WCSA Tryout FAQ's

What should my child bring to tryouts?

Each player should bring their own water, shin guards, and a ball that has their name clearly marked on it.


What are the volunteer requirements?

Warren County Soccer Academy is a volunteer run organization. Our biggest fundraiser as a club is our annual tournament, the Cincy Challenge. The tournament is typically held around Columbus Day weekend in October. During that weekend, every team will be assigned a job to do with shifts that must be filled by the team parents, family members or friends. Each family U8-U15 is required to volunteer a minimum of 5 hours that weekend (normally 2 shifts). High school families are required to volunteer 2 ½ hours (1 shift) at either the Cincy Challenge or the WCSA Invitational (May). The success of the tournament depends upon the volunteer commitments of our families.   The money made from the tournament directly benefits each player by offsetting club fees. In addition to the tournaments, each team requires a team administrator and possibly an assistant coach for the year. 


What is the typical length of each season, and what do practices and games look like?

All teams conduct practice 2-3 nights per week, depending on the age group and competitive level. Most teams will do a minimum of two tournaments per season, usually in the Cincinnati or Dayton areas (higher competitive teams require more travel).  Teams participate in area leagues that schedule 6-9 games per season, depending on the league.

For U8-U14 age groups, the Fall Season begins the soccer year and runs from August - early November.  Most teams conduct Winter indoor training January - March.  The Spring Season begins in March and ends with tryouts in June. 

U15-U19 age groups begin in November (due to high school soccer) and play league and college showcase matches through June.  Teams will conduct Winter indoor training January - March, however many will be competing during those months, as well. 


Where is WCSA located?

WCSA teams hold their practices and home games at: 

Lebanon Sports Complex:  900 McClure Road, Lebanon, OH 45036

Hoffman Reserve at PAP:  7266 OH-48, Springboro, OH 45066

Lebanon Countryside YMCA:  1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, OH 45036

Most home games are played at Lebanon Sports Complex.  Away game locations depend on the league in which a team plays, however most are in the Cincinnati / Dayton area.  Higher level teams travel longer distances as required by their league.  More information on game locations can be provided by the coach who invites your son or daughter to join a team.


How are the teams coached?

All Warren County Soccer Academy teams are professionally coached and trained by qualified, licensed men and women who have all passed background checks and completed concussion training for athletics.  WCSA coaches are assigned teams prior to tryouts, conduct training sessions 2-3 times per week and attend all team league and tournament games.  Our professional staff includes former professional and international players, US Soccer National A, B, C, D & E licensed coaches, as well as a UEFA-licensed coach.


What is the Junior Academy?

The youngest players, ages 4 – 8 are invited to be a part of the WC Junior Academy Program. The Junior Academy is a youth developmental program with an emphasis on developing young soccer players’ technical skills and their enjoyment of the game. Junior Academy is open enrollment and does not have tryouts. Junior Academy is held at two locations: McClure Soccer Fields (Lebanon Sports Complex) and the Lebanon Countryside YMCA. See the Junior Academy tab under Programs on our website for more details.


What is the history of WCSA?

Warren County Soccer Club was formally established in 1990 and was renamed Warren County Soccer Academy to reflect the club’s renewed focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a player centered environment.

WCSA currently has approximately 60 teams and 700 players at varying skill levels, ages 4 – 18. We are committed to developing players of all backgrounds and talent levels. Players at all levels will learn from experienced coaches and trainers to develop their individual and team skills.


What if I have additional questions?

Club representatives will be available during the tryout sessions to answer any questions you have regarding the Club and the tryout process. If you have questions following tryouts, contact the person whom made your child an offer or contact Lori Howard at admin@wcsoccerclub.com.


What does it cost to play?

The total cost will vary by team with the higher, professionally coached and older teams tending to cost more due to additional practice nights, travel, and turf rentals. You should receive more details on the cost at the time of acceptance. Some financial assistance is available. Check our website for more information. We also promote different fundraising activities to help offset some of the cost associated with our teams.


How does the offer process and notification process work?

Notifications will begin in your child’s age group after completion of the last tryout session for their age group. In age groups with large numbers of players, the notification process can take several days. Official offers will be sent via e-mail to register and reserve their spot with a deposit.

When you accept your child’s spot on their team, you will be required to make a nonrefundable $200 deposit which will be applied to your club fees for the year. This deposit and acceptance must be made on your online account within 24 hours of receiving your offer or the offer may be withdrawn.


How does the evaluation process work?

While not required, we ask that your child attend both tryout sessions so the trainers and coaches can get as much opportunity as possible to see them in action. If for some reason you cannot attend one or both of the sessions please contact Lori Howard at admin@wcsoccerclub.com

During tryouts your child will be evaluated by our professional coaches and trainers. Each child will be given tryouts jersey to identify them to staff. Current players are evaluated primarily on their performance throughout the year as more attention is focused on new players who are unknown to the staff. Returning players are not guaranteed a spot each year.

At the conclusion of tryouts, a meeting is held between our professional staff and coaches to discuss proper placement for each child. Players are assigned to a team based on their skill level until all the possible roster spots are filled. We strive to form as many teams as we can. However, sometimes we are not able to place everyone on a team. In these cases, we encourage you to have your child keep working and check the website often for openings.


Where can a parent watch the tryouts from?

We ask that parents keep a reasonable distance from the fields and refrain from interacting with the players while they are trying out.  Signs will be posted designating the viewing area. Be mindful that we share McClure with other organizations and ask that everyone be courteous to other organizations.


What is the process if there is severe weather at tryouts?

If there is inclement weather (lightning, flooding) we will return the players to their family’s vehicle. If bad weather is predicted we ask that you remain at the park for the duration of the tryout. The check-in will be located at the front of Lebanon Sports Complex, 900 McClure Road, Lebanon, OH.  Look for the WCSA pop up tents.