Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I need to Bring to tryouts?
· Shin guards (Shin guards must be worn for the entire session)
· Plenty of water
· Appropriately sized soccer ball
· Please check-in 15-30 minutes prior to the tryout sessions.
WHEN WILL I HAVE TO COMMIT TO THE TEAM AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I COMMIT?
We ask that every player that is trying out for a Calcio Hawks Rush be ready to commit to the team upon receiving an offer. This will speed up the process for everyone else in the age group. Decisions must be made within 48 hours as there are players that will be offered a spot should one decline an offer. Acceptance of a roster spot is confirmed ONLY when the commitment paperwork and registration fee are received.
WILL A SESSION EVER GET CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER? WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF NOTIFYING PLAYERS?
There is a good chance we will get rain during a soccer season in Illinois. While it would take extreme weather to cancel any of our sessions, this has happened in the past. If there is a threat of severe weather, please make sure to check the Teamsnap app. We will also attempt to contact all registered players. For this reason, it is important that the email address you put on the registration form is the best one to contact you with. Please know that while cancelling a session is rare, player safety comes first.
WHAT IF I AM SICK OR IF I HAVE TO MISS TRYOUTS?
In the case of all unavoidable conflicts, please contact us immediately to reschedule another tryout date.
WHAT DO THE COACHES LOOK FOR DURING TRYOUTS?
All players will be evaluated based on their technical and tactical ability as well as their physical abilities. Players who exhibit a strong work ethic and who display a respect for the game, coaches and fellow players will show well. The younger kids (10 & under) we look for potential and whether they are having fun playing the beautiful game.
CAN I PLAY FOR AN OLDER TEAM?
One of the goals of our club is to make sure that each player is placed on a team not necessarily based on age but on ability. It is in every player’s best interest, from a soccer development standpoint, to play with players of like-ability. For this reason, if the Calcio Hawks Rush technical staff determines that it is in your best interest to play up a year, a decision can be made at that time.
IS THERE A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OFFERED?
Yes. Details will be given to those who contact us with interest in using the scholarship program.
HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE ON A TEAM?
The roster sizes for our teams are as follows:
· U8 play 4 per side, roster sizes will range
· U9 and U10 play 7 per side, and have 10 to 14 players per team
· U11 and U12 play 9 per side, and 12 and 15 players per team
· U13 and older player 11 per side, and have 15 to 18 players per team
WHERE DO TEAMS PLAY?
League games are played in the STL area. We try to plan to have all games in the O’Fallon area with double headers on Saturdays.
WHEN DO TEAMS PRACTICE?
Calcio Hawks Rush practices are typically on Monday and Thursday 5:30 to 7:00. Additional practices may be requested by coaches.
WHEN DO TEAMS PLAY?
The Fall season starts the first week of August. The season generally runs through November. The Spring season generally starts the first week in February and runs through the end of May, skipping Easter weekend. Note that we generally do have games scheduled over the Spring break weeks. We ask travel team players to plan travel and vacations accordingly. Calcio Hawks Rush also has training throughout the winter and the option to play on summer teams competing in the 3v3, 5 a side, indoor leagues, etc…
WHAT TYPE OF COMMITMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE TO TRAVEL SOCCER?
We play in competitive leagues and the spot your child takes on a team is often a spot denied to another child. Additionally, soccer is a full season sport and we expect a full season commitment. For that reason, while we understand that some conflicts arise that are unexpected and unavoidable, we expect players to attend at least 1 practice per week and all games and play for the full season.
1502 Davis Avenue
Johnston City, IL 62951
Monday - Thursday: 9:00a - 4:00p
Friday: 10:00a - 2:00p
Saturday & Sunday: Closed