How Youth Tryouts and Team Selection Work:
At each Grade level, we do the following:
Step One: We have 2 tryouts - the first Sunday and Monday in Sept.
Step Two: We make "First Cuts" after the second tryout, then call back the remaining candidates for 1 final tryout the following Sunday.
Step Three: We select the top 40 players in the grade (60 players if we have 3 teams) and send them Skipjacks invites.
- **NEW** - PLAYERS WILL NEED TO ACCEPT THESE INVITES WITHOUT KNOWING IF THEY WILL MAKE AN AA TEAM OR AN A TEAM.
Step Four: During the fall, the 40 players will practice, scrimmage, and play their first tournament together as mixed (even) teams. After the first fall tournament (and ahead of the second), we will name the AA players (Blue Team) and A players (Green Team)
♦ This is the first year we have not selected AA and A teams right out of tryouts. We have found that, as the program has grown, it becomes more and more difficult to decide on team selection after only seeing many of the kids once or twice.. By delaying the decisions until later in the fall, we will have ample time to evaluate the 40 players in the grade and will be able to make much more confident decisions about who should be placed where.
♦♦ For those kids or parents that do not like the idea of accepting an Skipjacks invite without knowing which team (AA or A) you will be on, I will note the following:
- Our Blue and Green teams will be practicing together all winter (and fall), and all the kids in each grade (40) will have the same coaches and practice-mates. The player experience will be almost exactly the same for every player in the grade throughout the fall and winter (only difference may be the teams may split at times to go over settled O and D). In summer time there may be a bit more segregation of the teams as coaches prepare for the tournaments and want to get the kids on the same page... but when looking at the developmental core of the Skipjacks program, the experience is the same regardless of the team you are on.
- Being one of the stronger players on a single A teams is, for most developing youth players, a great opportunity to gain confidence and leadership skills.
- It's just not as big a deal as you may think... Every year I have conversations with frustrated parents who feel their kid deserved to be on an AA team. And, in almost all cases, within a few weeks the player is having too much fun to care what team he is on and the parents realize that it is much less of an issue than they originally thought.