Being a Trialist (U9+)
“Trialists” are players that are ‘loaned’ by one team to play on a team of higher age or Tier. EMSA South strongly encourages the use of trialists because it benefits the player, his or her team, the receiving team, and our program.
EMSA South coaches do not ‘own’ their players and are responsible to advance each player’s ability. Occasionally, when teams are short-handed or want to try-out promising players from other teams, they may ask for players from other teams (younger age group or lower tier). This is done on a game-by-game basis, to a maximum of 5 league games per season.
If asked to be a trialist, consider it a compliment that would allow your child a great opportunity to play at a more demanding or competitive skill-level.