The River Dell Blackhawks are the travel division of the River Dell Soccer Association serving the youth of Oradell and River Edge, NJ communities.
The primary goal of the Blackhawks is to develop complete, well-rounded soccer players in a competitive soccer environment.
The Blackhawks field teams for boys and girls through the high school level.
Michael Ruiz de Somocurcio
The registration link for tryouts for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 seasons is below. The link will be open until noon on April 14, 2021. The earliest birth year for play this fall will be 2014 and up. If you are 2015 or below, you are not eligible to play this fall.
I wanted to provide a little more info about the commitment required for this travel soccer program. In the fall practices are 2x a week and games are normally on saturdays for the boys and sundays for the girls. (makeup games can vary). We play in the Northern Counties Soccer Association so will have to travel to some other towns for our local games. This is a travel soccer program that is competitive and is a 2 season program. In the spring, practices are 1x a week and games are on sundays for boys and girls.
Please have a head shot of your player and an electronic version of his/her birth certificate handy: both are required to complete the registration. This registration link must be completed for your player to be permitted to try out. Walk ups who have not registered will not be permitted on the field to try out.
We will post a tryout schedule shortly following the April 14 deadline pending any further potential COVID19 restrictions. Contact us if a player cannot attend a tryout due to a COVID19 quarantine or another similar matter. Players will be assessed and ranked based on several evaluations. Each player will receive a tryout evaluation from objective professional evaluators, a head coach evaluation, and a team trainer evaluation. All three pieces will be combined to rank-order the players for team placement. The board views the conduct of tryouts as another step toward normalcy. Given this, we urge everyone to keep a few thoughts in mind.
· First, teams are not written in stone across multiple years. Every spring, we conduct tryouts for the upcoming fall and spring seasons and evaluate players toward building the most appropriate rosters based on ability. We believe this is in the best interest of every player's development and leads to a richer Blackhawks experience. Rosters may also change as we seek to properly align birth years on the same team. This a natural part of the process and should be expected where numbers warrant.
· Second, late registration requests, unlike this past year but consistent with past practice, will be considered only if they fulfill an immediate team need. All others wil be added to a wait list.
· Third, while the board strives to find a place for every player that wants to play (and always has), it reserves the right wait list players at its discretion.
There is no charge to tryout. Registration fees will be charged upon completion of your team registration, which will be delivered in another email with a team registration link after tryouts are completed and rosters are formed. Please feel free to contact us with questions or issues. In the meantime, thank you in advance for your continued support. Be well and stay safe.