Blackhawks will conduct tryouts for 2019 fall (Juniors) and 2020 summer leagues (Juniors and Competitive) the week of July 28, 2019. Tryouts enable Blackhawks’ professional coaches to gauge each player’s individual skills and development needs. Coaches use the results to match players with the most appropriate division and coach for the 2019–20 league seasons.

»Learn more about Competitive U15–U19 teams (players born 2001–2005) and Juniors U11–U14 teams (players born 2006–2009). See also Planned Coach Assignments by Team

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Register Now for Tryouts

Register for tryouts today using the LOGIN button on this page. Before attending a tryout, you must register and pay for the tryout.

  • If you do not have an account, you will need to create one before registering
  • Coaches will form teams from the pool of players registered for tryouts. Register regardless of ability to attend tryout sessions.
  • ALL players are responsible for paying the $50 tryout fee.

Who: Soccer players born 2001 – 2009

When and where: See below for times and locations for each age group and gender. Most registrants will attend two sessions

Cost: The tryout fee is $50; there is no financial assistance for this fee. Pay by MasterCard or Visa at the time of registration, or by check payable to “Saint Paul Blackhawks” and either brought to your first tryout session or mailed after registration to:

Saint Paul Blackhawks
PO Box 40436
Saint Paul MN  55104-8436

Schedule and Locations

Bring: Water bottle, sunblock, shin guards, cleats, ball (size 4 for U11–U12, size 5 all others), great sportsmanship

Players are expected to participate in both sessions when two sessions are listed for a birth year/gender. Indicate on your registration if you will miss either session. For 2006–2009 Boys, the Coaching Director will hold a third, final tryout for selected players; see note (*) after the Juniors schedule.

Juniors (U11 – U14)

Birth
Year
(2020
Age Group)
Girls Boys
2009 (U11) Sun, Jul 28 noon–1:30pm UofM
Tue, Jul 30 6:00–7:30pm UofM
Sun, Jul 28 9:00–10:30am UofM
Thu, Aug 1 6:00–7:30pm UofM
Sat, Aug 3 10:00–11:30am UofM*
2008 (U12) Sun, Jul 28 noon–1:30pm UofM
Tue, Jul 30 6:00–7:30pm UofM
Sun, Jul 28 10:30am–noon UofM
Thu, Aug 1 7:30–9:00pm UofM
Sat, Aug 3 10:00–11:30am UofM*
2007 (U13) Sun, Jul 28 5:00–6:30pm UofM
Tue, Jul 30 7:30–9:00pm UofM
Sun, Jul 28 3:30–5:00pm UofM
Wed, Jul 31 6:00–7:30pm UofM
Sat, Aug 3 11:30am–1:00pm UofM*
2006 (U14) Sun, Jul 28 5:00–6:30pm UofM
Tue, Jul 30  7:30–9:00pm UofM
Sun, Jul 28 2:00–3:30pm UofM
Wed, Jul 31 7:30–9:00pm UofM
Sat, Aug 3 1:00–2:30pm UofM*

*  All current Blackhawks Red and Black players in these age groups should plan to attend this Saturday session, along with any other players identified and invited by staff during the tryout process. NOTE: if you are identified in this group and cannot make this date, please contact Juniors Director Brian Catrine directly via email at brian@blackhawksoccer.org.

  • UofM Rec Sports Field • 1631 Cleveland Ave North, Falcon Heights, MN 55108 • map
    » Please respect all NO PARKING zones and park only in legal parking spaces

Competitive (U15 – U19)

Birth
Year
(2020
Age Group)
Girls Boys
2005 (U15) Sun, Jul 28 2:00–3:30pm McM
Tue, Jul 30 4:30–6:00pm McM
Sun, Jul 28 8:00–9:30am McM
Tue, Jul 30 6:00–7:30pm McM
2004 (U16) Sun, Jul 28 3:30–5:00pm McM
Tue, Jul 30 7:30–9:00pm McM
Sun, Jul 28 9:30–11:00am McM
Mon, Jul 29 4:30–6:00pm McM
2003 (U17) Sun, Jul 28 5:00–6:30pm McM
Tue, Jul 30 7:30–9:00pm McM
Sun, Jul 28 11am–12:30pm McM
Mon, Jul 29 6:00–7:30pm McM
2002 (U18) Sun, Jul 28 2:00–3:30pm McM
Tue, Jul 30 4:30–6:00pm McM
Sun, Jul 28 12:30–2:00pm McM
Mon, Jul 29 7:30–9:00pm McM
2001 (U19) Sun, Jul 28 2:00–3:30pm McM Mon, Jul 29 7:30–9:00pm McM
  • McM McMurray Fields • 1220 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55103 • map

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

A: YES. We will form teams for our 2019–20 season from the pool of players that register…if you don’t register, we don’t know that you want to play. Team formation involves a lot aside from what happens on the field on the day of tryouts and all team mates are expected to share in those expenses. Please contact the appropriate Director of Coaching (contact info below) to let them know if you will miss tryouts completely so they can check in with your coach for their input. Register using the large LOGIN button on this page to access your account.

A: YES. While we strongly prefer to see players on two different days, we understand that life happens. Please be sure to let the appropriate Director of Coaching (contact info below) know that you will be missing a session.

A: NO. We have a very tight window to work in for team formation, needing to submit fall teams by August 9, so we are unable to prolong the process by offering make-up sessions.

A: NO. While we will check-in walk-up players at tryouts, you will still need to register online to be placed on a team. Please let one of our staff know if you will need assistance with this. NOTE: all walk-up players will need to pay the $50 tryout fee when checking-in at the field. If you choose to walk-up, please allow 20–30 minutes before tryout time to complete additional paperwork on-site (this requires a parent/guardian signature).

A: YES. Cash or check only please and allow additional time before your tryout as only certain staff will be able to accept your payment.

A: To reduce confusion and mistakes, we display eligible birth years with each of our programs. US Soccer sets age groups based on birth year, not school year or rolling age. This can get a bit confusing given our soccer seasons in Minnesota change after the summer season and before the fall season. All players turning 11 between January 1 and December 31 in 2020 are considered U11 (under 11) for the Fall 2019 – Summer 2020 season.

A: All players register for tryouts in their birth year age group, then check-in at the field for the age groups they are trying out for. ALL players that wish to try out for an older age group should expect to attend sessions for both their birth age group as well as the older age group and MUST receive Director of Coaching permission to try out to play up. (see contact info below)

A: See detailed descriptions about Competitive U15–U19 teams (players born 2001–2005) and Juniors U11–U14 teams (players born 2006–2009).

A: You can choose to pay club fees all at once or in installments when you accept your player’s team position after tryouts. ALL players will need to make a minimum 10% deposit to secure their team placement before August 8. If you opt in to our payment plan, you will make payments on the following schedule after that: 20% due September 15, October 15, November 15, February 15 with the final 10% due March 15.

A: YES. Financial Assistance awards are granted yearly. You will apply for financial assistance during registration (you will see a link to the financial assistance application form).

A: Once you submit your registration, Executive Director Viktor Adamcsek reviews your application and sends you an email with your award and details on how to apply it to your registration. Please apply NOW to give him plenty of time to review your application before final team registration.

A: Returning players will purchase a partial kit for the new season. We will email complete uniform information to all registered players.

See also: Team Formation Policy

Coaching Philosophy

Saint Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club is committed to giving each player the tools to become a complete player. A complete player displays mastery of both technical and tactical aspects of the game as well as character growth. We believe that soccer can be a medium to develop youth physically, mentally, and socially. We aim to produce skilled players who exhibit respect, dedication, and a passion for soccer within a highly competitive environment. Our club is dedicated to prepare youth players for the next level whether professional, collegiate, or amateur.

The path toward developing a complete player recognizes different developmental levels and utilizes developmentally appropriate activities toward the goal.

  • Technical: A Complete Player masters all aspects of ball control such as dribbling, passing and receiving, ball striking, heading, and tackling.
  • Tactical: A Complete Player understands the fundamentals of defending and attacking individually as well as a team. They understand their roles on the field in different formations, such as 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1.
  • Character: A Complete Player is a leader on the field who knows how to handle adversity, be a team player, and relate to others with respect.