Tryouts are currently underway via Zoom online sessions. We do anticipate on the field tryouts to begin shortly as well (once cleared by Broward County and the City of Pembroke Pines).
Once registered to tryout, we will contact you with either information for virtual tryouts, or dates when on-field tryouts have begun. Registering for tryouts is free, and a great way to be kept in the loop as we re-start of our travel soccer program, which was suspended due to COVID-19.
This link is just to register to TRYOUT. Once selected, you can register onto the team using the link at the bottom of the page.
The PPO Heat Strikers program is our competitive soccer program. Teams practice primarily on the South side of the Pines Recreation Center. The Heat Strikers Program is year round. Teams play in the South Florida United Soccer League, and will attend tournaments throughout the year. All head coaches hold a coaching license. The program is tryout based. Boys and girls teams are formed from U7 all the way through U19. PPO looks to develop players. We are interested in both experienced soccer players, as well as those with a burning passion to learn and improve at the game. Our initial fees are among the lowest of all travel programs in South Florida, as one of our goals as an Optimist Club is to make the highest levels of this youth sport within reach to all in our community.
Tryouts are held on the SOUTH fields of the Pines Recreation Center. 7400 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, 33024. A parent or guardian must come with the candidate and pre register prior to the start of the first attended session. Candidates must be on time for each session, and it is advised they come 15 minutes prior to fill out the registration forms. Each candidate MUST be wearing shin guards and cleats, have a soccer ball, and a water bottle. The field is located on the South side of the park, back where you can see the Broward College airplane. After sign in, each player will be given a number to wear at each tryout. It is highly recommended players attend multiple tryouts in order for the coaches to do an evaluation, which may increase the odds of the player being selected.
All candidates MUST tryout to be offered placement on a team. This includes players who are now finishing out the 2019-20 season. Having been placed on team last season does not guarantee an offer to participate for the coming season.
The registration fee (paid once per season/year)
to join a Heat Strikers team is:
Base registration fee: $305
Uniform kit: $120
Out of City Fee (Charged to players who live outside of Pembroke Pines): $95*
All players are required to own a full set of Heat Strikers uniforms, plus practice shirts. Returning players may choose to reuse uniform kits from the prior season. Uniforms must be in good condition, as determined by PPO. Uniforms kits (home and away Jerseys, shorts, and socks, and 2 practice shirts) may be purchased from PPO for $120, subject to availability**.
The registration fee includes all basic costs associated with participation in one regular season of South Florida United (the travel league), and FYSA carding and insurance.
The fee does not include tournaments, travel expenses, specialized equipment, or outside training.
The Heat Strikers uniforms are custom printed (sublimated), and really stand out compared to other local teams. Each kit contains a home and away jersey, shorts, socks, and 2 practice shirts.
*Non Pembroke Pines Residents will be charged an out of city fee of $95, which is imposed by the City. Pembroke Pines residents must provide proof of residency at time of registration. Out of City residents (only) will be given a book of raffles tickets to sell, and allowed to keep the proceeds (which can help offset the out of city fee).
**Late registrations may require uniforms be purchased online directly from our uniform vender (Squadra). Orders placed with Squadra will cost approximately $160 plus shipping.
Many PPO coaches offer PPO soccer players additional training sessions, and competition opportunities outside of our park. These training sessions are held at a local indoor soccer facility, as well as other venues. Understand these sessions are fully OPTIONAL, and you need not attend them. Your coach has volunteered to coach your team at least 2x per week, as well as be at league games as required. You are not required to pay any training fees to be on a PPO team. Any fees coaches charge for off site activities is not part of the PPO program. If you choose not to participate in these activities you are not required to pay for them, and your child’s participation in soccer league play will not be effected in any way.
Most teams will attend tournaments through the coming year. The costs of tournaments vary by age group, and some teams will chose to do more or less than others. The cost of tournaments is shared evenly by members on the team. More information on approximate tournament costs will be provided during the tryout / selection process. Teams will also coordinate fund raising activities to help offset some of these expenses.
This link is only to be used by players that have been notified by a coach that they have been selected for a Heat Strikers competitive travel team and given permission to register and begin the payment process.
This season, all registrations and payments will be collected online and using a credit card. PPO no longer accepts paper registration forms, cash, checks, or in person credit card payments for any transactions.
If you are looking to tryout for a team, scroll to the top of this page and use the link to register for tryouts. If you are looking for recreational soccer (Piranhas) please visit the recreational soccer page.