TRYOUTS 2018

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  1. dk_b

    dk_b Well-Known Member

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    I don't think there is any nefarious design going on - I think they wanted to synch up the tryout/playing season with the olders (which had been May to May for a time) and many other states (I am pretty sure WA has been May to May for a long time). An argument can be made that late winter tryouts makes sense for youngers but an argument can be made for May to May as well (this is just a weird 16 month year).

    That said, I do think open training sessions prior to the tryout window makes sense so kids can go to trainings w/o having the stress of asking permission from DOCs. Clubs could hold open-house like clinics throughout, say, April, and kids could get a good sense of a club atmosphere, competition for slots, etc. And if there is a conflict between two tryouts, the club a player visited would have some information on it (assuming there is a sign-in/numbering process).
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    Alright, I'm seeing the new Norcal rules and how much they suck. In past years (in Region 6 at least), clubs would hold "pre tryout clinics" where you could meet the coach and see a training. It was done a week before the tryouts. You could also come in and practice with a team if you wanted. Under the new rules, clubs are no longer allowed to do this because they can't "recruit". But the season is over!

    Checking out trainings helps customers make more informed decisions. More informed decisions increases the likelihood that player won't leave a team mid season. That is a bad rule.
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  3. psyclone

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    Norcal's priorities have long been about protecting coaches and clubs over the needs of players.

    I think it is a good thing to have several leagues and registration avenues, but this rule is terrible. I suspect it will be very often broken, and that the penalties will only be selectively enforced.
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    You spend more time researching a new TV and it costs less than one year of soccer yet you get zero time with coaches until after you have committed via an email. Coaches aren't always available at tryouts either.

    It's just going to cause more incident reports to deal with and enjoyment for some to read.
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    I suspect you can reach out to any club you want and ask to go to training during the tryout window (which is a month basically) and go. The rules really open up what you can do in the window, take advantage of it. No permission or notification needed for any player or family to talk to any club during the window (not sure at "tryouts"). Go to as many training events with teams as you can!!!!
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    Clubs don't own the players. Norcal tries to make it look like they do, but they don't. You are not bound by those rules. The clubs are, (kind of), but you are not.

    You don't need permission from your DOC at any time to talk to any coach you want. Any time.

    The coach you approach may decide not to talk to you, but that is up to them. And you will find that they all will talk to you, invite you to trainings and what not. These rules are BS, and you need to treat them like they are BS.
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    It's interesting how many Facebook ad's I'm seeing from soccer clubs promoting their tryouts this year. I even saw one that was promoting his team, not even the club, and it was a 2009 team :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:. Some adults really do take youth soccer way too serious!! I can't wait for this week to be over so I can quit having so many people asking me about where my kids are going to play, what if they don't make the A team etc... Parents need to relax and let the kids have fun.
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    In many cases, i think it's the parent(s) getting in the way of what these kids want to do.. . just play and have fun. Parental pride that has the kids bouncing from one club to another kills all of that. Demoralizing. I came across one that hit 4 different clubs in as many years and it wasn't a coach problem.. it was a parent problem.

    LET THE KIDS PLAY DAMMIT'!! It really is that simple. If they are talented enough and have strong work ethic. it will all work itself out.
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    How are turnouts in tryouts this year?

    I observed a couple of tryouts and it seemed unusually light compared to the past.

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