 8th graders). To ensure fair evaluations, we will rotate the players among different fields so that each participant competes against numerous other players.
3) Should I come to evaluations if I am unsure my child will play Fall 2023 or Spring 2024:
Absolutely! Even if you're unsure about playing in the fall or spring, we encourage you to attend the evaluations. We will keep your player's evaluation on record, and it can be used for team placement in either the fall of 2023 or the spring 2024. Please note that we do not offer make-up sessions, so attending the evaluations will ensure your player's assessment is available for future team placement considerations.
4) What to bring to evaluations:
A soccer ball (3rd to 6th graders - size 4 soccer ball | 7th and 8th graders - size 5 soccer ball)
5) Schedule for the evaluations (at Samoset soccer fields):
-3rd and 4th graders: Tuesday, June 13th - Registration opens at 4:30 PM, evaluations start at 5:00 PM and conclude at 6:30 PM.
- 5th and 6th graders: Wednesday, June 14th - Registration opens at 4:30 PM, evaluations start at 5:00 PM, and conclude at 6:15 PM.
- 7th and 8th graders: Wednesday, June 14th - Registration opens at 6:00 PM, evaluations start at 6:30 PM, and conclude at 7:45 PM.
*** Please come for the grade you are ENTERING in the Fall. ***
i.e. CURRENT 2nd graders come for the 3rd grade session as they are ENTERING the 3rd grade in Fall 2023.
6) Parents / Spectators Roles in Evaluations:
We kindly request that all parents/spectators remain at the top of the hill near the concession area for several important reasons. Firstly, we want the players to be able to fully concentrate on the instructions provided by the evaluators. Having spectators walking around the small-sided games can distract the participants. Secondly, we aim to discourage any form of "coaching from the sidelines." Maintaining a designated area for parents can ensure a fair and unbiased evaluation process. Your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines will greatly contribute to the smooth running of the evaluations. Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to seeing your child at the evaluations.