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Tryout Shenanigans

September 2 2011 at 6:01 AM
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OK, Tier II tryouts are officially underway, good luck to all. Please post any great tryout stories here.

 
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September 2 2011, 11:54 AM 

Not a lot of drama from Sabreland. Large numbers (650+), lots of goalies gone to AAA. Ice conditions are poor at Rocket with the hot weather, better at All Seasons.30-40 kids on the ice for each session at all levels. They'll be major cuts for even house this year. Haven't seen the mm/MMs yet

 
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What tryouts ? ?

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September 4 2011, 4:36 PM 

Tryouts are a complete money grab, plain and simple. Coaches know or are told who to pick before tryouts even begin. I have had one son who only had to go to 1 day of tryouts before and I have had one who has had to go to 4 days. Any coach or director at any rink can tell you until they are blue in the face that they evaluate everyone evenly. The entire process is a joke, I would rather just sign up and skip the whole process and just have them tell me where he is going to play. Look at tryout fees at all the clubs, and with the exception of a few, the price is rediculous. (a.k.a Cyclones). My favorite though is to see kids who are cut from one team and play on a lower team, skate with the higher team and then torch them, I root for them all the time during skills. I have learned through a long time throughout this entire process that the correct kids are never picked and there is not one thing you can do about it.

 
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Re: What tryouts ? ?

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September 4 2011, 4:40 PM 

everything in life is a money grab. It's called capitalism and it takes no prisoners.

 
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September 4 2011, 4:58 PM 

I agree wholeheartedly with that statement, but come on, enough is enough

 
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Re: What tryouts ? ?

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September 4 2011, 6:29 PM 

Of course the coaches know who they are going to pick, if they didn't, they wouldn't be doing their job. The tryouts are for the last couple spots on the team

 
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Re: What tryouts ? ?

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September 5 2011, 11:28 AM 

the final kids are picked according to how long the parents can survive bucket night at the picnic table in crestwood

 
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leafs

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September 5 2011, 2:58 PM 

what are they hiding,that they have to paperthe doors what a joke

 
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September 6 2011, 9:10 AM 

Not hiding anything. It is done to protect the kids. If parents are out there comparing kids, then chaos happens. Then this results in kids becoming enemies and then you have even bigger problems. Tryouts should be closed to us, there is nothing any one of us can say or do to change anybody in charges mind so why waste time. I made a complete ass out of myself over this and have learned it is not worth the aggrevation

 
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September 6 2011, 9:21 AM 

Insane parents or not tryouts should be open. We are paying the salaries of all the coaches and they should be held accountable.

 
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September 6 2011, 1:56 PM 

RELAX.....it's just a game!!! Your comment is exactly WHY tryouts ARE closed!!!!!

 
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September 6 2011, 2:38 PM 

Maybe clubs should consider hiring outside qualified nonpartial consultant coaches to pick their teams, this way every player would get a fair evaluation.

 
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September 6 2011, 3:22 PM 

every one should spend an hour at the picnic table in front of the rink, before tryouts start, get a few in them, then go watch the tryouts, and voice their opinions....dont forget everyone adds to the cooler or dont come!

 
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September 7 2011, 5:55 AM 

Yea that's whats I want someone independent picking my team. Sorry but as a Coach I prefer to choose my team. The toughest choices really come down to the last few spots on the team. Just a bit of advice to parents when it comes down to this your role and demeanor play a HUGE role in the decision. Coaches do talk and if you were a pain in the ass parent always bitching the year before you are probably hurting your players chances.

 
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September 7 2011, 6:05 AM 

the 01 Falcons had a 1 day tryout and then left for a laborday tourney is St. Louis. Now that's being efficient.

 
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WTH?

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September 7 2011, 6:44 AM 

"Maybe clubs should consider hiring outside qualified nonpartial consultant coaches to pick their teams, this way every player would get a fair evaluation. "

Do you have dads coaching in your program? Most coaches are outside and impartial since they dont have a kid on the team.

And yes...when on the bubble...lunatic parents are a factor. They can take down the whole team, especially when their kid is the last pick and may struggle early in the season.


 
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The best way

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September 7 2011, 7:34 AM 

All the coaches at the level contribute to the decision for the players. However, ultimately the specific coach has the call. Most of the coaches at the level and the director of the program know exactly how good the players are, so they are really evaluating only the bubble players and new players to the program.
Parents not allowed in the tryouts has been successful. Sometimes a board member is viewing the tryout just for an extra eye, but not part of the decision process. However, it is not a perfect system and a mistake is imminent, you just have to live with it. However, if your boy/girl doesn't make the top team, they will excel, gain confidence, make more friends, and get the most ice time at the lower level team. Problems do happen when the boards get involved and push you to take a player, or a parent says this player has to be with this player.

 
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Thats why I like the Blues

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September 7 2011, 11:30 AM 

While my son made the number 1 team, my wife and I spoke and would have been just as happy had he not. The coaches of both teams are excellent and I know he would have had a blast on either team as well as become a better hockey player. It seems to me parents of Squirt age players and younger need to back off and realize what their kids need to get out of this...enjoyment, life lessons, incredible exercise and a sharing a passion for a great game. I hope all of you are as happy for your kids and excited about the upcoming season as my wife and I are.

 
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The last few spots....

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September 7 2011, 12:16 PM 

"The toughest choices really come down to the last few spots on the team. Just a bit of advice to parents when it comes down to this your role and demeanor play a HUGE role in the decision. Coaches do talk and if you were a pain in the ass parent always bitching the year before you are probably hurting your players chances."

The last few spots are where the shenanigans occur. If you'er always cornering the coaches, buying the drinks and dinner, and just happen to have great seasons tickets to the Blackhawks then that doesn't hurt your players chances either. I know life isn't fair, but we are talking about a bunch of kids. Do we want kids who love the game, or a bunch of jaded cynics?

 
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that's your call pal

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September 7 2011, 1:15 PM 

You have a huge role in whether your kid loves the game or becomes a jaded cynic off the tryout process. Even if he thinks it is wrong, he will listen to your opinion.

So, answer your own question when it comes to your kid. And do right by him, no matter what the voice of authority decides. He will face bad calls here and there all season, and for the rest of his life. Or do you think his futures bosses at work will always pick him for raises and promotions over all others? Get real, this process continues on in many forms so your kid better learn how to handle it and rise above challenges.




 
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