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If can’t Participate in tryouts due to injury. What to do?
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I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.

My son got injured this week and we were told he will be out 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, this happened at the beginning of tryouts season. He planned on trying out for some new clubs as he is ready for the next level. The only good news is he will be fine for the summer.

He attended the first session of tryouts at one club but performed well below his capabilities due to being sick. He will not be able to complete their other sessions of tryouts. He registered for tryouts at two other clubs but will not be to participate at all.

Is there a way for a new team to look at him if he can not participate in tryouts. He has not gone to open practices.

Could you recommend how to approach the club he already attended one session of tryouts as well as the ones he can not participate in at all.

Thank you in advance for your advice.


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Originally Posted by Dukes69
I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.

My son got injured this week and we were told he will be out 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, this happened at the beginning of tryouts season. He planned on trying out for some new clubs as he is ready for the next level. The only good news is he will be fine for the summer.

He attended the first session of tryouts at one club but performed well below his capabilities due to being sick. He will not be able to complete their other sessions of tryouts. He registered for tryouts at two other clubs but will not be to participate at all.

Is there a way for a new team to look at him if he can not participate in tryouts. He has not gone to open practices.

Could you recommend how to approach the club he already attended one session of tryouts as well as the ones he can not participate in at all.

Thank you in advance for your advice.




All teams will continue to add players over the summer. Tryouts are not the only way to make a team anymore.

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Anonymous #707097 05/28/18 12:21 PM
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For future reference always go to open practices if you are interested in a team for your .They Are wink wink tryouts.Most teams know who they want way before the official tryouts

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What age group

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
For future reference always go to open practices if you are interested in a team for your .They Are wink wink tryouts.Most teams know who they want way before the official tryouts


Definitely true but the poster can't change that now.

To the poster: For now ask your current club if you can "wait and see." If the coach is encouraging they might work with you. Reach out to the other coaches and ask if your kid can come to practices once they start back up again. Worse case is play with your current club in the fall and get your player to other club practices. Sometimes players move teams or quit after the fall. I would also recommend going to watch some games at those clubs during the fall. You'll see how skilled they are (or aren't), the level of competition, and how the coach interacts with the players. If your kid is a baller there will be a spot for him. A club that will take him sight unseen is a club you don't want.

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My daughter is in a similar situation
She was only able to try out with one club before getting injured and was not to attend all the tryout sessions. There is one session left.

She also signed up for other tryouts but obviously will not be able to play.
Can anyone suggest how to approach the club that saw her but not at her best.
Should we email the club. What would you recommend we say?
Alternatively, My daughter’s came up with the idea of attending the last tryout even though she can’t participate to show the trainers how committed she is. Is that a good idea?

Some of the other clubs she has not tried out for yet does not have a specific contact person. Would it make sense to show up there as well. What would you recommend we say?

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Dukes69 #707159 05/29/18 08:40 AM
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Yes. Good idea to attend, though injured.

As to what you should say to those making the decisions., time for the sell job.

"I think you will like my daughter/son when you see her/him at full strength. We like what we see in your club. We think its an excellent fit"

Say that last part even if you are not sure it is true.

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The answer to this question really depends on what age group the player in question is.

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Will be freshman in high school next fall, u 15

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Will be freshman in high school next fall, u 15


Unless she was trying for a top team I wouldn't worry too much. Most club have supplemental tryouts as soon as HS is over to fill a few spots. Make sure the other clubs know you're interested. , Problem with showing up at tryouts is the coaches are busy (assuming they're doing their jobs). Not much time to talk. It's a nice gesture but not necessary. Better bet is go watch the teams play if you can to make sure it's a good fit (for all you know it's a bad fit and not worth worrying about) and introduce yourself after game. You learn something and it still demonstrates interest. win win

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Will be freshman in high school next fall, u 15


Unless she was trying for a top team I wouldn't worry too much. Most club have supplemental tryouts as soon as HS is over to fill a few spots. Make sure the other clubs know you're interested. , Problem with showing up at tryouts is the coaches are busy (assuming they're doing their jobs). Not much time to talk. It's a nice gesture but not necessary. Better bet is go watch the teams play if you can to make sure it's a good fit (for all you know it's a bad fit and not worth worrying about) and introduce yourself after game. You learn something and it still demonstrates interest. win win

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Looking at top team

Unless she was trying for a top team I wouldn't worry too much. Most club have supplemental tryouts as soon as HS is over to fill a few spots. Make sure the other clubs know you're interested. , Problem with showing up at tryouts is the coaches are busy (assuming they're doing their jobs). Not much time to talk. It's a nice gesture but not necessary. Better bet is go watch the teams play if you can to make sure it's a good fit (for all you know it's a bad fit and not worth worrying about) and introduce yourself after game. You learn something and it still demonstrates interest. win win

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Will be freshman in high school next fall, u 15


Unless she was trying for a top team I wouldn't worry too much. Most club have supplemental tryouts as soon as HS is over to fill a few spots. Make sure the other clubs know you're interested. , Problem with showing up at tryouts is the coaches are busy (assuming they're doing their jobs). Not much time to talk. It's a nice gesture but not necessary. Better bet is go watch the teams play if you can to make sure it's a good fit (for all you know it's a bad fit and not worth worrying about) and introduce yourself after game. You learn something and it still demonstrates interest. win win

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Most top team rosters will be locked up even before "tryouts." As others said, continue to express interest and try and get them to a practice either when practices start back up. Don't have them tryout if not full strength. You only have one chance to make a good impression. There's also the risk of re-injury - not worth it. It's lousy timing but not the end of the world.

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We had a similar situation a couple of years ago with a leg injury at a Memorial Weekend tournament so missed all tryouts.

My kid wanted to change clubs before the injury and we did not resign with the old team in the summer and became a "free" player. The player used the high school season to get in shape and started and became a key player for the HS team and about midway through the high school season we contacted the coach of the team interested in joining. Most teams will take on a player late into the fall and winter if they can make the team better. The coach came by a couple of high school games, talked to the club team players who were familiar with the prospect and had an invite to open practices. After 2-3 open practices towards the end of high school ball the player received an offer and all worked out. It certainly helps to be competitive toward the top half of the roster.

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