Important Tryout Dates

All events are for PLAYERS ONLY

October 26 , 3:30-4:30 pm , SDA Amphitheater – Tryout Informational Meeting for Players

November 8-10, 5:00-6:30 pm, SDA Stadium – 9th Grade Tryouts

November 8-10, 7:00-9:00 pm, SDA Stadium, 10th-12th Grade Tryouts

Grade Check is Coming

Grade Point Average is one of the criteria used to determine eligibility for high school sports. Players must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

SDA Administration checks grades when they are posted in Aeries for the 1st Quarter Report Card on October 27. The grading period closes on October 19, so we encourage all prospective players to check in with teachers this week to ensure they have all work turned in and requirements met to maximize the grades they earn this quarter!

Coach Guidance for Tryouts

Tryout Schedule and Procedures

Fall Conditioning Camp Registration is Open

Fall Camp is a great series of training clinics if your player is thinking about trying out for Boys’ Soccer at SDA this year!

Camp is open to all interested boys’ high school players and is highly recommended for freshmen and sophomores who are planning to tryout for the SDA Boys’ Soccer program.

DATES: Fridays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

TIME: 7:30-9 PM

LEARN MORE

Get Ready for Boys’ Soccer

General Information about the 2021-22 Boys’ Soccer season is now available on the SDA Boys’ Soccer website and will be updated as the season approaches.

Important Tasks and Dates

  • New players, sign up on our mailing list.
  • All interested players must complete athletic clearance with the SDA Athletics Office to participate in SDA Boys Soccer. Instructions to complete clearance can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/sdaathletics/athletic-clearance. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Completion of the Athletic Clearance registers the player for tryouts.
  • Students must also be scholastically eligible. See information below.
  • Sign up for Fall Conditioning Camp.
  • Save the dates for tryouts — Nov 8, 9, 10, and 12 in the evenings from 7-9 pm.
  • Attend tryouts!

 A student athlete is scholastically eligible if:

  •  The student-athlete is currently enrolled in at least 15 semester periods of work on campus.
  • The student-athlete passed at least 15 semester periods  of work at the completion of the previous  regular grading periods
  • The student-athlete has maintained during the previous grading period (school wide distribution of grades) a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all enrolled courses (unweighted GPA). 

Tryouts 2021/22

TENTATIVE TRYOUTS SCHEDULE (Updated October 14, 2021)

  • Monday, November 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021

at the following times and locations:

Grade(s)TimeLocation
Freshmen (9th graders)5:30-7:00 pmSDA Stadium
Upper classmen (10-12th graders) 7:00-9:00 pmSDA Stadium
  • NOTE: dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

REGISTRATION FOR TRYOUTS

Registration for tryouts is completed via the athletic clearance process with the SDA Athletics Office. Instructions to complete clearance can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/sdaathletics/athletic-clearance. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

TRYOUT PROCEDURES

  • Please arrive 30 minutes early to get checked in. The start of tryouts will not be delayed to accommodate students still waiting to be checked-in at the scheduled start time.
  • Players must listen to carefully to instructions from check-in volunteers in order to ensure an orderly process.
  • No spectators will be allowed at either tryout location. Parents should drop off their players and return to campus at the scheduled
  • At check-in, players will be asked for their grade and name so we can confirm that they have received athletic clearance. Prospective players who intend to try out must have completed online athletic clearance process, which includes physical and grades review in order to participate in tryouts. Players who have not been cleared will not be allowed to try out.
  • Any COVID-related or other health and safety protocols will be determined and communicated closer to the tryout dates.

  • WHAT TO BRING
    • Boys should come ready to play soccer with athletic clothing, soccer socks, shin guards, and cleats. Players should also bring water.
    • NOTE: absolutely no club branded gear should be worn at tryouts. SDA practice shirts are OK.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.
    • We also highly recommend the boys bring (non-club) warmups as temperatures in the evening might be chilly.
    • All players should attend all scheduled days for their age group. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please let the coaches know ASAP. 

COACH GUIDANCE FOR TRYOUTS

Specific guidance for succeeding at tryouts has been provided by Coach Elenz-Martin: https://sdafoundation.com/boyssoccer/guidance-for-tryouts

EXPECTATIONS FOR PLAYERS

  • Attend the Mandatory Player/Parent Meetings, which will be scheduled ASAP following tryouts:,
    1. Sports meeting w/Athletic Director Scott Jordan: Parents & Students (location/date TBD).  (Note: parents and students participating in SDA athletics must participate in at least one sports meeting with Director Jordon during the year prior to being allowed to play.) Feshman and new players should view the message from Scott Jordan here: https://sites.google.com/view/sdaathletics
    2. Boys soccer parents’ meeting w/the boys soccer Liaisons and coaching staff (location/date TBD).  This meeting is soccer-specific, and it is critical that at least one parent attend.  Players should not attend this meeting.
  • Attend all team practices
  • Attend all team games
  • Adhere to the Player/Parent Agreement

2021/22 preseason conditioning camp

Pre-season Conditioning Camp is open to all interested boys’ high school players . Camp is highly recommended for freshmen and sophomores who are planning to tryout for the SDA Boys’ Soccer program.

DATES: Fridays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

TIME: 7:30-9 PM *Note – Oct 15 session will run from 5:00-6:30 pm to avoid conflict with Homecoming Dance.

LOCATION: SDA Stadium

FEES: $130 for all 5 days; $80 for any 3 days (fees are non-refundable)

Scholarships are available.

REGISTER ONLINE

ALL REGISTRANTS MUST SHOW PROOF OF MEDICAL INSURANCE!

NOTE: This is NOT your registration for the High School Soccer Season. You will need to do that with the Athletic Department prior to the season.

Kai Haseyama commits to Westminster College

Graduating senior Kai Haseyama will be attending Westminster College to study engineering physics and playing soccer for the Titans. Kai sent a note about his SDA experience that we’ve reproduced here. Congratulations Kai and best of luck in your new endeavors!

“My name’s Kai Haseyama, and I’m a part of the SDA graduating class of 2020. I will be majoring in engineering physics at Westminster College PA, and will also be playing soccer for the school. I played soccer, golf, and baseball for SDA and had the best time of my life playing with these teams.
SDA is a perfect fit for students who want to maintain high academic standards as well as get into a high school sport. The unique SDA schedule helped me get into more classes and electives, finish required classes sooner, and created a cover blanket in case there’s a need to retake a class. The fast pace schedule seems hard to manage sometimes, but in my experiences, it’s done nothing but helped.

For high schoolers who want to continue an athletic career in college, there’s a lot more to the recruiting process than just playing. I began creating highlight videos and recruiting profiles my sophomore year, but it’s never too late to start even if you’re going into your senior year. After creating these, begin sending emails to coaches of the schools you’re interested in. You should be sending them your name, club team, high school, grades, positions, and links to your highlight video, recruiting profile, and upcoming game schedule.

Overall, my experience being a student athlete at SDA has been amazing thanks to all the support over the years. Thank you to coach Mike and Kyle, for helping me through the process, and believing in me. Thank you to all my teachers, Mr. Norris, Mr. Vollstedt, Ms. Ceseña, and Mr. Davidson especially, for putting up with me , and coming out to support me at games. Thank you to Mr. Brown, for helping me through the college process and supporting me throughout the four years. Thank you to Mr. Keillor for coming out to so many games and being one of my biggest supporters. Thank you to all my friends, who came out to every game to cheer on the team. And thank you to my parents, siblings, and grandparents, for supporting me since day 1.

– Kai’s SDA Experience

Tryouts Update 2019/20

NOTICE: The freshman tryouts next week on Tuesday 11/12, Wednesday 11/13, and Friday 11/15 have been shifted 15 minutes earlier to a 3:45pm start to allow more time for the coaches to see the players. Please make your way as quickly as possible after school from SDA to Oak Crest in order to get checked in so you can be there when tryouts start. See the main tryouts post for complete information.

SDA boys soccer prospective player meeting, Tuesday, 10/22, 3:30PM @ gym

SDA boys varsity soccer coach, Michael Elenz-Martin, is hosting a prospective player meeting this coming Tuesday, 10/22 directly after school in the gym.  Details…

  • What: SDA Boys soccer prospective player meeting
  • When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Where: SDA Gym
  • Who: all incoming freshman, returning players from all of last year’s teams, or any new transfers who are interested to tryout w SDA boys soccer in November. 
  • Why: This will give each player the opportunity to meet the entire coaching staff, learn about our program/vision/goals, player expectations/athletic clearance and get answers to questions about putting the best foot forward in tryouts. 

Post-meeting summary:

The information provided at this meeting is summarized on the guidance for tryouts page. Please consult that for valuable information that will help you succeed in the SDA boys soccer program.

2019/20 Fall preseason conditioning camp

The fall conditioning camp is being held every Friday in the fall of 2019 starting on October 4th and continuing through November 1st. This camp is NOT mandatory, but does offer players and coaches the opportunity to get familiar with each other prior to tryouts. You can register for this camp here: https://sdaf.formstack.com/forms/mustang_boys_soccer_conditioning_2019

(note: the location has changed; the camp is being held on Oak Crest Middle School’s lower field)