Bow Soccer Club Tryout Process for Fall 2021:
Tryout Registration Link: REGISTRATION
The Bow Soccer Club will hold its annual tryouts for the Fall 2021 season and selected teams will compete at the U9, U10, U11, and U12 levels in either Division 1 or 2 of the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL). All tryouts will be held at Fieldhouse Sports (12 Tallwood Dr) in Bow NH. There is no fee to register and participate in tryouts. This year will be slightly different than years past as we are inviting everyone who is interested in playing soccer in the fall to attend these tryouts whether your athlete has historically played Bow Soccer Club or BAC soccer. This tryout is to evaluate the skill set of all players to help make the best-combined soccer experience for the Bow Soccer programs.
Tryouts will be held for both Girls and Boys U9 thru U12 teams for the following age levels on the dates listed below:
Monday May 24 and Tuesday May 25:
· U9 Boys/Girls - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
· U10 Boys/Girls - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday June 7 and Tuesday June 8:
· U11 Boys/Girls - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
· U12 Boys/Girls - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
In order to be selected for a Bow Soccer Club team, players must attend at least one of the tryout sessions. Players are welcome to attend both tryout sessions if they wish, but it is not necessary. Please arrive to Fieldhouse Sports at least 15 minutes prior to your tryout session to give time to check in and pin on numbers. We hope to see you at one of the tryout sessions. Anyone attending Fieldhouse for the tryout should wear a mask while in the facility. Players, while participating in tryouts, do not need to have a mask on. Remember, no cleats at Fieldhouse Sports. Indoor soccer shoes or even plain old sneakers will do the trick. Players should wear shin guards and bring their own water.
Important – U13 and above age levels: The Bow Soccer Club will have U13 and above age level teams this fall where there is enough interest. However, tryouts for those age levels will be done independently by the U13 and above age level coaches at a later time. IMPORTANT: If you are interested in playing at the U13 (born in 2009) or U14 (born in 2008) age levels this fall, you must still register for tryouts. A Bow Soccer Club coach will reach out to you at a later time regarding separate tryouts for these age levels.
Age Levels Explained: Here is a chart that explains age levels in youth soccer. This can be confusing. In a nutshell, anyone trying out on a Fall U12 team (U12 literally means “12 and under”) in calendar year 2021, would have a birth year of 2010. Likewise, U11 would be anyone born in 2011, U10’s would be born in 2012, and U9’s born in 2013. Note: If your son/daughter is born after 2013 (i.e. born in 2014), they would be a U8 player but still welcome to try out for the U9 age level Bow Soccer Club team.
Is Bow Soccer Club right for my child? Isn’t there youth soccer offered in the fall through Bow Athletic Club (BAC)?
These are two very good questions that can be confusing. Typically, in the youth soccer landscape, The Bow Soccer Club is what is referred to as “town travel” soccer. Bow Soccer Club teams are generally geared toward the more competitive minded player that may want more than a Recreation (i.e. “Rec”) level team. Bow Soccer Club teams participate in the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL) and are generally placed in more competitive divisions (division 1 or 2 level) within the NHSL. Bow Soccer Club teams start at the U9 level (7v7), and offer the opportunity to also play in a NHSL spring session in addition to the fall season. Bow Soccer Club does not have any teams at U8 and below. U9 and U10 levels play 7v7 on a small-sided field. U11 and U12 levels play 9v9 on a slightly bigger field than 7v7. U13 and above play on a full size 11v11 field.
BAC also offers soccer in the fall only (no spring sessions) but it’s a little different than Bow Soccer Club. At 1st and 2nd grade levels (which is equivalent to U7 and U8 depending on year of birth), teams play on a smaller size field. These age groups play local (Bow vs. Bow) games. Additionally, BAC offers Rec level youth teams U9 and above that participate in the NHSL, but at the division 3 level. BAC teams will not hold tryouts as these are Rec level teams (i.e. no players are cut). BAC fall soccer registrations usually open at the end of May and remain open for the duration of the summer until the registration closes just prior to the end of August. In summary, Bow Soccer Club (competitive town travel) and Bow Athletic Club (recreation level soccer) are two different soccer clubs we have in our community.
If you are still unsure whether your child would want to play on a Bow Soccer Club town travel team, do not hesitate to register for the tryout, even if you might be confused by the age/year of birth rules. As was said earlier, there is no cost to try out and tryouts are an opportunity to see if it’s a good fit. Our goal as separate but cohesive organizations is to provide the best soccer experience for every athlete playing on our teams and to increase their skillset and love for the game. If Bow Soccer Club isn’t for your child, there will always be the opportunity to play on a Bow Athletic Club (BAC) soccer team in the fall.
The link to register for Bow Soccer Club tryouts is here: REGISTRATION If you have previously registered for a Bow Soccer Club or BAC soccer team via GotSport, please use your existing login to register for tryouts. If you run into trouble, feel free to reach out to Bow Soccer Club’s Registrar, Rob Lougee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose not to try out for a Bow Soccer Club team, or you do try out for a Bow Soccer Club team and are not selected, you will be able to play on a fall soccer team with BAC. Registrations for BAC soccer teams will come out later this month, and remain open for the duration of summer.