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Tryout Information

Tryouts Information for Fall 2024 Teams

2010 (Fall 8th Graders), 2011 & 2012 Boys
May 20 & May 22
Location: Escalante Middle School

2010 (Fall 8th Graders), 2011 & 2012 Girls
May 21 & May 23
Location: Riverview Elementary School

May 30
Location:Riverview Elementary School

Rio Rapids Durango Soccer Club will be conducting tryouts for next year’s U13 and U14 age groups (2012/2011) birth years along with the 2010 Fall 8th Graders to form teams for the Fall 2024-Spring 2025 season. Additionally, the (2007-2010) high school girls age group will tryout to form teams for the Fall 2024 season. This will help us meet the needs of our members by providing a more competitive based environment, while still providing the continued development of all players. Tryouts are not mandatory for players but do assist dramatically with the proper placement of players.  If interested, please register by Friday, May 17th through the link below.

Changes to previous tryouts years:

This Spring the club will be conducting tryouts with 2012/2011 mixed age groups, training together, with the possibility of structuring mixed aged, ability-based teams. The first night of tryouts players will be grouped within their respective birth year. The second night of tryouts the birth years will be mixed. This provides a training perspective to determine how players perform within each age group.  The goal is to determine if a clear split of ability justifies players’ age groups being combined. 

Currently, the breakdown of registered players is listed below:

2012 Boys 35
2012 Girls 16
2011 Boys 15
2011 Girls 19
2010 Boys 2  (8th grade Fall of 2024)
2010 Girls 5 (8th grader Fall of 2024)

It should be noted, all teams must play in the age division of their oldest player. For example, a team made of 2012 & 2011 players (incoming U13 & U14) players is categorized as a U14 team and will play in U14 divisions in both league and tournaments.

*Team structure is at the discretion of the Directors of Coaching.  This is highly dependent on player pool numbers and ability level in the group.*

Tryout fee: $10 (please bring to Tryout. Checks payable to RRDSC). Players who are not registered for tryouts cannot participate in the identification days.

Players MUST bring both their White and Maroon game jerseys to the tryouts for training identification purposes. Players who are new to RRDSC will be given a training bib in lieu of the jersey.

Click HERE to sign up for Tryouts

RRDSC coaches will evaluate players on the four pillars of player development including the following:

  1. Technical (Skill) Development
    • ball control – receiving (1st touch), second touch, passing
    • 1v1 moves
    • shooting, heading
    • shielding
    • etc.
  2. Tactical Development
    • systems of play suited to number of players on field
    • Executing positional roles
    • essential game elements – overlaps, give and go, switching play, etc.
    • recognizing other team’s tactics
    • etc.
  3. Physical Development
    • speed
    • endurance
    • strength
    • agility
    • flexibility
    • etc.
  4. Mental Development
    • focus
    • concentration
    • confidence
    • decision making, anticipation, perception
    • team atmosphere and environment
    • Etc.

The first and second night will include a technical warm-up, small sided, and 11v11 full sided game play. Additionally, the Directors of Coaching and the current age group coaches are continually evaluating players over the course of the 2024 Spring season to add to the identification process. If a player cannot attend both nights of tryouts we will use the one night plus their regular coach's evaluation for placement.

*Team structure is at the discretion of the Directors of Coaching.  This is highly dependent on player pool numbers and ability level in the group. *

*Registration is June 1 - JULY 1.   

Players will be accountable for the following commitments.

Team Commitment:
Two practices a week (90 minutes)
Duke City Soccer League: 4 Saturdays of doubleheaders in Albuquerque, NM
Tournaments: 2-3 per a season
*If you want to play soccer, but are not interested in an ability based team you DO NOT have to attend the tryouts.  Instead, all you have to do is register your player and they will be placed on an age/skill appropriate team.

Click HERE to sign up for Tryouts

*Birth Year and Season Matrix*
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