Tryouts

Tryouts

Registration for tryouts is now open.

 

Player Registration: CLICK HERE

Tryout Registration: CLICK HERE

Missoula Strikers Tryout Information (Dates are age group specific)
Oct 29/30, Nov 1/2, Nov 3/4, Nov 7/8, 2018.
Dates: Oct 29/30, Nov 1/2, Nov 3/4, Nov 7/8. (We will not hold tryouts on Halloween)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park

2006 Boys & Girls:
Day: Monday & Tuesday, Oct 29/30
Time: 4:30-6:00pm (check in begins at 4:00pm)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

2005 Boys & Girls:
Day: Monday & Tuesday, Oct 29/30
Time: 6:00-7:30pm (check in begins at 5:30pm)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

2004 & 2003 Girls:
Day: Thursday & Friday, Nov 1/2
Time: 4:30-6:00pm (check in begins at 4:00pm)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

2004 & 2003 Boys:
Day: Thursday & Friday, Nov 1/2
Time: 6:00-7:30pm (check in begins at 5:30pm)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

2002 – 2000 Girls:
Day: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 3/4
Time: 10:30-12:00pm (check in begins at 10:30am)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

2002 – 2000 Boys:
Day: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 3/4
Time: 12:00-1:30pm (check in begins at 11:30am)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

2007 Boys & Girls:
Day: Wednesday & Thursday, Nov 7/8
Time: 4:30-6:00pm (check in begins at 4:00pm)
Location: Fort Missoula Regional Park Turf Field

Fees:
Player Registration fee $35 non-refundable
Tryout Registration fee $50 non-refundable deposit
($25 late fee added after Oct 28th)

Player Registration: CLICK HERE (must be completed prior to Tryouts, if you participated in the fall, you should have already completed this step)
Must complete registration with a current headshot photo (update every two years)
Must upload a copy of birth certificate under documents tab

Tryout Registration: CLICK HERE

Philosophy:

Missoula Strikers is focused on establishing a culture throughout the club that is focused on continual improvement. We want to build an environment where success is not measured by winning teams but by player development and growth in the game. Of course we want all of our teams to win games but our emphasis is on playing the right way and having a “growth mindset”.

Winning is an important factor in player development, it raises confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief but as a club we also understand that there are more important aspects to consider. Not only do our coaches strive to enhance a player’s ability on the field but also nurture their character off it. Our coaches realize that they can become an integral part of a young person’s life, it is important to the club’s philosophy that our players, coaches and parents showcase good sportsmanship and respect at all times. Our primary focus is to develop decent human- beings, and soccer is just a part of that journey.

In the process of our team formations we strive to form the most competitive teams possible, given the numbers of players and coaches available. In the case where there are enough players to form two teams, players will be selected based upon several deciding factors with which they are evaluated. Such factors may include but are not limited to: technical skill, vision, knowledge, athleticism, and coachability.

It’s important to understand that, as the Executive Director of the club, it is my goal to build a unified club philosophy and identity that stretches across both Premier and Select teams. We are committed to providing a fun and challenging training and playing environment for all Premier and Select players so that players on all teams can develop to their full potential.
– Strikers Club Director, Ross McMonies

Some important things to know:

  • Everyone who tries out at the 2007 age group will be provided the opportunity to play. In recent years, the popularity of soccer in Missoula (and especially in our 9-11-year old Academy Program) has exploded, and we have more and more kids each year who want to play in our Competitive Program. Given this trend, we anticipate that there will more than one team of 2007 boys and more than one team of 2007 girls. Each player will be selected for the team/program that we believe best accomplishes Strikers’ goal of individual player development.” The number of teams will be determined by the number of interested kids and the qualified coaches available.
  • We also try to make as few “cuts” as possible throughout the 2006-2000 age levels, but in some cases they cannot be avoided.
  • Our aim is to form both Premier and Select level teams, providing all players an appropriate playing and learning environment.

Important: All players are required to tryout with their rightful birth year, unless prior authorization has been given by the club director.

Important: If a player wishes to play in an older age group, they may indicate that to the coaching staff. The club director will consult with the coaching staff in determining
whether to grant any such request based on evaluations and recommendations of such player. However, please note that all play-up determinations will be made by the club director and not by coaches or other parties. We understand that there are many requests to play up and several of those requests will likely be approved. However, it is important for the direction of the club that players only play up based on the recommendation of the coaching staff.

A player’s grade level in school does not have any implication as to what age group they play with. We follow the US Soccer birth year mandated guidelines, and if a player wishes to play up they must be recommended by a coach, pass an evaluation, and receive permission from the club Director.

Competitive Information:
Strikers is roughly an 18 week spring program which involves 3-4 training sessions per week, league games (with other teams from Montana), and other tournament opportunities. Tryouts begin the last week of October, with additional winter training sessions being held throughout the winter months. Outdoor training typically begins in March, weather dependent.

Cost: (Please note: Missoula Strikers offers Financial Assistance should families need support)

Montana Youth Soccer Association Registration fee (non-refundable) – $35 (This covers each player’s state insurance)
Non-refundable Competitive Tryout Fee – $50
Late Registration fee – $25 (If registered after October 28th)
Additional non-refundable deposit – $50 (This is to secure your child’s place on the team by January 1st and goes towards your program fees)
Strikers Program Fee – $395

Team Fee – Varies – $300 – $400 (depending on tournaments the team signs up for)
Everyone pays Registration and Team Fees (regardless of whether they are missing a weekend or not)
Team fees include hotel, gas, and food costs for the coaches, as well as tournament registration fees, and ref clinics for two people.

Jersey Fee – (Anticipate around $120 for two Jerseys) (Premier Team Players need Warm Up Jackets and Pants)
You must order this as an individual once your child has made the team (If not already purchased)
You will be provided with instruction and a club link in order to make a purchase
Optional – warm-ups, bags, and other apparel
Jerseys will be operational on a three year cycle (New cycle starts spring 2020)

Other Expenses:

Your own travel expenses including hotel, gas, food, etc.
Many families carpool, share rooms, etc. to save money

Items for all teams to know:
Each team needs a team manager and two certified referees to represent the team.
Team Manager – A manager meeting will be scheduled by the club Registrar, Michelle Burman
You will get a team manager’s book, but essentially you are responsible for:
Team communication (TeamSnap is the typical platform we use)
Collecting money
Registering and paying for tournaments
Checking in teams for tournaments
Paying the coaches for hotel, gas, food, etc.
Hotel block bookings
Two Assigned Refs – Every competitive team needs two volunteers to go through a referee training and be certified. (The cost of this is covered by each individual team)
This is state mandated, and the club is fined if they don’t do this
Strikers pays for volunteers to become certified referees
Once assigned games, referees are paid

Training Times and Location:
Training/practice sessions are at the discretion of your coach. Sessions will be held after school 3-4 times per week at Fort Missoula Regional Park (unless cleared with club director).

Winter Practice – Gyms/Turf:
Managers are responsible for securing gym space for their teams but Missoula Strikers will pay for two MCPS gym rentals per team.
Managers can coordinate payments with the Strikers office.
Turf space is available through the University of Montana or Parks & Rec. I would suggest working in conjunction with another team in order to reduce the cost.
This will not be paid for by Missoula Strikers.

League Games:
League games will be scheduled on Saturdays (possible Sundays) through April/May, against other competitive teams in Montana.
Players will need to travel in order to participate in these games. League games are scheduled by the state association in conjunction with the Strikers office.

Tournaments:
Tournaments are set at the beginning of the season by the coach and the club Director. The cost of these tournaments will be calculated in the Team Fees, and the team manager will let you know the individual cost. State Showcase and State Cup are included in Missoula Strikers Program Fees.

Jerseys:
All competitive players are required to have two jerseys, black shorts, and two sets of socks. These are purchased through soccer.com and you will be provided with that information once your child is placed on a team.
Additional equipment needed include shin guards and cleats. (This equipment can be purchased at most sports stores in Missoula).
Optional equipment available for purchase could include warm-ups, bags, and other apparel.

Coaches:
Competitive coaches will be selected by the club director. All coaches will receive training from the club director and be expected to pursue the USSF Licences. Competitive coaches are required to obtain their “E” license if they do not already have one. All coaches will also have a full background check and be registered with the state. We do not typically have a coach with the same group for more than 3 years.
Strikers pays for coaches to pursue US Soccer Licenses
Strikers pays all cost of coach registration and background check

Parent/Player Expectations:
Fulfill the commitment you made to your team
Be Responsible – Be on time to games with all proper gear
Be Safe – Players need to be in control of their bodies. Coaches will talk to players if they are out of control and not going for the ball)
Be Respectful – Show sportsmanship for other players, coaches, and referees (Parents – please represent our club and town by also being good sports) (Please don’t yell at referees)
Support your children – Cheer them on, tell them good job
Let the Coaches coach – It confuses children if parents are also coaching from the sidelines. (Be their biggest fan, but let the coaches coach)