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02-15-2008, 11:40 AM
Join Date: Sep 2006
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...The one thing I dont like about try-outs is that, at least localy, the coach may not post a list of preselected players nor state there are limited slots. I think it would make for a much better process if it is either known how many slots "might" be available or if there have been any "pre-selected RETURNING" players. From a player stand point alone, it would def inspire them to do their best knowing how few actual slots are up for grabs....
When your child joins the team, you join, also. Your behavior as a parent will have its impact on 16 or so other families and their level of enjoyment in the coming season. With the last 8 seasons being from a parental perspective, I have seen both good and ugly. With just one negative influence there can be a huge drop in the seasons "fun" factor. I have never known a child to NOT be selected because the childs parents are unknown. It is more advantagous to be an unknown than a known negative influence. I have even personally seen a child make a team with the coach well aware of the Dads "history". I think it only took 3 practices before the dad got into it with someone about the costs and left, taking his son off the team. If hte child is truely good at the game, they will make the team.
RELAX......ITS JUST A GAME. I Love that slogan.
I really like your suggestion about having pre-selected returning players, although I can see where even that would cause some parents and players distress. I don't mean to be cynical, but regardless of how teams are picked, I don't believe there will ever be a season (hockey, or baseball, or soccer or figure skating....) where someone doesn't feel they or their child has been 'done wrong by' for one reason or another. It's the state of human nature, don't you think? Every person has their own definition of skill and talent, and a lot of times that becomes clouded when it's your own child. The really funny thing is the parents who are most vocal are often the ones who feel their players are stronger than they really are, and get really offended if anyone even suggests otherwise.
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