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Competitive Program FAQs

What if I tryout for the Competitive Program and don't get selected?

Player evaluations will be forwarded to the ABYSA Academy for 11U/12U OR Intermediate division for 13U - 15U. Players will then be contacted by the directors of those programs and may be asked to attend to an Academy Evaluation OR HFC Intermediate tryout following the conclusion of Competitive tryouts. Some players will be offered positions in the those  programs based upon their performance in Competitive tryouts; however, participation in Competitive tryouts does not guarantee a player a position in the either the Academy or Intermediate program. Ages 15U thru 19U may be invited to become a training player at the conclusion of tryouts.

When will I be notified?

Following the final tryout date, coaches will decide which players will be offered positions on which teams. In the event that there are still decisions to make, coaches may have an additional tryout in the age group. We will do our best to notify players within 7 days after the last tryout in their age group.

How long do I have before I need to accept an offered position? What if I am uncertain?

You have 48 hours to accept your position using the online link. If a position is not accepted within 48 hours, it may be offered to another player.

If you are undecided about accepting an HFC position, please mark that box on the registration form and provide a brief explanation of the reasons for your uncertainty. An HFC Director will contact you to discuss your concerns so that teams may be formed as quickly as possible following the tryouts. In the event that you choose not to accept an offered position, we need to know within the 48 hour period following the offer so that the position can be offered to another qualified player.

How are teams in the older boys (15U - 19U) age groups selected?

Players in these age groups are trying out in May for a team that will not compete until at least December. Much development can occur over the course of those 6 months, and it is important that all players are given the best opportunity to make an HFC team. Positions that are offered after the May tryouts can be altered in the November supplemental tryout. We understand that development varies for every single player, therefore, another evaluation in November will dictate final team placements for the Spring season. Tryout will proceed following high-school playoffs. 

Boys | What is the difference between Pre-ECNL, ECNL RL, Premier, Classic 1-3 teams?

The team names in the boys program represent the division in which that specific team will compete in. For example, if your team competes within ECNL RL, you will be; 2010 ECNL RL. IF your team was competing in NCYSA West 1 Division, you will be; 2010 Classic 1. 

The ECNL RL team is the first team in an age group, U13 and older (U11 & U12, is Pre-ECNL). The Premier or Classic teams are composed of Competitive (Classic) level soccer players who are committed to improving and competing at the Competitive (Classic) level but who are not at the level of the first team currently.

Girls | What is the difference between Red, White, Black, and Silver teams?

The color designation for team names was chosen to give teams singular identities in the girls program. Red, White, Black and Silver are the official colors of the HFC competitive programs. 

The Red team is the first team in an age group. The White, Black, and Silver teams are composed of Competitive (Classic) level soccer players who are committed to improving and competing at the Competitive (Classic) level but who are not at the level of the first team currently.

Who will be the team coach? When will I know?

We always hope to be able to name team coaches around tryouts, but that is not always possible for every team. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of coaching to the players in the Western North Carolina area. Sometimes highly qualified coaches who want to be involved with our program have other professional obligations or schedule conflicts which cannot be sorted out until after tryouts are completed. In such cases, there may be a delay in naming the coach, but teams will know about their coach by the time training begins in mid-July.

What if I can't make all days of tryouts?

If players are not able to attend all days of tryouts, coaches will have limited time to evaluate them for a position. If coaches feel that further evaluation is required before making a decision, players may be invited back for another tryout or even asked to train with a team for a couple of sessions prior to deciding if a roster position will be offered.

Can I play up an age group?

All players should plan to tryout in their correct birth year unless approved by the Program Directors. Players will only be assigned to an older age group team for player development reasons, not for convenience, and these are rare exceptions. Please contact your Program Director for further questions.

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Contact Us

HFC Boys Competitive Program Director of Coaching & Player Development
Matt Barry
[email protected]

HFC Boys Competitive Program Assistant Director
Nathan Watt
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HFC Girls Competitive Program Director of Coaching & Player Development
Kate Hammes
[email protected]

HFC Girls Competitive Program Assistant Director
Jacob Landry
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Competitive Program Info

Click here for a detailed overview of our Competitive Program

Cost of Competitive

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Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

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