Park City Soccer Club is a “select” or tryout-based soccer club. Most roster positions will be filled at the time of player placements. This is the best opportunity to make the team.
It is the policy of the Club to select teams where the players are all of the same age so that there is an increased expectation of their staying together as a team for several years. In some cases, a younger player with appropriate ability may be invited to play up an age group. In rare instances, a mixed team (of no more than 2 age groups) might be established for developmental purposes.
Selectors. Each team will be selected by a committee of experienced coaches. The Director of Coaching may appoint him/herself as one of the selectors. In the case of new teams, the club may consult with recreation coaches to provide input. The reason for multiple selectors is to minimize the risk of bias (to a particular style of play or because of previous connections), or the appearance of bias.
Attendance at Player Placement Sessions. It is important that players make every effort to attend the placement sessions for their age group. Players are expected to attend both sessions. This maximizes a player’s chance of being selected. Player selections are completed quickly and players who attend a session for another age group delay team selection for all players. In exceptional cases, the committee may select a player who is well known to the selection committee and who has informed the coach that they are unable to attend tryouts because of injury or other unavoidable circumstances.
Coaches Input. Player placements are open. Our policy is to pick the best players regardless of past participation in the Club. A coach’s report on previous attendance, work ethic and attitude will be considered for returning players.
Tryout Organization. Head coaches in each age group will be administering consistent placement sessions ranging from individual skills assessments, to small sided games, and finally to full-sided matches. The format will be predetermined by the coaching staff with the guidance of the Coaching Director. Evaluators will be identifying player cognitive, psychosocial, technical, tactical, and physical levels by age.
Selection. Each selection committee member shall have an equal vote in the selection of players, bearing in mind that each team requires a balance of players in different positions. While committee members are encouraged to discuss their personal selection criteria, each shall select according to their own criteria and rank all players who try out. The selection committee will meet after the session and determine which players are to be selected.
Number of players per team. While UYSA allows each competition team to carry up to 18 players, it is the policy of Park City Soccer Club NOT to carry a full roster. Per UYSA, U9 and U10 X-league teams may roster a maximum of 12 players due to their 7 v 7 format, and U11 and U12 X-league teams may carry a maximum roster of 15 players and due to their 9 v 9 format. PCSC’s philosophy is that a slightly smaller team will maximize playing time for the rostered players and maintain the highest possible level of play.
Maintaining open positions. Park City Soccer Club will keep openings for players who may move to town, or for players who may elevate their level of play over the summer through hard work and dedication. Players may be invited to train with a team on the practice roster. Please see the Practice Roster Policy for more information. Such invitations, however, DO NOT guarantee an invitation to join the team.
There is no hierarchy, seniority or waiting list for filling open positions. All selections are made at the discretion of the Head Coach and the Coaching Director based on the skill and merit of each individual player. Previous experience with the Club does not guarantee a player a position.
***Should a player be named to the team, but decline to register with the team, the Coach may, with the input of the Coaching Director, name an alternative to the team. This option is at the discretion of the Coach and is not guaranteed.
***Should a particular age group be fortunate enough to have at enough skilled players attend player placement sessions, the Coaching Director may opt to field two teams: an “A” team and a “B” team. Player assignments will always favor creating the most competitive team possible at the “A” level, with the “B” team serving as a developmental team. The teams will not be created equally or with a balance skill levels of between the two, with the exception of the U8 Program. All assignments are at the discretion of the Head Coach and the Coaching Director and will not give consideration to seniority due to longevity with the Club.
***All named players will be asked to accept their position with Park City Soccer Club by emailing the Registrar at