Select (or travel) soccer is an opportunity for recreational soccer players to continue the growth of their soccer skills in an increasingly competitive environment while still placing an emphasis on development. As the name implies, players are selected annually for teams based on the abilities they demonstrate in structured try-outs. Try-outs are scheduled in June for teams expecting to start play in the fall. All players try-out every year regardless of whether they have played on a select team before.
Select teams typically travel farther than recreation level teams. The GVSA league area is larger than the GLCSL area. Select teams are also likely to register for one or more tournaments which may require travel outside of our normal playing area (possibly requiring overnight stays).
A commitment to a select team is for a full year (fall and spring). Select teams normally expect a greater commitment to practices - starting earlier before the season starts and often scheduled more frequently. This is necessary to be competitive and grow the higher levels of soccer skills needed for the select program league. Select teams stay together over the winter break and often continue practice or participate in indoor leagues together.
Yes! Our select teams are registered with the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) league. Our Rec teams are either in-house (the RPYSC league) or registered with the Great Lakes Coed Soccer League. A player may play on two teams provided the two teams are registered within different leagues.
This means it is possible for a player to participate in both our select and rec program provided they can meet the time commitment for practice and games.
A player cannot be registered on more than one select team or more than one rec team.
Tryout dates and the earliest date we can make offers to select players are published by the league that organizes our select games; Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA).
Typically tryouts are held during the third week of June. Please check our Facebook page for specific dates. Tryouts occur over several nights with specific nights for each age group. We usually include a make-up date for those players who might be out of town or attending tryouts with more than one club.
Tryouts are held at our home fields behind Reeth-Puffer Central Elementary School.
The address is: 1911 W Giles Road, Muskegon.
There is no cost for tryouts.
In fact, we encourage all players interested in growing their skills to tryout for a Select team. Regardless of acceptance on to a Select team this will be a valuable experience for players of all abilities.
Be prepared to demonstrate your best at all times during the tryout session. Come prepared as you would for a game (cleats, shin guards, water and appropriate ball).
Although your soccer skills on the field are obviously important, coaches and their assistants will also be looking for examples of good sportsmanship, ethics, communication with your fellow players, coaches and officials. We will be looking for players who are willing to listen and grow. You can improve your chances for selection if you can demonstrate your ability to play in more than one position.
There are a lot of useful guides on the internet to help a player understand what is expected at a tryout.