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By Alex Kos For many young players, there is nothing more nerve-wracking than trying out for a team. The reasons are plentiful.
The tryout is not much easier for the coach. Sure it is fun to see and evaluate new talent, especially when a player you have never seen before or heard anything about makes a favorable impression. But there is usually nothing harder a coach will have to do the whole season than having to tell a young player that he or she did not make the team.
As a coach for a of competitive teams, I have learned over the years some very good practices that make these difficult decisions easier for the coaches as well as for the players and parents. Also tell the parent that you want to send a thank you letter to Billy that will include an overview of the positives and what he should work on.
An could work, but a letter is more meaningful.
When you are done, make sure you get an opportunity to talk with a parent. If they don't call back and the next day there is still no answer, send them an. When you run into them, call them by name and ask how they are doing. I am terrible with names so when I don't remember a name, I ask them to remind me. Keep this information in a paper notebook you carry with you in a PDA or phone. When you happen across a game that features one of these teams, watch the game. If time permits, talk with the player and parents after the game.
If you see improvement in Billy's game, especially in the areas you mentioned that needed work, mention it.
If you don't have time, send them an. Yes, taking the time to call 10, 20, or plus players is time consuming and composing notes about the positives and areas for improvement for each player requires a great deal of effort.
But I believe, especially with young players, tryouts must not be a bad experience. Taking the extra time and effort and showing care and compassion will mean a lot to the players and their parents who did not make the team.
Alex Kos ' experiences as a player, coach, referee, parent and fan are shared in his blog, Improving Soccer in the United Stateswhere this article first appeared. Westchester Youth Soccer League. Tryouts: The Worst Part of Coaching.Call to tryouts
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