Tryout/Evaluation Policy

Last updated Jan 2020


Open player evaluations (tryouts) will be conducted twice yearly:

  1. In the fall (usually September) – before the fall/winter season
  2. In the spring (usually February/March) – before the spring/summer season

Players from outside the program may also be invited at any point in the season for evaluation as potential players for competitive teams.  If interested in an evaluation, please email 

Open Tryouts/evaluations are carried out as follows: 
  • Each age groups has at least two open tryouts for players to be evaluated for a competitive program during any open tryout period. 
  • Evaluations will primarily consist of small sided games, occasionally full field games, and in some cases technical and/or physical tests.
  • Players are asked to attend all tryouts (unless specifically told otherwise) and are REQUIRED to attend at least one of the open tryouts if they wish to be considered for a team that year, unless they have a medical reason preventing them from doing so (doctor’s note required, as well as notice to coaching staff), in which case alternate arrangements can be made for an evaluation.
    • Missing one or more evaluation sessions does not eliminate a player’s chance of making a team, but does make it more difficult for the staff to evaluate the player properly.
  • Evaluations will be carried out by some combination of the following individuals:
  • Academy Staff Coaches.
  • Academy and competitive team Coaches for the evaluated age group.
  • Academy and competitive team coaches from outside the evaluated age group.
  • Neutral coaches/evaluators from outside the program or club.

Criteria Considered: 

  • Players will be evaluated on their play during the open tryouts sessions themselves.  These results will be considered as part of the evaluation and team selection process.
  • Past information and evaluations will be considered wherever available.  This will include any available evaluations submitted by past team coaches, particularly in the most recent seasons.  For players new to the club, letters of recommendation, resumes/past performances, and videos will be considered where available as well.  


Selection Process: 

  • Once selections have been made, players will be sent an invitation to join the the given program, including a description of the required commitments.  Academy invitations will be sent first, and acceptances collected. That will be followed by the cobra team selections and invitations.  
    • Please note that some cobra teams will therefore receive notice significantly later than the first Academy teams selected.    
  • After all teams have been formed, and positions have been accepted, those not selected for a competitive team will receive notice and will be placed into the appropriate development or recreational program for that season.
    • Please note that some players may be offered conditional spots to train with a competitive team but not be full time players on the game roster due to the limit on roster spots.  


Under-age players:  

All players will be evaluated and placed into their own age group first.  Moving a player or group of players up to an older age group will be at the sole discretion of the technical staff, and requires consent from the club head coach. 


CUSC Evaluations Criteria (for all player evaluations within the club): 

  • All players are evaluated using a 4 corner approach which looks at their Technical/Tactical, Physical, Psychological and Social abilities.

1. Technical

  • Passing/Receiving:
  • Technique, accuracy and quality of passes with both feet (proper technique!)
  • Versatility of passes: (as players get older and more developed technically they should be capable of passing with various techniques in various situations)
  • Long passing ability with both feet (different styles of long ball… curved, chipped, driven, etc)
  • Quality of first touch when receiving the ball
  • Versatility of first touch
  • Ability to receive with different parts of both feet
  • Various distances of touch (close touch when in tight areas, bigger touch to beat players, changing direction with first touch, etc)
  • Dribbling:
  • Comfort with the ball at the feet
  • Using both feet and various parts of the feet to dribble the ball at various speeds and directions
  • HEAD UP, or ability to see others while dribbling!!!!!
  • 1v1 moves (both at full speed as well as low speeds)
  • Ability to use the body to shield/win the ball. 
  • Shooting:
  • Technical ability to shoot the ball with both feet and all styles.  Also includes finishing ability in general (making the right decisions at the right times to score).

2. Tactical

  • These include but are not limited to:
  • Decision making with the ball
  • Movement/Positioning without the ball 
  • Cooperating with another player, group of players or team.
  • Understanding attacking principles of the game
  • Understanding defensive principles of the game
  • Position specific tactics

For younger players (U9-U12) these are primarily individual or small group oriented.  For older age groups they transition increasingly towards team-oriented tactics and full game and positional awareness.

3. Physical

Overall athleticism.  This reflects the players' physical ability to affect the game, or his/her physical potential to be a strong player in the future.  This category includes: 

  • Speed – quickness (first 5 yards), speed (10-40 yards), pace (40 + yards).  Ability to accelerate, decelerate and change direction quickly
  • Strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, etc.

3. Social/Psychological

This category gauges the relevant social and psychologice skills and attitudes for playing the game properly and being able to LEARN the game in a team setting.  This includes but is not limited to:
  • Confidence 
  • Discipline/Concentration 
  • Work ethic  
  • Motivation
  • Growth Mind set
  • Leadership: Communication skills, leadership, maturity, team-work, punctuality, etc.