Travel Tryouts

The Westlake Soccer Association (WSA) conducts player evaluations for Travel Soccer every spring. Player evaluations are an important part of our process because they allow us to understand how many teams we will field and the appropriate level of competition for each team. Rec players interested in a higher level of competition are encouraged to attend tryouts.

Parents are encouraged to contact that age-level coach or the appropriate travel commissioners to schedule a make-up session if a player cannot attend an evaluation session.

Players should bring a ball and water and wear shin guards and cleats. Players will be evaluated anonymously by unbiased coaches.

Travel Tryout FAQ

Below are some FAQs related to travel evaluations

The Westlake Soccer Association conducts annual player evaluations for Travel Soccer every spring at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The evaluation schedule for the upcoming season will be posted later this spring.

Player evaluations are an important part of our process because they allow us to understand how many teams we will field and the appropriate level of competition for each team.

If a current player is unable to attend an evaluation session, we will schedule a make-up session.

Players will be evaluated anonymously by unbiased coaches.

Players should bring a ball, water and be dressed appropriately for the sport, wearing shin guards and cleats.

For any questions, please get in touch with WSA’s Travel Commissioners.

Q: What are the birth year and playing age groups (e.g., U9, U10, U11, etc)

The matrix below shows the correlation between birth year and playing age groups and format.

Season →

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

2026-2027

2027-2028

Birthyear ↓

2024

REC

2023

REC

REC

2022

REC

REC

REC

2021

REC

REC

REC

REC

2020

REC

REC

REC

REC

U8-ACADEMY

2019

REC

REC

REC

U8-ACADEMY

U9

2018

REC

REC

U8-ACADEMY

U9

U10

2017

REC

U8-ACADEMY

U9

U10

U11

2016

U8-ACADEMY

U9

U10

U11

U12

2015

U9

U10

U11

U12

U13

2014

U10

U11

U12

U13

U14

2013

U11

U12

U13

U14

2012

U12

U13

U14

U15

2011

U13

U14

U15

2010

U14

U15

2009

U15

Q: What if my child cannot attend the scheduled tryout date/time?

We publish scheduled evaluation dates early to allow maximum time for schedule planning. Parents and players should try to attend the appropriate age group evaluation. It is the only way to ensure an apples-to-apples comparison of similarly aged players with the exact same evaluators and ultimately help produce the fairest assessment possible. This is particularly important at the U11 through U15 levels (born in 2007-2011) since teams are formed based on demonstrated ability at evaluations.

If a player cannot make his or her tryout time, he or she can be evaluated by the next highest age group with the commissioners’ approval. In other words, if a player born in 2009 cannot attend the assigned evaluation time, they can participate with the commissioner’s approval with 2008 players of the same gender.

If a player does not attend an evaluation at either their age group or the next older age group, then the commissioners will exercise their discretion using available data (last year’s scores if available, consultation with coaches, etc.) in assessing appropriate player ranking and, ultimately, roster placement.  This is NOT the preferred outcome for WSA or the player, so please try to attend the scheduled time.

If a player wants to play travel soccer in the coming year and cannot attend the assigned evaluation, parents should contact the relevant travel commission listed below to work out alternate arrangements.

Q: What if my child is born in 2017 and wants to play travel?

A: The U8 development academy program is the best option for 2017 players. It’s specifically designed to help prepare players at the U8 level for transition to the travel program.

Q: What if my child is currently playing “up” (an older age group) or wants to play “up” next year?

A: Any player desiring to play up at an older age group in the coming seasonal year must notify their respective travel commissioner in advance and attend both their age-appropriate evaluation time and the older age group session.  For example, if a player born in 2009 desires to play in the 2008 age group, they must attend the evaluation session for both age groups.

The above applies to players currently playing in an age group. As prior year evaluation results do not guarantee current ability, it’s important to assess accurate player placement each year.

A player desiring to play up an age group must place in the top 25% of the older age group and meet minimums in all rated categories to be eligible for a roster position. The commissioners will determine final roster eligibility to ensure (1) the older age group is not forced to cut a player from the travel program (that has met minimum requirements) due to roster size limitations and (2) that maturity and coachability of the player is appropriate for the older age group.

Q: What if my child doesn’t make a team?

A: We make every effort to place as many players as possible at the right level of competition. In rare circumstances, there can be occasions when the overall numbers of players and roster limits from our sanctioning bodies make us unable to offer a roster spot. In those cases, registration funds are reimbursed in full.

Q: Can I get a refund if my child decides not to play?

A: If a parent/player decides after evaluations to withdraw from the travel program and not participate in the coming season, they must notify the relevant travel commissioner by July 1st to receive a refund (minus a $50 fee to cover evaluation and other administrative expenses).

Refunds for withdrawal requests after July 1st are not guaranteed and may be subject to additional administrative reductions as player carding and other costs begin to be incurred by WSA.