First off, I want to welcome all of you to the 2013 season. This next week will be used to assess your skills and eventually determine your placement on the 2013 team. I will say upfront that there are more people trying out than there are spots on the team, so cuts will have to be made. I will go over the cut process with each student-athlete during the week. But I will voice the sentiment now that the final decision is mine, and mine alone.
The schedule for the tryouts is the following:
I will reiterate what I stated in the email I sent out last week. The tryout session times are chosen to best simulate actual practices and games during the regular season. As such, they are during the hottest times of the day. Proper hydration will be vital in your success during this week. The forecast is for the mid to upper 80s all week with a slight to moderate chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout. We WILL practice in rain. If it is storming I will assess the best course of action and the training time will either have to be moved indoors, postponed or cancelled. Always assume a practice (these tryouts) is still happening unless you hear otherwise from me.
Participation in every day of tryouts is not mandatory, but since I am seeing all of you play for the first time, the best chance you have of convincing me you deserve to be on the team is to maximize your exposure to me. Simply put, the more I get to see you play, the more time you have to impress me. I understand that some of you may not be sure of which sport you want to play and will be trying out for multiple. That is perfectly acceptable. Likewise, if soccer is not your main sport but you still want to tryout, that is fine. Stay in communication with me to let me know what your plans are and everything will be coordinated properly.
If you are going to attend a tryout session you must be ready to step onto the pitch when the session is scheduled to start. This policy will remain in effect during the regular season for practices and it will be enforced. If extenuating circumstances prohibit you from being able to do this, you need to let me know before you arrive for the session, and as early as possible. This is a simple procedure that allows me to gauge who is not only ready to give maximum effort, but also who wants to be at the sessions. I will never force you to come to a tryout session or practice, that decision is yours.
Being ready for a session means being ready to play at any moment. This means having proper equipment on, being stretched and warmed up and ready for instruction. I will look to my returning 8th graders to lead the initial stretching and warm-up and I will adjust them if needed. No player is to take any shots on goal or practice long passes before being properly stretched. This is one of the easiest ways to pull a muscle or otherwise injure yourself. Short passing and jogging is always allowed and is encouraged as a means of warming up. The warmup and cooldown period is mandatory for all players.
If this means you have to arrive at 2:30 to be ready to begin the session at 3:00, then arrive at 2:30. Typically I have had teams that give themselves 30 minutes to warmup and it has worked well. If you (the team) decide you need more or less time you can change your arrival time accordingly. No matter when you arrive the session will begin at 3:00 pm. If you are not stretched and warmed up you will be considered late for the session/practice.
Additionally, the sessions will end when they are scheduled to do so. That means by 5:00 pm you will have been properly cooled-down and any/all equipment will have been collected and put away. Also, this means that every second on the pitch is a valuable commodity and needs to be treated with respect. Time wasting or laziness will not be tolerated and is not acceptable. You are here to prove to me that you want a spot in the soccer program. I am in constant communication with the high school coaching staff and this sentiment is shared with all of us. If you don’t waste our time, I/we won’t waste yours.
Your best road to success might seem surprisingly simple: