2023-2024 Travel Season Tryouts for New-to-Travel Players
Thursday, June 1 OR Tuesday, June 6
Two sessions each night, based on player birth year (BY)
- 2015 birth year (BY) players: 6:15 arrival and check in 6:30-7:30 try outs
- 2014 birth year (BY) and older players: 7:15 arrival and check 7:30-8:30 try outs
Check in at the Schenley Oval gazebo between the tennis courts. Tryouts will be on the grass.
Register through the link below which will collect player and parent information through Sports Connect. If you are part of the Dynamo Recreation program, please use your existing account login and player profile to register.
There is no cost to try out. If a player is invited to join a team, the total fee for both Fall+Spring seasons is $299 (scholarships available).
Players need to sign up for only one session. Tryouts are for players new to the Dynamo Travel program only.
Players should wear weather-appropriate soccer-playing clothing, shin guards, and cleats or tennis shoes, and should bring a ball and water.
Tryouts will be held in rain (but not in thunder or lightning).
Parents can stay for the tryouts but are asked to keep a reasonable distance from the tryout area and not coach from the sidelines.
More info about the process and teams:
Tryouts are run by a third-party vendor who rates the players primarily on skill level. Current coaches may observe to determine appropriate team placement.
During the month of June, Dynamo Travel commission will work with coaches to form teams and fill open roster slots (see philosophy below). Players will be notified via email regarding placement but this may not happen until late June. (See volunteer message below.)
Coaches will be needed for new 2015 U9 teams. Additional coach support may be needed for existing teams. Please indicate your interest during registration and we will reach out as teams are formed and players assigned to teams. (See volunteer message below.)
Dynamo philosophy and tryout realities
Dynamo is an organization where we want to accommodate as many players as possible where a travel-level competitive atmosphere is the right fit. So, we do our best to place any players who try out to a team as long as those players have the requisite interest and openness to skill development. However, the reality is that we have limits on roster sizes, coaching staff, and field space. In some cases, players who try out will not be assigned to a team.
New teams will be formed for 2015BY/U9 players, so we anticipate and need greater numbers of those players. Roster limit is 12 per team.
2013BY/U11 and 2011BY/U13 teams are expanding to larger rosters so 2-3 additional players are needed for these teams.
If sufficient interest exists any age group, we can form new teams. Roster limits are 12 players for 2014BY/U10, 14 players for 2013BY/U11 and 2012BY/U12, and 18 players for 2011BY/U13 and older.
2009BY/U15 and 2008 BY/U16 teams are tentative in the fall, as that is when high schools have their season and fewer players are available for additional travel practice and play. We will form a mixed age team if we have enough players. Please do sign up for tryouts so we can gauge interest. These teams will be formed in the spring season and we will reach out in winter with details.
Dynamo organization and commission
Dynamo is an all-volunteer organization. We have day jobs that pay the bills.
Forming teams is a multiple constrained puzzle with players, coaches, ages, roster sizes, remembering that this coming year 2013=U11 but 2011=U13 oy vey! and to communicate with existing players and coaches (all of whom will be on vacation at different times) and so yes, it may take us a month to form the teams for the coming fall.
If you like this kind of task, or have any other abilities that would help in running a youth sports organization, and want to help us out, please volunteer. We have several tasks that are stand alone / once or twice a year activities that don't involve answering email daily: team formation (summer), uniform order/distribution (summer), team equipment organization (summer, early spring), field equipment organization (summer, early spring), website updates (no html experience needed). Send an email to [email protected], and thank you!