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Tryouts

New River United Tryout Dates Announced!

2021-22 Season

Please see the NRU's current tryout policy attached here

The tryout dates will be: (Players are encouraged to attend all tryout dates for their age group.)

The tryout dates will be: (Players are encouraged to attend all tryout dates for their age group.)
2011, 2010, & 2009 Boys & Girls – May 10, May 12, & May 13 *(All sessions 5:15-6:45 pm @ Virginia Tech Rec Sports Turf)
2008 & 2007 Boys and Girls – May 10, May 12, & May 13 *(All sessions 7-8:30pm @ VTRST)
2003/04, 2005, & 2006 Boys & Girls – May 2 & May 8 *(All sessions 5:30-7pm @ VTRST)
2006 Boys & Girls—May 10* (Session 7-8:30pm)
*Please note that due to weather or number of players, one additional tryout day maybe added.


Tryout Process


For each age group and gender, there will be a committee comprised of 2-4 coaches depending on number of registered players for the tryout.  The coaches will consist of either Steve Oakey (Technical Director) or Leslie Fitzpatrick (Executive Director), the coach of the team (if determined by then), and at least one other coach from the NRU staff or local collegiate programs (VT assistants, Radford assistants, etc.).  Tryouts will consist of a technical aspect of the game, followed by a lot of small-sided games, and finished with a larger match like setting (as close to the proper full-sided match for that age group). Coaches will be using an evaluation document, which will be reviewed for a total evaluation by the Technical Director. After each session, the committee will meet to rank players as they saw it based on that day and to prepare for the following tryout.


Team Selection


At the end of the tryout process, the committee will meet one final time to discuss player placement to teams. U16-U19 players will be informed of their team placement within a week after their last tryout date. They will have a week from this date to make a decision and submit a down payment for registration. All U11-U15 players trying out will be notified of their team placement via email on May 31 and have until June 7 to make a decision and submit a down payment for registration.
If you have any questions with regards to the tryouts, please contact Steve Oakey at td@nrusa.org or soakey77@hotmail.com.