Tryout FAQ

Rogue Valley Timbers Tryout FAQ-

Why is competitive soccer so expensive? It seems as if the costs have increased over last year.

While we understand that the cost of our programs may seem significant, we believe they are a great value, compared to other youth activities in the valley. Depending on what level your child is playing, they operate on either an 8 month or a 10 month schedule. During that time they can expect to have anywhere from 80 to 110 training sessions, which equates to approximately 160 to 220 hours of training per year.

The cost to register with the club did go up this year. One reason is that we added the league fees into the registration cost, to make things a bit easier on our team managers. We also increased the base fee so we can inch closer to covering the actual cost of participation per player. Our current price structure does not cover the cost, so this will begin to close the gap. We have always been committed to assisting in removing financial barriers so that all kids who want to play soccer can play soccer. We have created a 6 month payment plan as part of our program to ease this burden. We also offer financial aid. If you are in need of financial aid, we will have forms to fill out at the registration table on the night of tryouts.

While keeping in mind the amount of training and playing hour your child gets for playing in our club, RVT must also pay an annual usage fee to the City of Medford for our time at US Cellular Park. We believe having access to these state-of-the-art turf fields is a huge benefit to our club and our kids. In addition, we provide ongoing coaching education for our coaches (both volunteer and paid staff), first aid and CPR training for our coaches, equipment and professional oversite.

We hope this better explains how we offer a well-run organization and provide a solid and safe environment for kids to participate in.

What is the difference between premier and classic soccer?

Premier soccer is geared towards the most serious and committed soccer players. The premier group will train on a 10-month schedule and participate in the Oregon Youth Soccer State Wide League. The premier level will require travel throughout the fall and spring with approximately 3 overnight trips between September and mid-November and another 3 to 4 overnight trips between February and April. Premier teams will play 1 to 2 tournaments per summer and either President's Cup in November or State Cup in April (both are state championship series tournaments). Premier teams have paid professional head coaches and typically have a parent volunteer assistant.

The RVT Classic program offers an opportunity to players who are unable to commit to the travel demands of the premier program or are not quite ready to play at that level. The classic teams compete in the Southern Oregon Classic League (SOCL) with limited travel to Grants Pass, Ashland, Klamath Falls and Roseburg. They typically play in one to two games a weekend during September and October, and April and May in the spring. Occasionally we will have teams from Redding, CA in the league, at which point we do travel to their venue as well. Classic teams typically compete in 1 summer tournament and the Rogue Memorial Challenge at the end of the year. Classic teams typically have one to two parent volunteer coaches.

What is your play up policy?

Typically, players wishing to play up on the premier team must finish in the top 20% of the older age group to be considered to move up. We believe that unless they are significantly better than the majority of the older age group they should stay at an age appropriate level and not take the place of a player of the proper age.

We typically do not consider play ups for the classic program. However, depending on numbers and needs there are times in which we may.

If players are interested in playing up, they must attend the tryouts of both their own age group and the older age group unless an exception is granted by the RVT Director of Coaching.

What happens if my child tries out for premier and isn't selected? Will he/she be automatically considered for classic? Will I be refunded my money if he/she does not make the premier team?

YES and YES

What is the tryout format? What are the evaluators looking for? How are players graded?

The tryouts take place over a period of 2 days with approximately 2 hours of evaluation per day. Players will go through a series of technical exercises, small sided games and larger games.

At the U12 through U14 age group, evaluators are looking at technical ability, tactical understanding, competitive spirit and effort.

Players are graded on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) by multiple evaluators.

Who are the evaluators?

The evaluators consist of the premier team head coach, the classic team head coach (when known) and multiple other RVT staff coaches. With the exception of the classic head coach, we try the best we can to not have parents of players in the age group involved in the tryout process as we want the evaluations as objective as possible.

How are the teams determined?

After the tryout, the evaluators sit down with the RVT Director of Coaching and look at the tryout scores. The top scores typically make the premier team, if they are willing to play at that level. As we get to players with middle scores there is discussion amongst evaluators as to where a kid fits best. There is some subjectivity that comes into play in the tryout selection. How is the players attitude at training? What is his/her effort like in games? Is he/she committed to being at training? On time? In his/her practice gear? Is he/she coachable? Was his/her tryout an anomaly? All of these things come into play when selecting the teams. The current or past coaches of players will be sought out for this information if it is needed.

My son/daughter really wanted to make premier and was placed on classic. Why did this happen? I heard the tryout process is political.

Our goal at the RVT is to make sure that the players are placed in an environment in which they can be successful and grow, so this is not a "political process". Often times as parents we want our kids to make the top team and get really mad when they don't. But when they do, and they struggle we get mad at the coach of the top team. Our message is it's ok to be on the b team, or the c team or whatever team best fits your child's ability. In the end we want our players to be happy and to have a chance to grow and develop as players and people. Our children all do this at vastly different rates. No one is out to stifle your child's development in favor of another child.

What happens if my child doesn't make premier or classic?

The RVT is a full-service soccer club. If your child is not selected to participate at the competitive level, we have a great recreational program where they can play and hone their skills. If they love the game, let's keep them playing as long as possible.

My son/daughter can only make 1 night of the tryouts. Is this ok?

We certainly understand this is a busy time of year. It is always best to make both sessions. But if you can't, you can't. Please let Kevin Primerano know if this is going to occur.

My son/daughter is injured during tryouts. What do I do?

Sign him/her up for the try out and bring them to both nights. They will be given an evaluation number and will watch the try outs or participate in what they can. We will use our past knowledge of the player to compare them to the tryout pool.

My son/daughter can't make either tryout session. Can they have a supplemental tryout for them?

Unfortunately, we cannot hold a supplemental tryout unless we need players to round out a team.

What about the multi-sport athlete?

The RVT completely supports and encourages players to participate in multiple sports at the younger ages. We believe this is critical to the players athletic and emotional development. That said, it is critical that soccer doesn't take a back seat to the other sports. The expectation is that both activities and coaches give a little bit and there is clear, consistent communication between the parents, the players and the coaches. It is incredibly frustrating when we find out on a Friday that we won't have multiple players on a weekend because of a basketball tournament. Please understand that there are significant fines levied against teams who cancel games during a season. We need to make sure that our teams are viable and committed to the leagues they are playing in.

Why do you hold the tryouts in early May and announce the teams after the Rogue Memorial Challenge?

Traditionally, the Rogue Memorial Challenge marks the end of our soccer year. For a time, we used to hold the tryouts after the tournament in early June. Unfortunately, this really doesn't leave us enough time to process the results and get the teams going. We decided several years ago to hold the tryouts in May, but allow the teams to finish with the RMC as their final event of the year.

My child was born in 2005. Half of his age group will be in high school this fall. What does the program look like for him?

This situation is unfortunately one of the worst outcomes of US Soccer's change in age group classification. They short answer is that we do not have a standard answer. Kids in this situation should come to tryouts and we will put together the best solution possible based on the numbers. In the past, we've made teams that have played the fall season state wide and we've had teams that have played in the SOCL. We just won't know how to handle the groups until we see what the numbers look like.

This age group will try out for our winter premier again in November when the high school kids have completed their season with their schools. The winter premier program is our club program for high school age players.

My child is a 2005 and will be entering high school. He doesn't want to play JV. Can he tryout for the fall team?

The RVT supports high school soccer and encourage all eligible players to try out for and participate with their schools regardless of what level they would play. We believe that playing for your school is an important part of your emotional and social growth.

That being said, if you have a player interested in playing club soccer over high school soccer we would not prevent you from trying out.