Every coach aiming to be a great coach needs to learn how to
run the tryouts properly. We know that this is essential knowledge, which is
why we wanted to help you with some advice and tips that will enable you to run
A Good Plan Is a Necessity
No tryouts can be accomplished successfully unless you’ve
prepared a plan for it. The method needs to include the athlete check-in but
also a detailed overview of everything that you want to achieve with your
players. These accomplishments should be comprehensive, meaning they need to
include specific skills, team situations, physical testing, drills, and more.
The plan shouldn’t omit the staff, and it should include
what everyone on the staff will be doing during the tryouts. No one should have
too much to do, and all work needs to be separated according to the abilities
of everyone on the staff.
When the plan is ready, you can conduct a session to see if
it will all work well in practice.
You Need to Have all
the Equipment Prepared
The equipment we are talking about is all the equipment used
by you, the staff, and the players. Make a checklist of everything needed and
go through it once all the things are collected, prepared, and ready.
Never forget to have a tryout evaluation form or at least a
printed list of players to take notes on. The Forms need a clipboard as a
basis, and you need pens and pencils to write on them.
Furthermore, all players should have name tags through which
you can identify them and stay organized.
You should also keep a fully charged phone or an extra
battery as you’ll have to use it for taking pictures and videos when you need
and to keep track of the time.
In the end, never forget your whistle or water and snacks
for both the players and the staff. You don’t want anyone getting dehydrated or
spending energy on an empty stomach.
Don’t Forget Warm-Ups
and Cool Downs
For some reason, warm-ups are often overlooked in tryouts,
which is why you should make sure they are included. Every player needs to
properly warm up their muscles as that will reduce the chance of injury.
Warm-ups are also useful for keeping athletes focused and
for keeping them in the same area. They are also beneficial for you if you need
time to talk to the parents.
As much as stretching matters before
physical activities, they also matter immediately afterward. A cool down is a
bit different from the warm-up as it should be a period where players are doing
some more gentle stretches designed to get their heart rates back to normal.
The Bottom Line
If you can follow everything laid out here, you’ll have no
problems while running tryouts. However, remember that everything needs to be
done on time and according to schedule.
Now all that’s left for you is to contact
us if you happen to have some questions.
Many things factor into how well a sport can be played. The
equipment, the weather conditions, the type of field, are all factors. That’s
why we wanted to discuss the difference between synthetic turf and natural
grass field in youth sports and how each affects the way the youth players play
The Benefits of Grass
Some would say that the main benefit of grass is that it’s
natural and looks far better than synthetic turf. However, that’s mostly a
matter of opinion. The more measurable benefits are certainly the facts that
grass does not overheat, and it helps in improving the quality of the air the
Unlike all synthetic grass, natural grass cannot overheat
during the summer when there are more games, and the temperatures are much higher.
When water runs through real grass, the moisture remains in it, which helps it
stay cooler, something that is not the case with synthetic turf.
As for better air quality, grass, just like all other
plants, breaks down pollutants from the air and produces oxygen. That’s useful
for all of us anywhere, but it’s especially helpful if the field in question is
in a larger city where pollution is on a much higher level than in other areas.
The Benefits of Turf
The main advantages of synthetic turfs or any type of
artificial fields are the fact that they are easy to maintain and that they
have a much longer life expectancy. It doesn’t matter how much playing happens
on that turf; it is evident that this type of field lasts much longer than
other types of fields, especially natural grass.
The synthetic grass used in turfs is not immune to problems
as it’s not resistant to tears and rips that soccer shoes and other athletic
equipment usually cause. However, these things still happen less often than
with other fields. That’s also one of the main reasons why there’s less
maintenance required in these fields. There is no mowing and watering to be
done, and there’s no care and fertilizing needed as is the case with natural
grass. There is only occasional rinsing and brushing.
Which is Better?
It’s not an easy question to answer all in all. It seems to
depend on what you and the players require from the field and which benefits
you feel are more desirable.
However, it’s also worth mentioning the injuries that can
occur depending on the type of field the youth players are using. We’ve already written about it before, and it
seems that all research points to the fact that artificial or synthetic turf
can cause more injuries to players than natural grass can.
Now, for some, this might be enough of
a reason not to use synthetic turf as the preferred type of fields on which the
youth athletes are playing. However, it’s still evident that if we are going to
care about the well-being of our children, we shouldn’t opt for turf instead of
grass, even though there’s more maintenance involved.
What do you think?