Last weekend completed the tryouts for our youth soccer club. This is a year occurrence here is the States. I’d be curious to hear what it’s like in other countries. Do you have tryouts each year or more or less often?
Since our system is, ‘Pay to Play’ many parents view themselves as agents. They shop around and look for the best ‘deal’. I don’t have a problem with parents looking out for the best interest of their children but too often I think they’re looking for the wrong things. For many there’s a fixation with ‘being on the top team’. What many parents don’t understand is that the third team in one club could provide a better developmental environment than the first team in another. I wish some parents would spend more time focusing on the club structure, developmental philosophy, and the coach’s approach to teaching rather than what division the team will play in.
Coaches don’t always go into this process with the best of intentions either. There are many that think ‘new players