Player Selection

Player Selection and Tryouts

Player Selection

  1. Players will be selected after participation in an open tryout. Tryouts will be conducted in March. Additional tryouts may be held later in the Spring for players who were unavailable for the first round of tryouts. Tryouts will be competitive and should be viewed by parents as being the same as club soccer tryouts. There are likely to be a series of cuts through which the number of players trying out for a particular team is reduced in several stages until the final roster is determined.
  2. Tryouts will consist of drills and game-like situations and will be organized by professional trainers who are qualified to work with AYSO.
  3. Coaches will assist in tryouts and player selection but will not have the final say about player selections for Extra teams.
  4. Upon completion of the tryouts the Region 76 Extra selection group (aka the EXTRA Committee) will select the Extra teams. Player selection will be based on the rating and rank ordering prepared by the Region 76 professional trainers with additional input from the Extra Committee and Coaches to take into account other factors such as: coachability, emotional maturity, attitude, discipline, volunteer status of parents (e.g. – are they referees), and potential team chemistry (this last is meant to reflect both players and parents).
  5. Players who are not selected will of course have the option of participating in the AYSO core program and will be encouraged to do so. The core program will still provide post season play opportunities with all star and tournament teams. Parents are encouraged to remain positive with their kids, even if they don’t get selected for Extra.


There will be a maximum of one Extra team per age group per gender for the upcoming season.

# of Players per Team:

  • 10U - 10 players per team
  • 11U - 12 players per team
  • 12U - 12 players per team
  • 13U - 15 players per team
  • 14U - 15 players per team


A "Move-up" in AYSO occurs when a player who is age eligible for a Division is given permission by Region 76 to play "up" a Division with older children. This typically occurs when a child wishes to play "up" in the next highest Division to be with his or her classmates or because they have demonstrated particular advanced development with skills and emotional maturity.

Move-ups in the Extra program will be considered on a case by case basis. Allowing a player to "move-up" will be determined by the Region 76 Board or those designated by the Region 76 Board to make the decision. By its very nature, the decision to allow a child to move up or not is subjective. Therefore, Region 76 will utilize the expertise of its most experienced coaches in making this decision for any child whose parents wish to have play up a division. The decision will be made solely by the Region 76 Board or those members of the board appointed by our Regional Commissioner to make the decision. Once a decision has been made, it will not be subject to appeal.

Players who wish to play up and try out for an Extra team will be subjected to the same tryout process as the older players. They will be required to attend both the tryouts for their birth year AS WELL AS the tryouts for the Division they are trying to move up in to.

Please be aware that it may work better for your child to have him or her play in their proper age group even though other players in the same grade are playing in the older one (and may increase your child's chances of being selected to an Extra team. Most Move Up requests are not approved as the Region believes strongly in giving players the opportunity to grow and lead in their own age group.

Club Players

Your child will be selected with the expectation that he or she will NOT participate in a Club program while playing in the Extra Fall season, because the two programs require such high levels of commitment that a player on both a Club and an Extra team probably cannot satisfy his or her obligations to both teams. A player who joins a Club after being selected to participate on an Extra team should expect to lose his or her place on the Extra team. Exceptions may be made with the consent of the Regional Commissioner, which will be granted only in rare and unusual circumstances.

Participation in both the Extra Program during the Post-Season and on a Club team will be decided on a case by case basis, but is highly unlikely. The consent of the Extra Program coordinator or the Regional Commissioner will still be required before a Club player may be permitted to participate on an Extra team during the Extra Spring season.