Player Evaluations and Pre-Season Training Information

All indoor evaluations will take place at the Sid Buckwold soccer fields with the following schedule:


Weekend 2 - September 17 and 18, 2022



















Week 2 - September 19 - 22, 2022

*** For Group Information, Please look for your TeamLinkt Email Invite!

*** No Training for the older U15 and U17 age groups during the week! 
















The SYSI league schedules will be here under the dropdown "Schedules". In early October.

Pre-Season Team Selection Training will start during the week of September 6-9 at Sid Buckwold and continue for 3-4 weeks, weather dependent.



Lakewood Soccer Player Evaluation Process (previous seasons)

Lakewood Soccer does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, national origin or religious affiliation. We seek to place athletes, with similar desires and objectively assessed abilities, together to maximize their enjoyment and development.

The evaluation sessions will be scheduled over several weeks beginning shortly after the registration. All players will be invited to a minimum of 2 evaluation sessions with other players in the same age group and gender. The 1st session will be not be sorted by previous evaluations, so there will be players with various skill levels at the session. After the 1st evaluation a preliminary sorting will be done so that the 2nd evaluation session will have players with similar abilities.

When players show up for the evaluation session they must register at the registration table. The players are randomly placed onto teams for the evaluation. Each evaluation session will be led by the Lakewood Technical Team. There will be a minimum number of evaluators for each session. Although evaluators may be allowed to evaluate players in the same age group as their child, they are not allowed to evaluate their child or participate in discussions about the performance of their child. Each evaluator will independently fill out an evaluation of each player. Before the end of the session the group of evaluators will reach a consensus on the rating for each player with the Technical Team Lead holding the deciding vote if necessary.

After the session has been completed, the results will be compiled by the Technical Director for the next evaluation session or for final team selection.

Lakewood Soccer Player Evaluation Categories

  • Technical (movement, passing, ball control, shooting)

  • Tactical (positional play, awareness, game understanding)

  • Physical (agility, balance, coordination, speed, fitness)

  • Overall Ranking will be a combination of the above 3 categories

It is the goal of Lakewood Soccer to form teams and place players in the best fit possible primarily for the individual player. The best fit includes where that player might experience the best opportunity to be successful at his stage of development and be most comfortable in order to enjoy the game as much as possible.

Lakewood Soccer Player Eligibility

You must reside within Lakewood’s boundaries in order to attend the evaluation sessions and to be able to play for Lakewood Soccer.

Permission to Play Out of Zone

Players who reside outside Lakewood’s zone may attend Lakewood evaluations, however in order to play for Lakewood, a player must first register in their appropriate zone and then apply for a Permission to Play out of Zone transfer. Although you may ask for permission to play out of zone, it may not be granted. Releases must be approved by the zone in which you are registered. A link to the Permission to Play out of Zone document is provided below:

Age Category Requirement

Athletes are required to be evaluated within their appropriate age category. Players will not be allowed to attend evaluations other than in their appropriate age category but under special circumstances, a player may be recommended to be evaluated in another age category either older or younger. This recommendation will come from the Lakewood Technical Team.

Evaluation Absences

Each athlete is offered and encouraged to attend both Evaluation Sessions. Dates and times for an athlete’s 1st evaluation will be posted by Lakewood Soccer and will be emailed once registered. Athletes will be informed of their 2nd evaluation session after all of the 1st round of evaluations for their age category have been completed. While we encourage parents to ensure athletes can attend both evaluations, Lakewood understands that circumstances occur where athletes are unable attend one or both evaluations.

  • Absent from 1st Evaluation session:

If for any reason an athlete is unable to attend the 1st round of evaluations, if possible they will be scheduled into another initial evaluation or they will be scheduled into a 2nd round of evaluations. When applicable, the Technical Team will choose an appropriate placement for evaluation based on player’s history playing with Lakewood. However, if a player has missed the 1st evaluation, it would not be unusual for that player to evaluate with players who they typically have not played with in past seasons. An athlete may be asked to join additional evaluations or practices by the Technical Team and should be prepared to join additional evaluations either that day or at another scheduled time.

  • Absent from 2nd round of Evaluations:

If a player attended their 1st evaluation but is absent from the 2nd evaluation, that player will be evaluated and placed on a team based on the results of the 1st evaluation. A player may be asked to join additional evaluations or practices by the Technical Team at another scheduled time.

  • Absent from both Evaluations:

A player who misses both evaluation sessions will be asked to join one or more practices where the Technical Team will be present. A recommendation will be made by the Technical Team on an appropriate placement for that player. If a player has missed both evaluations, it would not be unusual for that player to evaluate with other players who they typically do not play with in past seasons. In all circumstance related to evaluations, decisions made by the Lakewood Technical Director and the Technical Committee will be considered final. If you have questions about the evaluation process please contact the Technical Director


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