The South East District soccer tryouts for the upcoming Saskatchewan Summer Games are set to take place this weekend in Weyburn. The boys' tryouts are scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m.  

Head Coach of the SE District boys' soccer team Jason Roy said that there will be 17 players selected for the team. The call-out is for males 13-15 years old, or those born between 2009-2011.  

Roy said the Summer Games are a unique experience, adding that they are close to an Olympic event.  

“You’re living with your team for those three days, your meals will be eaten as a team, you’ll go to different events, and they have lots of activities going on during the games to keep kids entertained.”  

 The games allow athletes to be able to compete at a higher level and for them to challenge themselves.  

“I just encourage everybody to try out whether you think you’re at that level or not. Come on out and you know, try it out and we’ll see how it goes from there.” 

Those who make the team that are already taking part in the regular soccer league season will be able to fit in practices, which will be kept to one a week. When the season winds down the district practices will increase to twice a week.   

“We want to give priority to their own club, so we understand that some schedules won’t be able to be followed.”  

Roy, who is also the President of the Weyburn Soccer Association said that soccer is an important part of his life and has been heavily involved since his son started playing when he was a kid. He has coached the competitive travel leagues, the provincial soccer league, and the futsal during the Winter Games.  

“Soccer is a big deal to our family, so I'm really hoping that I can carry on and share my experiences with our newfound players.”  

The last Summer Games were scheduled for 2020, and Roy was also selected to coach that year. However, it was cancelled due to the pandemic.  

“There hasn’t been a Summer Games in eight years. So, we are really looking forward to this one.”