- Wear shinguards and other proper soccer attire.
- Make sure Physical and Insurance Forms have been submitted to either the Coach or the Athletic Director.
- Remember that players who do not have their forms in by the second day of tryouts will not be able to practice again until the forms are submitted.
- Remember that players must have 10 practices in before they are eligible for the first game. If any of the first 10 practices are missed, players will not be able to play (WIAA RULE) in the season opener that is scheduled on the eleventh day of soccer.
In-Depth Tryouts Information
The following are important considerations concerning tryouts at Gonzaga Prep:
- The word politics
always seems to crop up during tryouts for sports teams when players
don’t make the teams they want. Fortunately, at G-Prep, a player does not
need to be a club player to be on Varsity or Junior Varsity. We do not
care what club you play for or if you even play for a club team.
Although some of Prep’s best Varsity and Junior Varsity players have
typically had significant high-level club experience, we have also had
all-league and even all-state Varsity players who did not play club
soccer. Players are selected for our three teams based on performances
at tryouts, not club affiliations.
- At Prep, we
truly take the strongest players for Varsity regardless of grade-level,
what team they played for the previous year, etc. We typically have about five
coaches unanimously decide what will be best for the players, teams, and program.
- On Varsity
and Junior Varsity, sometimes we have redundancy in particular positions
and may challenge players to play in new positions rather than drop
down a level just so that they can play their preferred positions.
Simply put, not everyone will get to play in her preferred position.
- Our Junior
Varsity has consistently been one of the top three teams in the city. Our
J.V. often has some players that would make Varsity at other schools
with less talent than G-Prep, but that is one of the challenges of
playing for a successful program. Some of our most successful Varsity
players have spent two and even three years on Junior Varsity.
we run across a freshman or sophomore who is talented enough to be a
low-end Varsity player on our team, but if that player is not going to
get much playing time, we may decide to have her play Junior Varsity in
order to have more playing time and become better prepared for next
season or even later in the same season.
year, we “wipe the slate clean.” All positions on all teams are “up for
grabs.” A returning Varsity or Junior Varsity player may not have
improved enough in the off season to hold her spot, thus allowing
another player to “leapfrog” her. This has happened many times at
Gonzaga Prep. In fact, we have even had former Varsity players finish
their careers as C-Squad players.
decision is set in stone. If a player “comes on strong” during the
season, an injury occurs, etc., players may have the opportunities to
move up or down.