Well, my 2017/18 season has finally come to an end. The team I had in State Cup lost in the Semi Final. Only one team per age group really ends the season having accomplished its goals and having won the title but looking back I’m very happy with the progress of my team and especially of the individual players.
That’s really what it’s all about those. No college coach will ever ask any of these players how they did in State Cup or any other tournament when they were 11, 13 or 15.
It’s now the season of team parties, camps and tryouts. As the director of our club’s recreational program it’s also time to organize more than 200 teams and over 3,000 players in preparation for the fall season.
Tryouts for next year are Saturday and that’s the main topic of this episode.
This week’s question comes from Tim. His question also inspired today’s topic.
“As we get closer to tryout season, I wanted to ask your advice on evaluating tryouts. I attend all of our club’s tryout nights as an administrator/evaluator as well as my own team’s night.
Do you have a certain strategy when you are evaluating? I often find myself missing players or watching the same player for too long. Do you watch an individual player at a time, watch the game as a whole to see who stands out, or somewhere in between?
Also, does your evaluation change when it is your own team versus another team you are not coaching?”
Thanks for the question Tim!
Here’s the written answer I gave Tim:
In This Episode
Tryouts are part of the competitive soccer process in the United States. Each year coaches evaluate their current players against new players who would like to join their team or club. I’ve done three previous episodes focused on tryouts. #16 How to Run Tryouts for More than 2,000 Players, #63 Surviving Tryouts and #105 Tryouts as a Tool for Development.
Today I’m going to focus on what I look for when evaluating players during tryouts.
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