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Elite Team Tryouts: A Harsh Reality with a Silver Lining

Posted by Barry Marenberg on September 22, 2011

Many times over the years, and more and more recently, parents have called or emailed me after their sons have attended tryouts for elite lax teams.  Often they are confused about how their sons are evaluated and then why their sons didn’t make it and why they were charged so much money for a 90 minute or 2 hour tryout.  After hearing from so many parents and responding to each and every one of them in kind, I drafted an article that was posted online today by my good buddy, Connor Wilson, the editor of Lacrosse AllStars.  I think (hope!) the article will give everyone some insight into the hows and whys of these elite lacrosse team tryouts that your sons partake in.  Give it a read by clicking the following link: Lacrosse Elite Team Tryouts and let me have your thoughts, comments and additional questions (there is a comment button at the end of the post).


– Coach B

I plan to add this article as a hardcopy to the top of the blog at some point.


2 Responses to “Elite Team Tryouts: A Harsh Reality with a Silver Lining”

  1. Krazy Kat said

    What about tryout fees for youth recreation lacrosse ? What your thoughts on that?

    • Barry Marenberg said

      In my town’s Rec program we do not hold a tryout and thus do not charge a fee. I am not familiar with any Rec lax teams in my immediate area that does this. Obviously from your question it is done in other places. I think different programs may have different circumstances but in my view, the Rec program is the program that is open to all players of all skill levels. Thats why there are elite programs that operate in the “off seasons” and these are the programs that have tryouts and select the “best”. I have heard that in programs where there are huge numbers for a particular grade, a tryout may be held to split the team into “A” and “B” squads but unless there is a fiscal need to raise funds (with advance notice provided), I can’t see charging for a Rec team tryout.

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