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2024-25 TRYOUT REGISTRATION

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2024 - 2025 TRYOUTS

Below are upcoming dates for the 2024-25 season.  We are excited to be moving back into the Ncino Sports Park in the fall where all of our programs will be held.  Director/Leadership contact information is also included below.

Registration information will follow shortly.  Until then, save the dates and check the web site and social media for updates.

U7-U10 (2018-2015 birth years): Academy BOYS AND GIRLS:

May 7th, May 9th, May 14th, May 16th - Our youngest age groups will formally finish their season May 4/5th weekend. The next two Tuesday and Thursday practices will serve as the tryout/open house for these age groups. Same time slots, same location. Families will need to re-register for these 2 weeks when registration is released.

Alderman Elementary School Field - 5pm - 6:30pm

Academy Director: Ryan Penton (ryan@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com), Kyle Hussey (kyle@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)
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U11/U12 (2014 - 2013 birth years): Boys and Girls:

Tuesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 23rd: These tryouts will follow our Seaside Classic weekend (May 18th/19th). They will be held at Eaton/Ogden Park with times and field assignments to follow.

2014 Age group:
5:30 - 7pm (Boys @ Eaton fields, Girls @ fenced-in Ogden fields)
2013 Age group:
7:00 - 8:30 (Boys @ Eaton fields, Girls @ fenced-in Ogden fields)

U11/12 Director: Chris Brewer (Chad Medcalfe - Girls): chris@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com

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U13, U14, U15 (2012, 2011, 2010 Birth Years): GIRLS

Wednesday, May 1st / Wednesday, May 8th / Wednesday, May 15th - These tryouts will be held during the first 3 Wednesdays of May. They are scheduled to be held at Hoggard HS. ECNL and NCYSA teams will be built for these age groups during these dates.

6:15-7:45 at Hoggard High School

ECNL Girls Director: Will Heaney (will@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)

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U13, U14 (2012, 2011): BOYS

Tuesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 23rd: Northern Regional Park. These tryouts will follow our Seaside Classic weekend. ECNL and NCYSA teams will be built through these tryouts.

2012 Age Group: 5:30 - 7:00pm
2011 Age Group: 7:00-8:30pm

ECNL Boys Director: Alex Nelson (alex@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)

Scouting Director: Dave Martin (dave@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)

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U16, U17, U19 (2009, 2008, 2007/2006): GIRLS

Sunday April 21st, Sunday April 28th: Held on Sunday afternoons to avoid girls high school soccer conflicts, these tryouts will take place at North Regional Park. Times will be announced next week.

Sunday, April 21st - 4:30 - North Regional Soccer Park
Sunday, April 28th - 5pm - Hoggard HS

ECNL Girls Director: Will Heaney (will@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)

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U15, U16, U17, U19 (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007/06): BOYS

Tuesday, April 30th - Tuesday, May 7th - Tuesday, May 14th: Held during planned practice times, these player evaluations will be at North Regional Park. All current NCYSA and ECNL teams in these age groups will participate.

2009 and 2007 Age Groups: 5:30-7:00pm
2010 and 2008 Age Groups: 7:00-8:30pm

ECNL Boys Director: Alex Nelson (alex@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)

Scouting Director: Dave Martin (dave@wilmingtonhammerheadsyouth.com)

Additional Tryout Details

WHYFC, in compliance with the U.S. Soccer Federation, build all of our teams and programming around calendar year age groups.  Each player trying out for WHYFC will tryout based on the year in which they were born.  The teams are also calendar year age group teams.

Tryouts occur over the course of two days.  Prior to the tryout, our coaching assignments for each team that the club intends to field for the upcoming season are announced, allowing parents and players to know who the coaches in the age group are. 

Tryouts are always scrutinized and results are will always be challenged.  WHYFC recognizes this and will always create a tryout structure and curriculum that is fair, unbiased, and gives every player trying out the opportunity to be evaluated.  At the conclusion of these tryouts, WHYFC will have notes on every player and will be able to discuss the results with any parent or player.  Though we will have notes on each player, WHYFC will not give or have formal evaluations from the tryout period.  Formal evaluations take time away from the coach’s opportunity to evaluate the players.

Each tryout day will have a focus on the evaluation of technical skills through passing and dribbling exercises followed by a game format allowing players to be evaluated and compared to other players in the age group. 

  • Day 1 of the tryout will focus on small-sided (3 vs. 3 and 4 vs. 4 games)
  • Day 2 of the tryout will increase field size and players on the field, and incorporate goalkeepers (At the end of each day of tryouts, the entire WHYFC staff comes to the office to discuss the players and build the teams.  The amount of work and time put into the tryouts is necessary to get the players placed and to stand behind the decision that are made.

The results of the tryouts will be placed on the web site within an appropriate amount of time.   Individual players will then receive an email inviting the players to accept or decline their position on the team.  This invitation will also have a deadline that will be determined at a later date.  The Following week, after the invitations and the acceptances, the club holds an informal practice where the players from each team officially meet their coach, the coach speaks to the parent group and the team enjoys a first practice together.

Practices for all teams officially start in the middle of August with games beginning in early September.