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).