JOIN EAGLECLAW FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON
TRY US OUT
Eagleclaw Football Club has a very different approach to tryouts. We put player development first and that starts with giving our youngest players (ages 6-13) the opportunity to try us out. Here we REJECT the traditional tryout model where players either make a team or are cut at these young ages. So we are inviting you to come try us out! When you register for our tryouts, your player will
have the opportunity to experience a real Eagleclaw training in our true environment. This way young players can decide whether Eagleclaw is their new club and home.
There is a real difference between talent developers and talent selectors, we are talent developers. Talent developers work with the player in front of them and
We are Talent Developers devoting
our time and attention to the development of
do the hard work of educating and training them. They craft competitive teams by devoting time and attention to the development of each player.
Talent selectors of the youngest players take short cuts, forming teams by selecting the biggest, fastest players and cutting the rest. They are not true educators. This is the approach you will see being taken by the large "big box" youth soccer clubs in our area. They simply do not have the patience, skill or motivation for long-term development of young players.
By the time players are 13-18, we feel it is appropriate for us to be more selective. At these ages, we look for players who are committed to the sport and demonstrate game intelligence, awareness of space on the field and a good level of technique for passing, receiving and moving without the ball.
Selection to our Valencia Discovery Program (VDP) teams is reserved for our best performing players. VDP teams can be formed for teams at 2008-2003 birth years. In ordinary circumstances, coaches and scouts from Valencia CF travel to Seattle to select the players for our VDP teams. This year, the coaches and scouts will not be able to travel from Spain to Seattle so selection to VDP teams will be done on an individual basis. If our coaches believe a player has the abilities to compete on a VDP team, we will speak with the player and then have discussions with our colleagues in Spain before offering a spot on a VDP team.
SELECTION AND REGISTRATIOn
We will begin selecting players on the first day of tryouts. It is important that players attend the earliest tryout date possible as we will be filling roster spots starting on day one. Player selections will continue on each day of an age group's tryouts until team formation is complete.
Dates and times for Team Orientation Meetings will be announced on this webpage, so keep watching this space.
Selected players will receive an Invitation Email. To accept the invitation, players must immediately register with the club following the instructions in the email.
If a player does not register within 24 hours of receiving their invitation, we cannot hold their roster spot and it will be offered to the next ranked player.
If you are selected, we expect you to continue attending tryouts as it represents the beginning of your training with Eagleclaw FC.
VDP Tryouts are conducted by VDP Technical Manager Toni Navarro and Manuel Ruz, Scout for Valencia CF's 1st team and reserve team. Navarro and Ruz will travel from Spain to Seattle for tryouts. Both Manuel and Toni will be assisted by Eagleclaw FC coaches. It is important to note that neither coach Manuel and coach Toni will be able to travel to Seattle for VDP tryouts in May 2021 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Eagleclaw coaches will judge if a player has the appropriate level of abilities for a VDP team. If a player stands out their information will be forwarded to Coach Navarro for further evaluation in which case player interviews may be required prior to selection to a VDP team.
Ambitious players (Boys/Girls 2007-2003) interested in the Valencia Discovery Program that wish to be considered for a position on a VDP team should register for tryouts and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with your full name, date of birth, current club and team, your previous clubs and teams over the past 3 years. If able, you should attach match and highlight video of recent games.