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Shenandoah FC Elite

Tryout FAQ's

Tryout Q&A

1.  When are your tryouts?
Shenandoah FC Elite's tryouts are a five-day event. Tryout dates have been established for all age groups/birth years, specific times still to be announced for those tryouts occurring in May. All tryouts will be held at Chet Hobert Park, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA 22611.
2.  What is included in the club fees?
The club fees include the following; coaching fees, referee fees, affiliation fees, state cup entry fee, insurance, administrative fees and field rentals.  Club fees are payable over a set payment term to help families budget throughout the year.
Our uniform supplier is Sterling Soccer. Cost of the uniform is a player’s family expense and responsibility.  Uniforms are purchased every two years, 2020 is a NOT purchase year..  
Traveling and additional team fees are determined based on the tournaments and or events the coach chooses for the team to attend. Our highest travel teams and do attend multiple tournaments in/out of state which can include airfare. Coaches typically will hold a meeting within two weeks of team formation to review the tournament/event schedule and provide estimated team expenses.
3.  How does your club compare with other clubs in the area?
Shenandoah FC Elite teams play at the most competitive level that the tri-state area has to offer. We also have teams that participate in regional competitions and our U11 and above teams compete on a national platform in the NCSL league.  Shenandoah FC Elite has a very highly talented coaching staff and continues to attract the best coaches in the area.  Our partnership with Shenandoah University and The Sportsplex Indoor Sports and Events Center outstanding fields for games and practices and is easily accessible from 81.  Our club fees are very competitive with other Premier clubs in northern Virginia.  

4.  Where are practices held?
All practices are held at Shenandoah University located in Winchester, VA.  During inclement weather and during the winter months, we have additional turf fields to support the practice schedule located at The Sportsplex Indoor Sports and Events Center located at 221 Commonwealth Court, Winchester, VA 22601.
5.  How often do premier teams practice?
SFC Elite teams practice 2/3 days a week, unless the coach feels more time or downtime is warranted based on tournament play etc. 
6.  Is a schedule of tournaments/games available before accepting a roster spot on a team?
The coach should have an idea of what tournaments the team will be entering, however, there may be some tournaments that have not established or announced their dates, especially those events in calendar year 2020-2021.
7.  If a player has prior commitments (e.g family event or special interest camp) in the summer is he/she allowed to miss games or practices? 
SFC Elite understands that players may have other commitments beyond soccer.  We encourage players to talk to their coach and go over any conflicts as soon as possible. If the team roster has 18 or fewer players, players are still responsible for team expenses incurred at events that the team participates in and the player does not because of other commitments.  
8. How far do team’s travel?
Travel will be based on the other teams in the division that your child’s team is placed in.  Division placement does not take place until after all tryouts are completed and is released with the schedule at the end the summer.
9.  Is it possible to be a practice only player?
 Shenandoah FC Elite will allow, “Practice only Players”.  Each situation is looked at on an individual basis and the final decision is at the discretion of the Executive Director with feedback from the team coach.