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The Select program consists of the fall and spring seasons for each school year for 11U-14U. For the 15U-19U age groups the program is for Fall. Players are selected via tryouts and invitations. Tryouts are held in June for the upcoming fall and spring seasons. The coaches at tryouts are professional coaches with experience playing and coaching soccer. Once a 11U-14U player accepts a bid from Apex Soccer Academy the player is committed for both the fall and spring season.  Apex does offer winter training as well for 11U-14U teams. 

Apex Soccer Academy will evaluate players based on technical, tactical, physical and psychological attributes. 
Our Select Program provides our players with the opportunity to play at a more competitive level with professional coaching with an emphasis on overall player development.  

Apex strives to offer a quality program with a focus on player development at a reasonable price. 

Tryout Process

Team Selection Process - 2022-23

We encourage the players to attend each night if possible.  Your player will have a t-shirt with a number on the back. We will have 2-4 coaches evaluating the group depending on the number of players. Please register your player online for tryouts. 

We ask that the kids play hard and listen to the coaches and have fun. We want this to be a positive experience. They should treat it as a practice.  We will likely do less coaching than we would at a normal practice. We will have them do a variety of activities. We are evaluating four main areas:

  • Technical: dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting
  • Tactical: attacking awareness and decision making, defensive awareness and decision making
  • Physical: speed, strength, balance
  • Psychological: attitude, effort, competitiveness, response to coaching

Each night we will do some type of small sided game 3v3, 4v4 or 5v5.

We include the goalkeepers in some of the activities, but in some activities all the players will be considered field players. 11/12U is too early to focus on one position. In older age groups we will consider players specifically trying out for goalkeeper. In addition, goalkeepers need to be able to receive back passes with their feet, distribute the ball to their teammates, take their own goal kicks, etc.

After tryouts are finished the Apex Soccer Academy coaches will compile their evaluations and discuss team selection. Several alternate players may be identified. Depending on which players register for Apex Soccer Academy and the results of our evaluations at tryouts, we will look to form a team and place them at the appropriate division within Level 1 soccer under Iowa Soccer League.  Please understand some coaches are familiar with the players from running practices, observing games, and skills sessions. All of this information will be considered.

2022-23 Tryout Dates

11U-12U Boys (2012, 2011)

Tues, June 7 and Fri, June 10 

5:30-7:00 pm

11U-12U Girls (2012, 2011)

Tues, June 7 and Fri, June 10

7:00-8:30 pm

13U-15U Boys (2010, 2009, 2008 & 8th grade)

Thur, June 9 and Sun, June 12 

5:30-7:00 pm    

13U-15U Girls (2010, 2009, 2008 & 8th grade)  

Thur, June 9 and Sun, June 12

7:00-8:30 pm

15U-19U Boys (9-12th grade)

Sat, June 11  7:00-8:30 pm

Tues, June 14  7:30-9:00 pm  

15U-19U Girls (9-12th grade)

Thurs, June 16  7:30-9:00 pm

Sat, June 18  7:00-8:30 pm

All tryouts at McAninch Complex in Norwalk (200 Wright Rd., Norwalk, IA 50211)

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The Bid or Invitation Process and Alternate Selections

Based on the rules of invitations (bids) for Level 1, the bids will go out on the date set by Iowa Soccer Association (ISA).

Thur. June 16th, 2022 (11U-13U)

Thur. June 23rd, 2022 (14U-19U)

The players have 12 hours to respond. An Alternate player was evaluated and deemed to be very close to that level. If an invited player(s) elects not to accept the bid, the alternate player(s) are then offered a spot and should respond to the club within 12 hours.  All bids will be sent via the email used on the registration form.

Declination notices will be sent 2-4 days after bid date. Apex Soccer Academy will encourage players that are not selected to consider playing Level 3 soccer with their local soccer club. 

Note: While at first receiving an alternate bid may be disappointing, the tryout and evaluation process is not perfect and there is a chance that the player will still be able to play with the team. We understand players and parents need to make decisions. However, based on bid acceptance and timing, an invitation to a team could be sent 2-3 days after the initial bid date.

If you have questions regarding the bid or invitation process, please contact director of coaching, Mark Gavin.  


Fees for 2022-23 Season: 

The fee for the 11U/12U and 13U/14U age groups is $900.

This fee includes:
The Fall and Spring Regular Season
Professional Coaching
Winter Training
Specialized training for Goalkeepers
1 tournament during the fall season and 1 tournament during the spring season. 

The Fee for 15U-19U age groups is $475
This fee includes:
The Fall Regular Season
Professional Coaching
Possible Winter Training
Specialized training for Goalkeepers
1 tournament during the fall season. 

Uniforms are not included in this fee. An Adidas uniform can be ordered via Soccer Master for approximately $100. 

Ball bags and warm-up jacket and pants are optional and an additional charge.

A larger regional tournament could incur additional fees. A second tournament if agreed upon by the individual teams would incur additional fees. 

Payment plans are available. Financial Assistance and scholarships are available, please contact the club president, Tim Hugunin, for more details. 

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