DKSC players are selected through a tryout process which takes place in late May or early June, with supplemental tryouts being held as needed. Tryouts are held over a two day period for each age group. Each tryout session will last approximately 1.5 hours. Potential players must attend at least one session to be eligible for initial selection. It is highly recommended that all players attend all sessions to be properly evaluated. The more opportunities the evaluators have to see your child, the better their evaluation will be.
DKSC views multiple considerations when determining team composition and player selection. Soccer at this age and level focuses on learning, developing, being active, team camaraderie, and the challenge of competitive play. Additionally, DKSC soccer has two seasons of play, one in the and one in the spring. As such, there are several factors and player traits a coach must consider when evaluating players in order to select a competitive-oriented soccer team. Such as: Ability
Self control and Energy level
Individual skill (transitions, ball handling, shooting, passing)
Communication and listening skills
Ability to be coached
High regard for sportsmanship
Respectful of teammates, coaches, officials and adults
Ability to handle adverse situations
Enjoyment of the game
Positive, results-oriented attitude
Response to positive reinforcement
Competitive in nature
To provide an element of non-partial skill evaluation, compensated independent evaluators may be used to provide input and scoring during the try-out process. Evaluators will rate player skill and ability and make suggestions to the head coach for final team selections.
Our goal is to make the tryout process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible so that the players have a positive experience. In order to foster that -stress environment, parents much watch tryouts from outside the marked areas of the field. Please keep in mind that a parent's goals and objectives should be aligned with the philosophy of the DKSC program. To learn more about the DKSC program and philosophy please click the link below.
Knights Club Program
'Play Up' Requests
Players who wish to ‘play up’ to a higher division of play must contact the DKSC appropriate Director prior to trying out. For Director contact info visit out Contact page.
When all evaluation has been completed we will have a better idea of how many teams we will have in each age group. The age groups and roster sizes may vary. If we have enough kids to make two teams in one age group then we will make an "A" team and a "B" team, and if we have enough for a "C" team then we will do that. Age Groups are as follows:
- U9 - U10 Boys and Girls compete with 7 players on the field (7V7) and they have a maximum team roster of 12 players and a minimum of 8 players
- U11 - U12 Boys and Girls complete with 9 players on the field (9V9) and they have a maximum team roster of 14 players and a minimum of 10 players
- U13 - U19 Boys and Girls complete with 11 players on the field (11V11) and they have a maximum team roster of 22 players and a minimum of 13 players
These are guidelines for maximum and minimum roster counts. However, the final maximum number of players will be determined by the team's head coach.
The number of teams will be determined based on number of players trying out; we would like to offer the minimum of 1 team at each age group but we will not know the exact number until the tryouts. Team placement starts with placing kids on the first team or top team (A Team) and then work our way to the second team (B Team) if the numbers and quality are there.
Playing Time & Positions
All players selected for a DKSC team will play in competitive club games and tournaments. Due to the competitive focus of DKSC club teams, this general rule does not equate to equal playing time for all players. Playing time for individual players can vary and is determined by the respective DKSC coach. The DKSC coach’s decisions will be based on various coach observations and factors across practices and games, including performance, skill, commitment, and conduct. Players are expected to commit to the team and put forth their best effort at practices and games. Commitment, attendance, and effort may impact playing time. To ensure optimum team results, it is the DKSC coach’s decision to position players where they can best help the team. No player is guaranteed to play any specific position.
Did My Child Make a Team?
At the end of each tryout week, the evaluation team (independent evaluators and coaches) will meet to review the player’s evaluations and create the teams for next year. Together, the group will work to form the teams. The focus will be on the developmental needs of each player & team, and will place players in the appropriate level of play, MOSSL, BPL, OCL, COPL. Every attempt will be made to notify all players of team selections within 24-48 hours of the final tryout. The goal is to have ‘first picked’ players contacted within 24 hours of tryout. The goal is to have all teams finalized within 72 hours of the final tryout date for that division. After players have been notified and accepted, they will be sent an email of final acceptance. Parents will be officially notified by email if your child has made a team. Your time to accept this position will be limited.
After offers are extended and accepted, there is much work that needs to be completed over the summer to ensure the players can start the season in August. Uniforms must be ordered online, paperwork and fees collected, meet the coaching staff and so much more! The team meetings are designed to share information with parents about the upcoming season, allow the players to meet their teammates and to collect paperwork necessary to prepare for the team’s participation in competitive leagues.