PARENT TRYOUT MANUAL
We are pleased that you are interested in tryouts for our club. Over the years we have enjoyed many successes with our involvement in youth soccer. We have learned one key ingredient of success is clear, consistent communication between the Club and its Teams, Coaches, Players and Parents.
This player/parent handbook has been put together in an attempt to answer some of the recurring questions about tryouts and team registration. If you have further questions look first and foremost to the Head Coach and / or manager of the team.
For the 2023-2024 seasonal year Michigan State Youth Soccer Association have stated that tryouts must be held on June 10-11th, 2023. Before tryouts we will be communicating the following information:
- Announce coaching assignments.
- Open tryout registration link in TeamSnap for MLS Next Academy tryouts
- Open tryout registration link in TeamSnap for MSYSA/NAL/NLC tryouts
- Announce Free Open House dates and times.
- Release team plans
- Communicate with individual families regarding next steps.
- May: Tryouts for 2011-2005 players for our elite MLS Next Academy teams (More Info here)
- June 10 & 11: Tryouts for all 2017-2005 players for WSSL, MSDSL, DA, MSPSP, NLC and NAL teams (check out Player Pathways)
How will teams be formed?
The coaching staff will discuss our current player pool and next steps for their development. We will then engage each family in this conversation by the end of May.
A tryout registration link is posted on the web site. Register for tryouts with the player's name and birth date online to show your interest in our programs. Please complete the registration more than 24 hours before the start of the tryout day so that the waivers are signed, and your child's name appears on the list at the check-in desk. Only register the player once. Once the participant is imported or added please do not click on the Add existing Participant button again or you have a double registration.
For the MLS Next Academy tryouts for 2011-2005 birth years, you register with a link and if you decide to attend the ECNL tryouts on June 10th you will register with the separate link.
Players from other clubs and the Michigan Wolves will have the opportunity to participate in Open House dates. Times and Dates are posted by birth year at Free Clinics · Michigan Wolves Soccer Club
On Tryout Day please arrive 30 minutes before the published start time and enter the Trinity Health Sport Dome. Inside on the left side of the Dome field you will need to check in so that we can check that we have your waivers and hand out a tryout number. Teams will be formed during the session and parents will be provided with a Team Registration Link to accept the placement on a team.
Hints to navigate this season's 'tryout' period?
We will post a team plan for each team. The team plan will inform you of the league your child will play in if they are placed on that team and the annual price for that team. The price will be split into a 11 month payment plan (June to April). You are committing to a full year price upon registration even if you elect to pay using the payment plan. Check out all of the plans in your age range and our website has the differences in Leagues listed under the Competitive Tab in the main menu.
We will be using the Team Snap system to communicate with all players that are interested in tryouts, so it is important that you register to receive any updates.
Uniform sizing will be set up for players to determine their size before ordering their non-refundable uniform kit. Please make sure you stop by and try on the items. You will not have another opportunity to try them on before ordering using the team registration link. Spiritwear will be available for purchase. This is the time to get your car decals, hats, shirts, chairs, etc. since we will not hold another sale until the fall. We will have a few items to try on that you can order via a TeamSnap link otherwise all other spiritwear items are purchased at physical sales held a couple of times in the fall.
Put together an electronic folder on your computer or take pictures with your camera phone with the following documents:
- a copy of the player's birth certificate or passport (needed to upload into SportsForm link)
- a 1.5'x1.5" photo (shoulders and above with a plain background) to be uploaded into TeamSnap
Once the coach offers a player a spot on their team the player will be provided a TeamSnap registration link for that specific Team. Please register right away!
When you register the login email will be used for all financial correspondence. Therefore if your player signs on with their email all financial notices will ONLY go that email address.
When you login to your account you choose "+New Signup" and choose the players name for this team from your list. Do not use your name! Check all of the participant information for changes and you can input a JPG photo if you wish (optional). You will have to fill out participant questions and take special notice of:
Are you purchasing the Field uniform kit or Goalie Kit? Player must be U12-U19 to choose Goalie kit. You will be able to purchase an optional GK jersey if desired.
You will be unable to change uniform sizing later so please take care when selecting sizes of each item.
Please list your 6 favorite numbers for the season? Players will need to list multiple options since numbers will be assigned from this list.
DO NOT click on Add Existing Participant or Add New Participant at this point or you will be charged double team fees.
Fill in Parent Contact information with the emails and cell phone numbers you wish to receive Team Snap communications from your manager and Coach. Hit Save and Continue and you will advance if all mandatory fields are complete.
MSYSA International Clearance:
Clubs with teams participating in MLS Next are considered by US Soccer to have a professional affiliation. As such, all players registered with clubs who are involved with MLS Next are subject to ITC requirements. This includes the players who play in MLS Next as well as the players who participate in any MSYSA affiliated leagues & programming. We will be asking if your child was born outside of the United States, including U.S. citizens born abroad not their citizenship status. If your child's birth certificate is from any country other than USA you will be required to fill out additional forms and receive International Clearance which can take months so we want to start the paperwork at tryouts. For more information check out:
MSYSA International Clearance – this resource includes general information and a summary of updates (as of March 2022) regarding the international clearance process. Page 2 of this resource includes a graphic from U.S. Soccer which will help parents/players and club administrators determine which ITC process is applicable to the player. Page 3 includes a list of all the ITC processes, with a link for each process containing detailed instructions and the required form.
Documents & Waivers:
We are collecting some of the necessary documents through Team Snap. Since each league has different requirements, this section has forms for more than one league. By completing all the forms, we will be prepared for any dual roster scenario and for final placement. The required documents are also available in the registration program. You can print the documents, complete the forms with the necessary information/signatures, and rename and save the document to your computer or take a picture with your phone. As you proceed with the Team Snap registration, it will require you to upload the completed form in the documents portion of the registration.
There are 6 Waivers that require you to type in an expected name. You will be required to type in the expected name to continue even if it is not your name. The updated waivers are listed below so that you can read them before receiving the registration link.
WAIVERS TO BE ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED IN TEAMSNAP
TEAM FEES AND UNIFORM ORDER:
You must click on the Team Fees and Uniform Kit.
The U8-U19 Uniform kit for new players contains:
- Black Jersey, Short and Sock
- Grey Jersey, Short and Sock
- 2 Practice Tees, 1 Practice Shorts and 2 Practice Socks
- Warmup Top and Warmup Pants
- Backpack is required if you are a new player (do not have a Wolves backpack from previous season)
Please note that there are optional items (no red star) that you can order plus the optional to order additional kit items like extra socks, shorts, jerseys. You input the sizing that will be ordered on the first page of the registration.
CHECKOUT CART - IMPORTANT
Before you input your Credit Card information decide if you plan to pay in full or by installments!
If you choose to pay by ACH (input bank information) you can ONLY pay in FULL! If you would like to pay in full just hit the slider to turn off paying by installments.
If you plan to pay by installments, you can input your credit card information and see the installment Plan Details.
Hit Confirm Payment and the main email on file will receive an email that the payment was processed. Otherwise, you will receive an email that your card was declined, and you need to call your card company to tell them it is not a fraudulent charge. Any time your credit card company declines your payment the TeamSnap system will send an email for 3 days to the email address that was used to register.
If you made a mistake and pay in full and meant to pay in installments, please email Heather Prince at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have troubles navigating the Team Snap program, please use their Live Chat feature at the bottom right of the screen.
Once you have registered and you want to see the due date, pay in advance or change your credit card information in your account you need to:
- Log into the Team Snap account you used to register using a computer browser (not Internet Explorer). If you login with a different email you will not find any payment information even though you receive communication from that account.
- Click on the tab at the top that says "My Teams" (upper right corner).
- Do not click on any of the teams that are listed in the scroll down list. You just have to click the actual button that says "My Teams" which takes you to the dashboard where all of your teams are listed, including registrations and payment plans.
- If you need to enter a new Credit card then click on "Update your credit card" input new details and hit "update card".
- Click on Select Payments tab and select the circle next to the payment and hit process now button at bottom of page if you need to process a payment immediately.
If you have any issues with TeamSnap please use their Live Chat button on the bottom right of screen