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Youth Soccer: Challenges Associated with Tryouts

Youth Soccer Insight: Challenges Associated with Tryouts

For over a decade, I have worked closely with many towns to try to create the “perfect” evaluation tools for team selection and player placement. The conversation about tryouts with youth sport organizations should stress the importance of understanding the mental and psychology impact of these events on the players. For anyone involved with youth sports one element must stay true when creating tryout sessions, that the players do not get discouraged because of the process that adults have created.

There are many methods that towns may adopt when trying to rank players from highest to lower. Many youth sport administrators prefer to hire outside coaches/soccer companies to play a central role in the placement of its players.

As an owner of one of those soccer companies I struggle with the fact that we are responsible for the teams created for the town. I spend countless hours determining which station type activities will truly get to the heart of what we are trying to assess. I make sure evaluators understand what each of the ratings signifies and the precise elements we are measuring.

One challenge that always sticks in my gut is it really possible that a group of outside evaluators can see enough from a player in a 60 minute or 90 minute tryout session?