LAKE OSWEGO HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER PROGRAM - TRYOUTS

TRYOUT WEEK

The boys soccer program is the first athletic program to take the field at Lake Oswego High School every year, starting at 700am on the first day of the OSAA fall activities season. Tryouts will continue for all five mornings of the week, Monday through Friday. The coaches realize that tryouts can be a stress-inducing activity for players (and parents and coaches), and will do their best to be as transparent as possible. You can find more information about tryouts below, and on the FAQ page.

DATES

Monday through Friday

August 14 through August 18

CLEARANCE

The coaches are instructed that no player may take the field until he is "cleared". All Clearance processes must go through the LOHS Athletic Administration Department.Caoches have no influence over this process. Clearance is a process each player/family must complete that includes academic eligibility clearance, financial obligation clearance, and health/medical clearance. Much more information about Clearance can be found on the LOHS website. In general there are three main components of Clearance. Academic - Each player's academic transcript must demonstrate that he is on pace to graduate on time with acceptable grades. This means that incoming students must provide a transcript from their prior school. Financial - Each player must show that he has fulfilled any financial obligations to the school including activity participation fees. This is also where an unreturned textbook can cause headaches, as these show up as unfulfilled financial obligations. So get those textbooks returned. Health - Each player must provide a physician's form in his first year of participation and his third year of participation. Forms can be downloaded from the LOHS website. They're pretty standard. Your physician should be very familiar with the process.

TIMES

700am to 845am

LOCATION

LOHS - Lake Oswego High School Upper Turf Field

DESCRIPTION

Tryouts will begin promptly at 700am. So please arrive early enough to be fully dressed in your gear, and on the field ready to go, at the starting time. As at the Camp Week, players should be properly and legally equipped and should bring a full waterbottle. Unlike the Camp Week, players do not need to bring a soccer ball to tryouts. Warm-ups will begin immediately at 700am, and will be followed by small sided games. Almost all of our tryouts are held on the main soccer field at LOHS, playing soccer. We do not have any pre-requisite two-mile run requirements, or anything else like that. We will have our coaching staff observing multiple small sided games, evaluating players.

Coaches for all teams are looking for a combination of attributes in a player, including both on-the-field capabilities as well as off-the-field capabilities. On the field, coaches are looking for a combination of technical, tactical, and physical skills. Off the field, coaches are looking for attitude, effort, and commitment. For all teams, off-the-field attributes can outweigh on-the-field attributes. But a player that brings both sets of attributes stands the best chance to make his desired team. The coaches are looking for players that can play technical soccer at very high speeds, make smart tactical decisions (also at very high speeds), and bring strong physical capabilities, as high school soccer is a full contact sport. The coaches are also looking for players that bring a positive attitude during games, training sessions, team meetings; put forth their best effort all of the time (and not just when the coach is looking); and show commitment to the game of soccer, to the team, and to themselves.

Each year the Varsity team is formed by selecting the top 15-17 players that are expected to bring both on-the-field and off-the-field attributes to the program during the current fall season. Contrary to popular belief, the JV1 and JV2 teams are not formed by simply selecting the next 32-36 top players. The JV1 and JV2 teams are formed by selecting the next 32-36 players that are most likely to develop into a Varsity level player, either later in the current fall season or in a subsequent fall season. In other words, the JV1 and JV2 teams are not about selecting players to win JV1 and JV2 games this year. They are about selecting players to win Varsity games later this year, or next year. This is a very important factor to keep in mind, and is often the reason a player that is demonstrating a continual improvement in skills may be selected over a more athletic player whose skills are not improving.

There are no pre-determined quotas when it comes to roster sizes (with the exception that a 6A team entering the OSAA State Tournament may bring a maximum of 22 players in uniform). Instead, we focus more on putting players at a level of soccer with a speed of play where they can get touches on the ball, and experience success.

However, for those that are looking for numbers, in general we try to start the season with a Varsity roster of about 15-17 players, and then move players up from the JV1 team during the course of the season. We may even finish the season with a roster of as many as 24-25 players (with 2-3 players not in uniforms for OSAA State Tournament games). We look to start the season with a JV1 roster of about 16-18 players, and the JV2 team with 18-20 players. Slightly larger JV1 and JV2 roster allows us to move players from JV1 to Varsity, and from JV2 to JV1 during the course of the season.

Over the course of the week, all players are given thorough and thoughtful evaluation and consideration. Some players will be offered positions on a team they desire. Some players will be offered positions on a team they did not desire. Some players will not be offered positions on a team. The coaching staff will do it best to handle these discussions with integrity, honesty, and respect. We do not notify players of their team placement by posting rosters on a wall. We do our best to meet with them face to face. It's not always possible to do this on an individual basis, so sometimes we will have discussions in very small groups, as privately as possible.

As a final note, every year the Lake Oswego Soccer Club (LOSC) forms several teams that play in a local co-ed league called Soccer-5. Most years, LOSC forms multiple teams at two levels - sophomore/freshman teams and senior/junior teams. Depending on the number of registrants, these teams can consist of all LOHS players, or sometimes a mix of LOHS and Lakeridge HS players. These teams play against West Linn, Wilsonville, Tigard, Oregon City, and Clackamas. Games are typically on Saturdays, and training sessions are usually two night per week. We strongly encourage all players not offered Varsity, JV1, or JV2 roster positions, to consider signing up for the LOSC High School soccer league. This league is so fun, we often have to remind Varsity, JV1, and JV2 players that they are not allowed to play in this league. (These are Soccer-5 league rules, not ours, although they make sense.) The point is, the high school co-ed league is extremely fun, and offers a great way to continue to experience the game of soccer.