Selection Process FAQs
How are players Selected for NCE Programs?
NCE holds tryout sessions twice a year. September tryouts are for the Fall and Winter programming, April tryouts are for the Spring and Summer programming. We may run tryouts at other times in certain states due to local regulations. Players register to attend this first session and are evaluated during the session. NCE Staff will adjust the player’s rating during the evaluation process. The player’s rating determines which NCE Programming they can sign up for.
What happens at an NCE tryout?
Players arrive at the venue and are arranged by age and gender. Each player will receive a numbered pinnie and small sided (3v3/4v4/5v5) teams will be created. The coaches will have created several small sided fields prior to the players arrival for games and various exercises. Each players performance will be evaluated and their rating will be logged using our custom evaluation software.
Invitations will be sent to selected players within 48 hours of the end of the tryout. Those players who are not selected will also be sent an email notifying them.
When do tryouts take place?
NCE holds tryout sessions twice a year. September tryouts are for the Fall and Winter programming, April tryouts are for the Spring and Summer programming. We may run tryouts at other times in certain states due to local regulations.
Can players be pre selected for NCE Programming?
Yes. Any players in the NCE database who are rated highly enough will automatically be invited into training programs and other selective events. These are generally players we know from previous seasons.
Does selection in a previous season guarantee selection for the upcoming season?
No. Only about 25% of players who are currently in NCE Programming will be invited back automatically to attend the next season. We do this to ensure the level of play is always of the highest quality. Our selection process is greatly enhanced by seeing players currently in the program play alongside new trialists.
What is your selection criteria?
In general, we look for technically proficient players with a strong work ethic and a good attitude. We value potential with strong character traits which are a good indicator of positive future development.
Can my son/daughter be recommended to the NCE by coaches or existing players in the program?
Yes and we have an application link on our website for players who can’t attend tryouts.
Does my son/daughter have to tryout for Futures or Technical Training Programming?
Futures and Technical Training Programming are inclusive and do not require selection by tryout. Players are grouped by current ability and age within each program.