VYS Travel Team Tryouts


Registration for Travel tryouts is now open.  Anyone who wants to tryout, must register.  

VYS coaches understand that tryouts can be stressful experiences and will do what they can to provide as much information as possible about the process to the players and parents. In general terms, tryouts consist of small sided games and large sided games observed by our coaching staff. Multiple coaches will observe players and use the assigned numbers to take notes and make selections.

From the Directors of Coaching, Kevin James & Michel Vanderhart

We encourage any player wishing to improve his or her soccer skills to attend the VYS travel soccer tryouts. We strive to offer players a fantastic soccer experience for the 2017/18 travel season! Playing competitive soccer is not only a lot of fun but you will develop life skills as well as lifelong friendships.

We also recognize that soccer tryouts can be one of the most difficult challenges that youth athletes can face, both physically and emotionally. We want to ensure that the players are managed appropriately during and after this process, to ensure that they remain positive, and the experience has been worthwhile.

It’s important to remember the positives in the tryout experience – and that these positives exist whether or not your young athlete makes the final cut. Tryouts are one of the many experiences in youth sports that prepare us for similar situations in our adult life, such as college applications, job interviews and more.

House Player - Travel Tryout

For House players interested in trying for VYS Travel for the 2017/18 season U10-U16 we will offer House player only tryouts on Friday nights before tryouts. House players will be evaluated by our travel coaches in a low-pressure environment to determine whether they are ready to try out for the Travel program. Players trying out will be notified within 48 hours whether they should participate in the following week’s Travel tryouts.


Tryout Schedule

Tryout Registration

How do I register?

Register in advance online

• Registration will close at noon on the first day of an age group’s tryout.

• If a player misses registering online, they may register at the field. We ask that you please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the start of tryout to complete registration.

Who will need to register?

• Current VYS players

• New players

Registration will include:

• Player’s Name

• Date of Birth

• Recent Photo

For those players currently playing for VYS:

• Current Team

• Jersey Number

• Mother, Father, or Guardian

• Email

• Phone

• Address


Please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the start of your tryout.

Please be patient when parking, as some fields have more parking than others. Your child’s safety is our number one concern. We ask that players are not dropped off. We encourage carpooling when possible.

What to bring

• Players will receive a tryout number at check-in during the first tryout. Players will keep this number through the tryout process.

• Water, Cleats, Shin guards, and a Soccer ball

What to wear

A white t-shirt, black shorts, shin guards and socks.

Playing Up Guidelines

All players will need to register based on their current birth year. Players may be asked to tryout with the age group above based on coach and technical staff evaluations. Identified players will be informed prior to tryouts commencing.

Tryout Attendance

Players should attend both tryout dates.

If you are unable to attend both tryouts, please contact the Director of Coaching for your appropriate age group:

Kevin James U9-U12: kjames@vys.org

Michel Vanderhart U13-U19: mvanderhart@vys.org

Inclement Weather Guidelines

In case of rain or lightning, please check our website at www.vys.org to see if the tryout fields are open. Decisions will be made as early as possible and be notified through appropriate channels. After 3 pm, it will be the Tryout Director in consultation with VYS staff that make the decision whether to hold the tryout.


When lightning occurs, and is seen before or during a tryout, everyone must leave the field and go to their vehicles immediately. The tryout may resume after 30 minutes since the last lightning strike. It is the Tryout Director in consultation with VYS staff to decide whether to continue or cancel the tryout after the 30 minutes.

Tryout Notification and Acceptance

Notifications will be sent 48 hours after last tryout with flexibility to extend offers before that.

Please note that if your tryout ends on a Friday, your 48-hour response period will begin on the Monday of the following week.

To accept an offer, a player has 48 hours to respond and confirm acceptance. Players will be expected to respond via registration with paid deposit in Demosphere. Deposits are non-refundable.

How much does Travel cost?

All of our fees are listed on our Travel Fees webpage.  Click here to view.

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Mailing Address: Vienna Youth Soccer, Inc. | P.O. Box 993, Vienna, VA 22183  |  Phone: 703-242-3828