Tryout FAQs

Tryout FAQs

How much is the tryout fee?

The fee is $30 per player

Is the tryout fee refundable?

No, this is non-refundable

What does the tryout fee cover?

The fee covers the costs of facilities, evaluators, sports medicine, administration, and tryout shirt.

Can parents stay and watch tryouts?

We ask that parents check in their son/daughter and leave.  Having parents on the touchline during tryouts creates unnecessary pressure and hinders player performance.

What if my child is going to miss tryouts but still wants to play with Manitou F.C.?

You should register for tryouts.  Within the registration, there is a question about attending.  Please explain in the comment section why you will not be attending.  We cannot place you on a team unless we have received your tryout registration.

What should I wear to their tryouts?

Most important is the ‘Player ID Number’ given to you at check-in.  Also, you should dress appropriately by wearing shorts, shirt, soccer socks, and shin guards.

What happens following tryouts?

Following the final tryout, Manitou FC staff and evaluators meet to discuss players and finalize age group rosters.  Rosters are then submitted to our club administrator who then sends a personal registration link via email to each player.  Families have 48 hours to accept or decline a roster spot after the registration has been sent out.

Can my son/daughter play up an age group?

To tryout in an older age group, you will need the approval of our Sporting Director.  Prior to tryouts, please send an email to sportingdirector@manitoufc.org explaining your request.  Requests should be sent when registering for try-outs.

GK Questions?

Information about the process to fill the position of GK’s on all age group teams.  Please note that GK’s have a separate session during tryouts in addition to the team times. 

  • U9/U10:  All players in these two age groups will rotate through positions, including Goalkeeper. Players who have an interest in playing goal should also indicate this on their tryout registration form.
  • U11/U12:  Players interested in playing in goal should try out in their age group GK tryouts.  Players may request to play both as a field player and a goalkeeper in these ages.  Orange level team players may desire to play only in goal.
  • U13 & Older:  Teams at U13 and older will roster a full-time dedicated GK.  Goalkeepers trying out must participate in scheduled team tryouts for their age group and in the accompanying GK sessions.  If a scheduling conflict exists between a team and goalkeeper session, please report to the GK session.

What is Future Manitous?

Specific information about Future Manitous linked here

My child is a multi-sport athlete – can they still play soccer?

Manitou FC works with athletes who play multiple sports.  The process for managing this is determined on an individual basis depending upon each athlete’s commitments.  We also work with each team coach to manage this on a team-by-team basis as well. 

What leagues will you play in?

TCSL – NPL, National, Regional, State or Cities; MYSA – League 1

How many players will you pick for my child’s team?

Teams may roster the following number of players within these age groups:

U9-U10 (Minimum 10 – Maximum 12) 

U11-U12 (Minimum 12 – Maximum 16)

U13-19 (Minimum 14 – Maximum 18)

Will my son/daughter have a spot on a Manitou FC team regardless of the tryout?

Yes, we guarantee each participant trying out a roster spot on either an Orange or Black level team.  We offer every player an opportunity to play soccer for Manitou FC.  Orange teams represent Manitou FC at the highest levels of competition.

When will the season start?

The 2022-2023 season begins practice the second week of August 2022.  The exact date will be communicated by your team coach.

I’m interested in playing in college.  Does Manitou FC help me with the recruiting?

Yes, we do.  We have put together a college placement presentation explaining the recruitment process for all members of Manitou FC.  In addition, we designate a staff member as our college recruiting coordinator.  This individual is available to answer any question you may have. 

Are payment plans available?

Yes, every player/family can either pay in full or select a payment plan option during registration that suits them best.

I received financial assistance last season.  Will I need re-apply? 

Yes.  All recipients, new and returning, must apply for financial assistance each season. A copy of your most recent income tax return must accompany your application for assistance. 

How is the purchase of team uniforms handled?

A link to the BSN Uniform Store is provided to each player/family as part of the registration process.  The store is open for a limited time during the registration period for families to place uniform and apparel orders. 

How does the coach or club communicate to players and families?

A TeamSnap account if provided to each family/player.  Every player is invited to join the team they are playing for.  This online app is a secure communication program that we have used for several years without any problems.

Where do teams train or play?

Our team’s train and play at various locations.  These sites are:  Polar Lake Park, Hanifl Soccer Complex, TCO Garden, Kohler Fields, WBL High School, Northwestern College,

Sanneh Foundation Fields.  Sites for team training and games are constantly updates on the TeamSnap account.

Where do teams train in the winter?

Our teams train mostly at the TCO Sports Garden in Vadnais Heights.  However, based on the number of games scheduled during the winter we will utilize other indoor facilities within the metro areas as needed.

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