Many of the contributors to this site have a lot of experience in the game. They’ve played on elite club or co-ed teams of their own; they’ve coached top-level juniors teams; they’ve been playing the game since I was a gleam in my daddy’s eye, etc., etc. So, I feel some trepidation as I make my first post here at PlayUltimate.
I do, however, seem to share at least one important characteristic with the other contributors of this site—a deep-seated love of this game called ultimate.For what it is, for what it does, I love this sport. Accordingly, I dedicate some of my time and energy to helping advocate it at the juniors level, where it’s most logical to do so in my case (I’m a high school teacher). That’s enough about me.I’ll try to keep all such self-conscious apologies out of future postings. This post does have a point, I promise . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . .
Tryouts. I only started our program at FHC last year, this year will be our second. I’ve been working hard during the off-season, recruiting, building buzz, as have the remaining players from last year’s team; however, I think we may have done TOO good a job! What with the posters, flyers, word of mouth, luchtime publicity, video, announcements and all, it’s looking like we’ll have the luxurious curse of running tryouts in this, our second, year of existance.
So, my question is this. What are some of the different models out there for effectively and fairly selecting/rejecting athletes. Combines? Wholistic? Ultimatetalk just did a short thread on this topic, but I suspect that there are reasons why a juniors tryout should look different from a club tryout. But maybe not. For any other teams out there like mine, who are just making the move from “scraping together enough players for a scrimmage” to a tryout situation, what did your FIRST year of tryouts look like? Did they work? Horror stories? What do the top teams in the nation do?
HOW do you hold tryouts?