1. General
    1. The Competitive Team / Player Selection Committee shall ensure that this Policy is followed.
    2. The Competitive Team / Player Selection Committee shall comprise the President, the Vice-President, the club’s Head Coach, the Technical Director and the Registrar.
    3. Teams shall only be registered by the Registrar as a competitive team when a try-out / player selection process has been completed, or as otherwise established as per article 4.6.
  2. Player registration
    1. The club’s Player Registration form includes two questions with regard to playing competitive soccer and playing in an older age group. These questions are as follows:
      1. “I am interested in trying out for a competitive team in the East Region Soccer League (ERSL)”; and
      2. “If there is an opportunity, and the club has a need, I am willing to play with an older age group for the full season.”
    2. If either question is left unanswered the default answer interpreted by club shall be “No”.
    3. Players wishing to change their registration form answer from “No” to “Yes”, or vice-versa, following submission to the club can do so in writing by email to the Registrar. Phone call requests shall not be accepted.
  3. Eligibility to participate in a competitive team try-out
    1. Players will only be invited to a try-out for a competitive team provided that they have completed their Player Registration Form with the answer “Yes” checked on the form, or otherwise complied as per article 2.3. Further, provided also that they have done so in sufficient time so that the club has been able to advise the team’s Head Coach in advance of the first try-out.
    2. Players from age groups below will be invited to the try-out provided that they have checked both answers as “Yes” on their Player Registration form, or otherwise complied as per article 2.3.
  4. Try-outs / player selection criteria
    1. Due to changing circumstances, new coaches, new players, and different development rates of players, players who played on a competitive team in one season are not automatically selected to play on that competitive team in the following season.
    2. The club’s Registrar shall provide a list of players that have answered “Yes” to either of the two questions above re. competitive play and playing up to the club Head Coach.
    3. The club Head Coach shall provide the team Head Coach with a list of players that are eligible to try-out for the competitive team. The list of eligible players may include players from younger age groups subject to article 3.2. above.
    4. The team Head Coach shall invite all players on the list to the team try-outs providing sufficient notice.
    5. If the number of players is less than the minimum size per the Team Size Policy, the club Head Coach shall advise the team Head Coach and the Registrar that there are not enough players to form a competitive team.
    6. If the number of players is such that a competitive team can be formed without the need for a try-out, the club Head Coach shall advise the team Head Coach, who shall in turn provide a confirmed team list to the Registrar, who shall register the players to the team.
    7. If the number of players is greater than the maximum number of players per the club’s Team Size Policy, then the team Head Coach shall arrange with the Technical Director for a try-out to evaluate the players. Only those players on the list issued by the club Head Coach shall be invited to the try-out. Players that have not satisfied the process above, as per articles 3.1 and 3.2, shall not be allowed to participate in the try-out.
    8. The player assessment shall be conducted in accordance with the club’s Competitive Soccer Try-Out Process. The team Head Coach shall organize and conduct a minimum of two (2) skill assessment sessions.
    9. Players that participate in the try-out, that are younger than the age group of the competitive team for which the try-out has been organized, may only qualify to play for the competitive team if they achieve an evaluation which places them in the top 50% of players of the team size being selected; and provided that by playing up an age group, they do not prevent a competitive team being formed at their own age group. In other words, they must be considered an impact player.[Explanation of top 50%: If 20 players are trying out for a mini-field team of 10 players, the younger age group players must achieve evaluations that rank them in the top 5 to qualify to play on the team.]
    10. Following the try-out(s), the player selection shall be carried out in accordance with the club’s Competitive Soccer Try-Out Process. The team Head Coach shall be allowed 2 discretionary player choices for mini-field teams, and 3 discretionary player choices for full-field teams.
    11. Following the try-out(s) the player assessments shall be passed to the Technical Director, who shall rank the players in accordance with the club’s Competitive Soccer Try-Out Process.
    12. The Technical Director shall provide the club Head Coach and the team Head Coach with the results of the assessment.
    13. The team Head Coach is responsible to ensure that a team list is provided to the club Head Coach and to the Registrar.
  5. Related Policies and documents
    1. Team Size policy.
    2. Competitive Soccer Try-Out Process.
  6. Dispute resolution process
    1. Should any dispute arise from the execution of this policy, the matter shall be referred to the Competitive Team / Player Selection Committee for a decision, such decision to be final.