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Small Sided Player Information

Travel Soccer Tryouts

The following is information that should answer many questions about the Manalapan Soccer Club U8, U9 and U10 travel program.

Tryouts for the 202-2021 season will take place the weeks of March 23rd and March 30th (click here for the schedule).  Following the tryout the professional trainer that conducted the tryout will rank the players for the given age group and create the roster.  The team offer will come via email with directions on how to accept of decline the offer.  The offer will not be considered accepted until the $250 registration fee is paid.  Payment of this fee locks-in the players spot on the team.

The team building process happens very rapidly and families generally have only 24-hours to accept or decline their offer. 

If there are enough players within an age group the trainer will attempt to field multiple teams.  The roster of the first team will be set and finalized before the second team offers are sent out.    If the player and their family does not accept or decline their spot, they risk losing the offer.  The spot will be offered to the next player on the list and the player that did not respond will be put at the bottom of the list for the entire age group.  They will not get another offer until all other families have responded.  

Within our younger age groups, the MSC has paid trainer-coaches for all travel teams.  The staff also includes a volunteer team manager and volunteer assistant coach(es).  Our team compete in the Monmouth and Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA).

In May the MSC holds tryouts.  We hire an independent company to complete evaluations.  Candidates are expected to participate in BOTH sessions.  This allows us to get the most accurate sense of where the player belongs.  Information about tryouts (dates/times) will be posted on our website and Facebook.

Just after Memorial Day, players are called and offered a spot.  Based on the numbers, the Club will decide if we will field 1, 2 or 3 teams.  Tryouts are held each year and players may move teams based on their ability. The Club recognizes that players will develop best playing at the most appropriate level.  

Accepting a spot is a full year commitment.  Teams do different things based on the parents and players, but a standard year consists of the following:

  1. Practice sessions beginning in August and/or a possible team camp in mid-August.

  2. Preseason tournament in late August.

  3. Ten-game Fall season - most games are played on Sundays

  4. Two-Three, 90-minute practices per week

  5. Late season tournament

  6. Winter practice program of 12, 60-minute practices

  7. Winter league of 8-10 games at a local indoor facility

  8. Preseason (Spring) tournament

  9. Ten-game Spring season

  10. Two-Three, 90-minute practices per week

  11. Participating in the Manalapan Memorial Day Weekend Tournament (parents and manager/coaches will also be required to volunteer)

Financially, the commitment will require:

  1. $250.00 Registration Fee

  2. $100.00 Tournament Workbond - returned after completion

  3. $150.00 Uniform - approximate (Once every three years, unless needed)

  4. $800-$900 *divided over the course of the year for the training cost.  Many teams fundraise which supplements much of the training costs.

  5. Other team payments for tournaments, equipment, practice shirts, etc - again, many teams fundraise to offset these costs

  6. All financial information will be discussed at a meeting once the teams are created.


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tryouts for registration.

Anyone interested in being a team manager must submit a letter of intent including qualifications to the Small-Sided Travel VP prior to tryouts.   Current managers must reapply each year for approval.

If you have any further questions, please contact Jim Tumbleson, Small-Sided Travel VP. [email protected]

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