Announcing Skipjacks Tryouts for next year's 2015/16 Teams!
We are moving up tryouts to Mid-July!
Tryouts for next year's 2015/16 Skipjacks teams will be AT NORWELL HIGH SCHOOL's NEW Clipper Community Turf Complex on the following dates:
OPEN CALL TRYOUTS: These are for players who are NOT currently on a Skipjacks team. For new players who would like to join our Skipjacks teams.
For 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 (rising 8th-11th Graders)
Monday, July 13th
2020 (Rising 8th Graders): 5:00-6:30
2019, 2018, 2017 (Rising 9, 10, 11): 6:30-8:00
For 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024/25 (rising 3rd-7th Graders)
Thursday, July 16th
2025, 2024 & 2023 (Rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders): 5:00-6:30
2022 & 2021 (Rising 6th and 7th Graders): 6:30-8:00
Each Grade will have ONE 90-minute open call tryout. From this pool of new players we will select the top players to be invited back to our CALL BACK tryouts the following week; where they will compete with returning Skipjacks for spots on our 2015/2016 Skipjacks teams.
CALL BACK TRYOUTS: These are for all returning Skipjacks who choose to tryout AND for all the players we invited from the open call tryout the week prior. **
ALL GRADES ARE Thursday, July 23rd -
Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th (2024, 2023, 2022): 4-5:45PM
Rising 7th & 8th (2021-2020): 6:00-7:45
Rising 9th (2019): 7:00-8:30
Rising 10th & 11th (2018 & 2017): 8:00-9:30
Each Grade will have ONE CALL BACK tryout. From this pool of returning Skipjacks and new players, we will select our Skipjacks rosters for our 2015/2016 Skipjacks teams.
** Any current Skipjacks that cannot make their Call Back tryout due to vacation or other conflict can attend the open call tryout in the previous week.
WHY ARE SKIPJACKS MOVING TO MID-JULY??
We know this is a big jump from our traditional mid-September tryout times, and the decision to move them up was not made without much consideration and analysis. There are conflicts and pros/cons with any date we pick... But, in the end, we decided that this format on these dates in Mid-July is best for us for the following reasons:
1) Navigating school and fall sports schedules makes the fall tryout very difficult and inefficient for all involved (players, parents, and coaches). Moving into the summer may cause some vacation conflicts, but it removes all others.
2) Moving the tryouts up to the end of our summer season (Mid-July) makes more sense from a pure lacrosse perspective (no September rust!). Players will be rolling right out of their spring (town) and summer (club) seasons and playing their best lacrosse.
3) Going this early also means we stay out of the peak vacation month of August. Now, everyone will be done on July 23rd, and they can put their sticks away for a couple months and focus on summer and fall sports!
We are fully aware that, for a few different reasons, this move is not ideal for some. However, we are fully convinced that given the difficulties presented by a September tryout, and given our Skipjacks program goals going forward; this new tryout structure and dates are the right thing to do for our Skipjacks players and our program as a whole.
I hope the above points answer any of the questions you may have. But, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if anything remains unclear. More details coming in the weeks ahead...
Play Hard, Fast, and Smart!
North River Lacrosse