Coronavirus Note: Due to current health restrictions, we have shut down all club activities through Friday, May 1. As of now, we are keeping tryouts scheduled to move forward in the event we are clear to return at that time. In the event that we are still shut down, tryouts will be postponed and we will communicate expectations to all families signed up for tryouts. Thank you.
Planning to Attend Tryouts in 2020?:
Register using the form below. This will get you added to our tryouts email list to ensure you receive all updates and reminders as tryouts approach. After completing the form, hit “Submit.” If done successfully, the form will turn gray and “Message Sent” will appear at the top.
2020 Eclipse Tryouts Registration Form
2020 Tryouts Schedule (by birth year of players)
2013 and younger note: Tryouts are not required for this age, as players will participate in our Future Eclipse Program. To receive registration information about that program when registration opens later this spring, you can use the tryout sign-up form above to be added to our list.
2012 and older note: All players born in 2012 or earlier will participate in tryouts for our Eclipse teams. Signing up for tryouts using the form above ensures you will receive updates about tryouts. If this is your first time trying out, we highly encourage you to read our FAQ section below.
OIS Lower = Orinda Intermediate School Lower Field. The main parking lot for OIS is accessible at 80 Ivy Drive, Orinda. There is also a walkway with direct field access at 93 Coral Drive, Orinda.
Wilder 3/4 = Wilder Sports Complex, 101 Wilder Rd., Orinda. Field 3 is the third field up the hill and is accessible via the top of the main Wilder parking lot. Field 4 is accessible from the same parking lot by walking up the staircase or ramp.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my player can only attend one tryout?
While we encourage players to attend both tryouts, all players who have attended at least one tryout will be considered during the team selection process.
What if my player is unable to attend either of their tryouts?
If your player is unable to attend either of the tryouts scheduled for their age, please email email@example.com to be added to our alternate tryout list. While attending our normally scheduled tryout dates is highly encouraged, we will make our best effort to set up alternate tryouts for players who may otherwise have conflicts.
Do I need to bring anything to tryouts?
Players should wear athletic clothing featuring no logo for Eclipse or other local soccer clubs. Players should be wearing shinguards covered by soccer socks and soccer cleats. Please bring water and wear sunscreen.
How much do tryouts cost?
We do not believe in charging players to try out. We do select a charity each year to collect donations for at tryouts, so if you enjoy tryouts, you can donate to our selected charity.
What if it rains the day of tryouts?
Tryouts will be on rain or shine. If there is a lightning storm or if one of our grass locations does get closed, we would need to reschedule tryouts to keep the kids safe. If this occurs, we will contact all registered tryout participants via email.
How many teams will you have in each age group? How many kids will be trying out? What are my child’s chances of making a team?
As tryouts near, we will post our projected teams and coaches. These projected teams will be based on the registrations we have received for tryouts. Historically, we form one team in every age group and have a second and/or third team in age groups with large tryout attendance. Since we have many registrations come in last minute and always have some players walk up to tryouts without having registered ahead of time, it is very difficult for us to determine an exact number/chance of making it for any specific player ahead of time.
Can my child try out in an age group different than their own?
No players are allowed to “play down” per US Soccer rules. All players must play in their own age group and may not play in an age group below their own. In some rare instances, players may be allowed to “play up” in an age group older than their year of birth for developmental reasons. These rare instances will need to be approved by the director via email ahead of tryouts.
How are teams selected?
We have our coaching staff on hand for tryouts to have a wide range of coaches evaluating players. At the conclusion of tryouts, a compiled evaluation and rating is made for each player based on evaluations from all of the coaches. The club’s directors then meet with the coach of that team to review the ratings and make final decisions.
When will we know if we made the team?
The club’s director will notify families of team selections within one week of tryouts concluding. Notifications will be sent to the email addresses that accompany the online tryout registration.
How fast do you need to know if we accept our spot if we make the team?
We ask that you let us know as soon as you are able to. In general, about 90% of our players respond to accept their spots on the team within 24 hours; however, if you need more time to decide, simply let the club’s director know that you will need more time. We don’t want anyone to have to rush into a decision that they are not ready for.
What if my player does not make the team?
Players who are not selected for teams after tryouts will also be notified by the club’s director via email. At that point, players will have the option of joining the waiting list for that team. In the event that the waiting list does not work out, the club offers our a summer Development Program option, so players can still participate in the Eclipse club experience. More information about this option will be shared with players once the waiting list closes.
What if my kid is new to competitive soccer and is nervous about trying out?
Every year we have a ton of kids who are trying out for competitive soccer for the first time. We run our tryouts in line with our club’s Coaching Philosophy, so the kids generally have a lot of fun at our tryouts. If your child is particularly nervous, let them know at the registration table and one of our club coaches or directors will be happy to come introduce themselves to help your child feel more comfortable with the situation.
Are tryouts required if my kid is U8 or younger?
No. We do not have a set roster size for our Future Eclipse program (U6-U8), so we are able to accept all players who want to participate at this age. By signing up for tryouts in this age group, we will be able to contact you with more information about the program and inform you when it is time to register for the program.
Permission to Tryout
I, as the listed parent/guardian of the player listed on this form, give permission for my child, a minor, to participate in the tryouts for the East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club (“Eclipse”). I, on the behalf of myself and my player listed on this form, release and indemnify Eclipse, its employees and other personnel, against any claims, damages, or liabilities brought on as a result of the player’s participation in the tryouts. I also grant my authorization and consent for Eclipse personnel to administer general first aid treatment for any minor injuries or illnesses experienced by the minor. If the injury or illness is life threatening or in need of emergency treatment, I authorize the personnel
of Eclipse to summon any and all professional emergency personnel to attend, transport, and treat the participant.