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Team Formation through Evaluations
Each June, MSC holds player evaluations. Players are evaluated by qualified individuals based on the child’s individual skill in areas such as soccer skills, knowledge of the game, and athleticism. However, coaches and evaluators also look at less tangible items such as “coachability”, team chemistry, desire to play, and the ability to be punctual, prepared, and present at practices and games. Player placement in previous seasons does not guarantee the same placement in the coming season.  

In order to help ensure players are appropriately placed, and the maximum number of teams get formed, all players, birth year 2016 and older, are required to attend evaluations – regardless of what level of team they participated on previously.  

All players must register through MSC’s registration system.

Note: Registrations for evaluations is free;, the player fee will not be charged until the player is offered a spot on a team. Player fees are dependent on the team's age and level of play. Therefore, players will receive an email notification when the player has been placed on a team, at which time the player will need to accept the position and pay the player team fee.

If there are enough players at appropriate skill levels in any age group, multiple teams will be formed. In the case of multiple teams, MSC and the coach(es) will select the most appropriate way to divide the players among the teams.

Teams will be placed in the level of play (WSSL, CASL, or East Side) that MSC and the coach(es) agree is appropriate for the team and its players. Due to this team formation process, requests for placement with friends/family are often not able to be accommodated.

What To Expect At Evaluations
All players must register online for evaluations at least one day prior to their evaluation time.

Players should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the evaluation, dressed to play soccer and bring a ball and water. When players check-in at evaluations, they will be assigned a number to wear for identification on evaluation sheets (please do not have the child where any clothing with their name or number on it). Evaluators will not see player names during the evaluation process - only numbers. If your child has a medical condition that the coach or evaluators should now about, please communicate it at check in.

Groups will be formed and players will be asked to demonstrate soccer and physical abilities in several areas. These may include passing, dribbling under control, finishing, sprint speed, and foot strength.

Players will also be placed in game-like conditions to evaluate effectiveness, movement off the ball, combination play, and teamwork. A team of evaluators will make scrimmage notes on players and the head coach will compile the information. At the conclusion of the evaluations, the coach(es) will form the teams and contact players/parents. Notification may happen by an automated email from our sports connect registration site. MSC will be accessible to provide feedback or discuss soccer options for players not selected for a team. Please ask if you desire additional information.

Evaluation Schedule

St James Church
1010 S Lansing St.
Mason, MI 48854
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

JUNE 10, 2024

Girls: 2016 & 2015

Boys: 2016 & 2015

JUNE 11, 2024

Girls: 2014 & 2013

Boys: 2014 & 2013

JUNE 12, 2024

Girls: 2012 – 2010 (Non High School)

Boys: 2012 – 2010 (Non High School)
Girls: 2009 – 2006 (High School)*
*Register only, Do not need attend

All interested players must register, based on the birth year, at least one day before their evaluation date!
*If your child is unable to make player evaluations, please email Greg Rodgers at: [email protected]

Our Commitment, Your Support

The evaluation process, like the soccer season, can be stressful for everyone involved. Players want to show their best, evaluators want to provide accurate assessments, parents want their child to do well, and coaches want to be fair in their selection and development of the players for the team. MSC encourages all adults involved in the process to work together to help minimize the amount of stress on the players. MSC works with coaches to help them provide compassion and create a positive atmosphere. We coach players to support each other as friends and possible teammates. We also encourage parents to help guide their child(ren) through the evaluation process and season, and keep in mind everyone is truly committed to doing the best possible in assessing talent, forming teams, and delivering a fun, educational, and developmental soccer season.
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