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Check out the boys soccer website for full information.


Tryout and general information

Washburn soccer is a program that has great interest and support. The number of players who have an interest in being a Miller soccer player has grown tremendously the last few years.

Based on our tryout numbers, some players may not be placed on a team. Our program can only sustain about 72 (maybe 90) players (4 or 5 teams of 18). We will probably have well over 100 players tryout. Some players may not be placed on a team due to those constraints.

2016 TEAMS

  • Varsity. This is the top level team regardless of grade. Team is highly competitive and will be between 16 and 18 players.
  • JV. This will be the second-most skilled team and will be open to players in grades 9 through 11. This team will have up to 18 players.
  • B Squad. This team will be made up of grade 9th and 10th grade players and will be our third-most skilled team. This team will have up to 18 players
  • C Squad. This team will be primarily grade 9 players. The team will have between 18-20 players.
  • 9B- This will be a team of ninth graders. Provided we find a coach and field space to play, this team will have up to 20 players.

Teams will be determined at the end of our tryout week (August 15-19). Placement of teams will not be absolute, if a player does well on a team our coaching staff communicates and we try and adjust player placement as the season progresses.


The week will be broken up into two player pools (Pool A and Pool B). Players will be notified which pool they will train with the first day of tryouts. Pool A is reserved for returning players that are initially vying for a varsity spot or who are new to the program and come with a club soccer coach’s recommendation of their ability. Team decisions will be made on Wednesday/Thursday for varsity and Friday for other teams.


Players will be assessed on the following criteria (not in rank order):

  1. Technical ability: skill with the ball, mastery of skills in all aspects of the game
  2. Tactical ability: awareness of situation, understanding of the game
  3. Physical component: speed of play, effort, strength
  4. Mental: knowledge of game, reaction to adversity and positivity, communication with others
  5. Testing criteria data: testing done day 1 of Pool B tryouts. See criteria data below
  6. Coaching staff discretion on player placement.


Pool A

Day Times Locations
Monday 8:00-9:30am
Pearl Park
Washburn Stadium
Tuesday 7:30-9:00am
Washburn Stadium
Wednesday 7:30-9:00am
Washburn Stadium
Thursday 7:30-9:00am
Washburn Stadium
Friday Team Selection Varsity team retreat

Pool B

Day Time Location
Monday 8:00-11:30am Pearl Park
Tuesday 8:30-11:30am Pearl Park
Wednesday 8:30-11:30am Pearl Park
Thursday 8:30-11:30am Pearl Park
Friday 8:30-11:30am Pearl Park

Pool B Testing Criteria for Day 1

  1. 40 yard dash time: 2 runs, take the faster time
  2. Figure 8 dribble: 2 cones 5 yards apart, dribble around them and through to make a figure 8. Each time you go across middle will count as 1 point. 30 seconds timed
  3. 5 lap run: timed run around perimeter of a field
  4. Cone shooting drill: Cones placed a 10, 15, and 20 yards from goal. Set of balls at each one, you will have 30 seconds to score as many goals in the outer thirds of the goal. Need to shoot 1 from each cone distance then repeat as much as you can.
  5. Trapping drill: Perform a series of receiving drills that will give you a score based on your performance.


We’ve already posted basic information about this year’s soccer tryouts, including links to forms you will need to complete before tryouts or practice. As fall soccer tryouts begin, we thought parents and players would like more information about how Washburn boys soccer tryouts work and what to expect. We talked with Varsity Head Coach Aaron Percy about the process and the basics of upcoming tryouts.

How Many Washburn Soccer Teams are There?

There are five Washburn High School boys soccer teams: varsity, junior varsity, B Squad, C Squad, and 9B. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, however, play on the junior varsity and B Squad teams, while primarily freshmen and a few sophomores play on the C Squad/9B teams.

How Many Kids are Trying Out?

It’s hard to predict accurately, as tryouts are open to anyone eligible to play high school sports. Last year (2015), 110 kids tried out for 80 spots on four teams. We expect at least the same number of kids—if not more—to try out this year.

Is it Possible I Won’t Make a Team?

Yes. Due to the strength and quality of the Washburn soccer program, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to make a team. After tryouts last year in 2015, 30 players did not make one of the four teams, the first time in years that any cuts had to be made during tryouts. We expect this year again to have more demand for spots than are available. Unfortunately, that means not every player who tries out will make a team. The Minneapolis Park board has added rec soccer for high school and a number of players have played there for fun and or improving their play for the upcoming year.

Is there a Cost to Participate?

Yes. The Minneapolis Public Schools charges a sports registration fee for fall sports, including soccer, which is $70.00. This fee should be paid prior to tryouts and it is typically paid at Sports Registration Night, which this year is August 3 in Washburn’s main gym. In addition, the Washburn Boys Soccer Boosters asks all players to contribute $100 to the booster club so that it can fulfill its mission of providing funding to the soccer program. This is a suggested contribution—no one will be prevented from playing on a team if they do not contribute to the booster club. But, because player contributions help fund the Washburn soccer program, particularly the coaches and the B, C, and 9B teams, we ask that all players contribute to the soccer boosters. Players’ parents will be contacted after tryouts with more information about the booster club.

I’m an Entering Freshman. Can I Be Considered for the Varsity Team?

In rare situations an incoming ninth grader may be considered for the varsity team. Varsity Head Coach Percy needs a club coach recommendation for the player to participate in Pool A tryouts. Ninth graders will typically participate in Pool B during the tryout week.

I’m a Goalkeeper and a Field Player. How Do I Try Out for Goalie? Can I Also Be Considered for a Field Position?

We will have a goalkeeper coach who will work with goalies during the tryouts and get an assessment of where each goalie fits team wise. If we have extra goalies the younger teams will possibly carry 2 goalies and they would split time by half or game. Players interested in playing both goalie and field should communicate that during tryouts and our coaching staff will try and look at both positions.

How Are Team Selections Made?

Please refer to Team Structure/Criteria information posted on the website regarding player selection.

What Are the Differences Between A and B Tryout Pools?

Pool A tryouts are designed for upperclassmen and potential varsity players. Pool B is primarily designed for incoming players and players who are not quite ready for the varsity level pool. The coaching staff determines the pools, and players are assigned to the A or B Pool when they check in for tryouts on the first day (August 15th). Having said that, we do have movement between Pool B and Pool A each year during tryouts.

I’ll Be a Senior in the Fall. Is My Only Option to Make the Varsity Team?

As we are a program that has grown by leaps and bounds the past few years, we have had to make some difficult decisions regarding players. One of those is a policy that states we don’t want seniors to play on JV, as it is seen as a development team for Varsity. As a senior who wants to be connected to the program in some capacity, we want to try and provide that opportunity and would love to have team managers, video camera operators, etc.

How Many Players Are on the Rosters for Each Team?

As a general rule, there are a maximum of 20 players for each team. This number will generally be lower, and most teams will have 17-18 players on the roster.

I Had a Physical Last Year for Washburn Sports. Do I Need Another One This Year?

No. As long as you had a physical exam in the last three years and it is on file with the Washburn Athletic Department, you do not need to complete another physical exam. You will, however, still need to complete the Minnesota State High School League Annual Sports Health Questionnaire and submit it to Washburn. This form is available on the Washburn Soccer website as part of the MSHSL Eligibility Brochure.

How Long is the High School Soccer Season?

Beginning with tryouts, the season for most teams is from mid-August through the first week of October. The varsity team, however, will typically participate in post-season sectional playoffs and the state tournament, which could last until the end of October. For all other teams, the season will end in early October.

Who Are The Coaches This Year?

  • Aaron Percy: Varsity Head Coach
  • Sean Keir: Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Steve Alexander: Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Eric Adams: Junior Varsity Coach
  • Eduardo Romo: B Squad Coach
  • Manny DeLaLuz: C Squad Coach
  • Fernando Santellanes: 9B Coach

When and Where Are Practices?

The varsity team typically practices on weekday afternoons or evenings at Washburn Stadium. The junior varsity, B Squad, and C Squad teams typically practice immediately after school at Pearl Park, usually starting about one-half hour after the end of school. We tentatively have King park on 42nd and Nicollet for the 9B team to practice. Coaches will set a practice schedule prior to the start of the season, but you should generally expect to have a practice or a game after school every day during the soccer season.

Where Are the Washburn Soccer Home Games?

Home games for the varsity team are at Washburn Stadium. Occasionally, the junior varsity team will also play at Washburn Stadium. For all other teams, home games are usually at Pearl Park.

For Super Soccer Saturday on September 24, all teams will play at Washburn Stadium.

Who Provides Transportation to Practices and Games?

Transportation to all away games is provided by the Minneapolis Public Schools. The transportation costs for B and C squads are partially funded by the boys soccer boosters. With some exceptions, school buses are used for transportation and leave from Washburn High School at a time designated by each team’s coach.

Transportation to home games and to all practices is the responsibility of the player and/or the player’s family. Practices and home games, however, are typically within walking distance of Washburn High School, if not at Washburn Stadium.

Can I Transport My Son Back Home After Away Games?

Generally, no. Coaches expect the team to travel together to and from all away games. If there are circumstances that may require alternative transportation after a game, you will need to discuss that with the team coach.

What’s the Best Way to Keep Track of Game and Practice Schedules?

Coaches keep players advised of any changes in the practice and game schedules, which are also published and updated in a central calendar on the Washburn soccer website. Each team also has a game schedule, game results, and roster published on the Washburn soccer website, which is updated as the season progresses.

The soccer program also uses TeamSnap to coordinate each of the team’s rosters and schedules. Prior to the start of the season, players and their parents will be invited to join each team’s TeamSnap application. Most club soccer players and parents are already familiar with TeamSnap.




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