Logistics and Tryout Process
Like last year, all prospective candidates should report to tryouts on Thursday August 22nd (freshman included). Freshman, sophomore, junior and senior players will tryout on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. First cuts will take place on Saturday, however, tryouts are a fluid process. What this means is that every player will be spoken with by the end of Friday’s session. Players will either be: cut, told that they’ve made one of the teams and are still trying out, or told that they’ve made a specific team (ex: you’ve made JV). The first and last scenarios are easily understood. The second scenario occurs when coaches have evaluated a player and know that the player will be invited to be on one of the teams, but still need more time to make a final placement. So for example, coaches may be watching a player more to see if they’re ready for varsity, and if they aren’t, will invite that player to play JV. With all this said, the majority of each team is formed by the end of Saturday’s morning session.
Forms and Fees
Please take care of ALL physicals and forms before arriving on the first day. These are all done electronically. There are many of these and players can only participate when ALL forms are on file. Please do this before August.
- 8/22 Thursday:
- 10:00 - 1:00 PM: Fitness Tests and Technical Work
- Beep Test
- Technical Stations
- 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Tactical drills and small sided scrimmaging
- 8/23 Friday:
- 10:00 - 1:00 PM: 1 v 1, 2 v 1, 2 v 2, 3 v 2, 3 v 3 and 6 v 6
- 8/24 Saturday
- 10:00-1:00 PM Full Sided Scrimmaging
- 3:30 Wayland Scrimmage (Varsity, JV and Freshman): bus @ 2:30 PM
Pre-Season Scrimmage Schedule
Scrimmages and other practices are scheduled for the following week. Occasionally, players continue their tryout into the following week to allow coaches to watch players during scrimmages against other teams.
This is our tentative schedule:
- Varsity & JV: Monday August 26th @ Cambridge (Danehy Park) 1:30, with bus pick up at 12:30
- Varsity: Wednesday August 28 @ Brookline 10:00, with bus pick up at 9:00
- Varsity: Friday August 30 @ North Andover 10:30, with bus pick up at 8:45
We have parent/player informational email in June. This year, that meeting was on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 PM in the Little Theatre of the high school. If you were unable to attend the informational meeting in June, please reach out to Brian Bisceglia-Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information detailing summer/pre-season training opportunities. The captains will be in communication with players regularly throughout the summer via email and facebook.
Preseason tryouts and practices will be physically demanding. If you cannot train with other Belmont players, it is in your best interest to make a training plan that matches with your schedule.
Beep Test: We will be using the beep test again. It measures aerobic fitness and takes less than 20 minutes. A quick google search will give you more information regarding the test. It’s widely regarded as one of the most accurate ways to gauge a soccer player’s fitness level.
Ladder: You run these distances consecutively with 90 seconds to recover in between each run, while also walking to the next starting block on track.
- 800 in under 3:10
- 600 in under 2:15
- 400 in under 1:30
- 200 in under :45
- 400 in under 1:35
- 600 in under 2:30
- 800 in under 3:20
REMEMBER: Fitness tests are only a portion of the overall skill-set coaches are assessing. You will be assigned a numbered pinny on your arrival that you will wear for the duration of your tryout.
Other gear to bring
- Running shoes,
- Plenty of Water
- Shin guards (Required)
- A positive attitude