Player Identification and Trials

Player Evaluation Process
ECNL Talent Identification Process
TSC Hurricane follows ECNL guidelines and recommendations as it relates to identifying and evaluating players.  The TSC Hurricane ECNL is not designed like traditional club soccer and does not hold open tryouts in order to select players.
Trials are by invitation only and include players identified from our internal player pool as well as some players that have been scouted by our coaching staff or players identified through the club’s regular competitive team tryout process or league programming.
The purpose of invitation only sessions are to evaluate top talents that have the potential to represent the TSC Hurricane ECNL at the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/19 levels.  The technical staff will use a criteria of evaluation that represents the playing style and philosophies of TSC Hurricane First Teams.
Participating players will be recommended to the TSCH ECNL Technical Staff by the player’s directors of coaching, executive directors, or similar leadership of the player’s soccer club.  Players who believe they have the potential to play at the ECNL level may also request a trial. 
Request a trial form (girls) Trial form (boys).  Players from ANY club or associated programs may be invited at any time.
If you have been selected for the USY state or Region III ODP pools, participated in US Club Soccer’s id2 program or Super Y League’s ODP program, or have been invited to a US Soccer National Training Center, you may be a good candidate for consideration in the ECNL program, and should Request a trial HERE (Girls)  Request a Trial (boys) for an individual evaluation. You should also have your current club DOC or club coach contact our ECNL Directors and recommend that you be given an individual evaluation.
Players trying out for the ECNL teams are required to have a very high level of skill and commitment to the sport. All players who are not selected to the full-time ECNL rosters, but sign to a TSC Hurricane team under NPL will be eligible to participate on the ECNL reserve/composite rosters for the appropriate ECNL teams or pulled up to an ECNL squad (based on performance).
NPL and OPC Evaluation Process
Returning players
Your evaluation has been an ongoing process since last August when the soccer year began. Each day whether the player has been training or playing in a game the team coach is evaluating their soccer abilities and their commitment to their team.
Your placement on the team for the next year is determined mostly by their overall performance during the previous year’s play.
Tryouts (for OPC Level)
Going into the tryouts, the Coaching Staff will have a fair idea were the returning players fit when comparing their abilities. The tryout sessions are specifically used to compare returning players to any new players who attend the tryout sessions.
Therefore we strongly recommend that players, returning and new, attend as many of the tryout sessions as possible to give themselves the best opportunity to be evaluated against all of their peers.  Check our website for information on Open Tryouts.
Each tryout session will last for approximately 1-2 hours and will consist of small-sided games such as 4v4 or 7v7 and full-sided games.
Evaluation Criteria
When evaluating players during the season or at the tryout sessions, the Technical Staff evaluate each player in four different areas: technical (skill) speed of play, tactical (decision making) speed of play, physical (abilities) speed of play, and the competitive psychological traits of the player. In the first three areas identified above each player is evaluated on the speed to which they can execute skill with success, decide when and what to do and their movement around the field. In the fourth area, psychological competiveness, each player is evaluated on their competitive toughness: will to win, work rate and willingness to learn.

Helpful Guide for Parents

  • Help player go through self-evaluation process
  • Is your current coach coaching same age group next year
  • What are your player’s goals?
  • Advise your current coach of these goals?
  • Ask your current coach for their recommendation what level they believe they’re at and if they should pursue the next level.
  • If they feel like they should move up reach out to next level coach for a trial or attend a session.
  • Even if same league level, reach out to the respective coach and schedule a trial or attend a session.


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