What's the difference between playing a game and "trying out" for a team? It's the difference of belonging to something or not yet. Every game provides membership. Every tryout is asking to join in. It can be harsh and can be rewarding.
I have a vivid memory of a tryout in high school (bicycle team). I remember every detail of the format, every fear, every ounce of anticipation to get to that day, and every doubt I had. My dad gave me some great advice, "listen well and don't do anything you can't do - unless they ask you to try it. Be there and nowhere else". More on that later.
The reality is that playing at a higher level comes with having to put yourself out there to be evaluated. It certainly isn't easy for a child, or even an adult.
There is so much advice people can give. My summary isn't foolproof and is based only on my experiences. Not everyone makes the team Can you work to make it next time? Get to work and use this experience to your advantage now. If you can't, move on to what's next for you and be happy that you gave it a shot. You'll never regret that.
BTW, I did make that bicycle team and it transformed my life in ways I couldn't have imagined at the time as a 16-year-old. If I wouldn't have made it, I would have kept riding and found an alternative path for as long as possible. I didn't make a career out of it, but still love it like I was 16. Go for it and have fun!
DSP Tryouts - http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/programs/district_six/
TSL Tryouts - http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/programs/town_select_league_tryouts_2019/
"As a coach, board member and new SYSA VP, I've likely seen and heard a lot of what you may be wondering how to manage as a parent or player. Great kids with supportive parents make it all a "once in a lifetime" experience.