Despite freezing temperatures, hundreds of 7- to 10-year-olds came out to Promontory Park this past weekend in the hopes of earning a spot on one of El Dorado Hills’ two largest competitive soccer clubs. Both El Dorado Hills Soccer Club and Ethos held annual tryouts over a three-day period for their 2013 U9-U11 teams, with EDHSC adding a U8 academy for the first time.
One more tryout may be held next Saturday, if needed.
EDHSC president Chris Hunt said they might form upwards of 20 competitive teams made up of U8-U16 players. Ethos president Fritz Libby said their U9-U15 competitive teams will number at least 10.
Tryouts for older age brackets for both soccer clubs will be held in February.
The three separate tryouts gave the coaches a full look at interested soccer players. “It was in the players’ best interest to attend as many tryouts as possible, even though it’s possible to earn a spot on a team with just one appearance,” said Hunt. What he and the other trained coaching staff look for more than anything each year is a young person’s passion for the game.
Libby echoed the importance of looking for that passion in players. “If parents are trying to figure out if making the leap from rec to comp soccer is for their child, think about whether you have a kid who’s always kicking a soccer ball around or not,” he said.
The EDHSC competitive season runs from May through December; their recreational teams play from August through early November.
Joe Champion was recently named the new director of Coaching for EDHSC’s competitive teams. Last week Champion was also named Oak Ridge soccer team’s new head coach.
Ethos Soccer Club’s season is longer, running from February through December. At this time they have comp teams only, but a junior, rec academy for U6-U8 players is forming.
Libby said he’s proud of their experienced coaches, including new addition Kylee Wosnuk from San Juan. “She is responsible for drawing in more interested girl players this year,” he said.
What if a child doesn’t make a comp team this year? “There’s always next year,” said Hunt. “Some kids might mature later as a soccer player.”
Hunt also stressed the importance of taking advantage of the soccer clinics EDHSC frequently offers. “Many are free and others have a nominal fee,” he said. “The time spent working with professional coaches like Joe Champion can make all the difference whether a child learns correct footing, etc.”
Both clubs will offer skill clinics for older players before tryouts next month.