Friday, April 11, 2008

Match Diesel on Junior Worlds

Match's article on mssui.com - World Class... Teenagers?

Read an excerpt:

Despite the skill level of these players, there has been some controversy associated with the selection criteria. Many tryouts felt that the physical aspect of the tryouts was too intense and that too many participants were chosen because of their ‘coach-able’ abilities. As far as the first concern goes, it is pretty obvious that the scheme of any tryout process is to push everyone to their limits and the 20 or so that hold on the longest can and should earn their spot on the team. Hopefully any of the disgruntled kids toughen up in college, especially if they head to programs that routinely go to Centex, Trouble In Vegas, or Pres Day. A timed mile after a day of competition will seem like a vacation relative to 5 pool play games or 11 games in 3 days.
Please comment below - the article begs for discussion.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

could there possibly be more references in the article to "kids"??

any way the author could further differentiate between the almighty he is few years older than most of the team members?

mmmm, how old and wise he is...

Anonymous said...

yeah i count 14 "kid" or "kids"

classy

David Wu said...

I enjoyed the article. Only problem I read was Geoa Greer from Lexington School is not from KY as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

Nope she is from Lexington MA(Open), and played for BUDA women.

Anonymous said...

Personally i beleive ultimate is more of physical shape then physical talent...lets be serious here they are calling themselves team USA and they are moaning and groaning about try outs being to intense...i find this absolutley hilarious...if you even have an opprotunity to try out for such an elite team then turn your frown up side down and stop being so soft.

Anonymous said...

clearly he is an east coast writer. he only mentioned east coast high schoolers, and he COMPLETELY forgot that Casey Ikeda was on the team two years ago. I wish he included more west coast coverage.

otherwise, great article! its good to see youth ultimate getting some airtime.

The Pulse said...

Match went to UCSD undergrad and is at Yale now ... so while he probably has no personal experience with west coast high school ultimate players, there's not much in the way of a bias when there are only a handful of west coast high school players, and he definitely mentioned Jacob Janin.