Can anybody please explain the difference between an open practice and regular tryouts? I apologize but this is new to me.
Among other questions-
What are coaches looking for from a prospective player in an open practice?
What is the process/ protocol for a player to be offered a spot or rejected after attending an open practice?
When is the best time to attend an open practice- one of the early sessions or one of the last sessions for evaluation?
Ordinarily, does a player attend more than one open practice or just one to be evaluated?
Is it easier or harder to earn a spot at an open practice vs regular tryouts?
If a team is not having regular tryouts but only offering attendance at an open practice, does that mean it’s harder to make the team?
Any additional information would also be welcome.
GOOD QUESTIONS. Why doesn’t anyone answer. I would like to know as well.
Clubs are looking for players that will make the team better. They're less likely to cut a current player for someone who is similar to what they already have. That means your player needs to be in the top half of who's on the field. It is very difficult to stand out at cattle call tryouts where they're trying to assess 40 kids at once. At a practice your player may be the only non team player, or maybe they have 2 or 3 others. The coach can really focus on the ones he's evaluating, not only for skill but how they fit within the context of his current roster.
As for the other questions it really can vary team to team in terms of how many practices you go to, how quickly they get back to you etc. Timing? You go when they ask you to come. It's mid April and you're running out of time if you want to have your kid go to a practice session.
Keep in mind they also are scouting competitor's players during the year but those players aren't allowed to attend a practice without permission from their current club (yeah, good luck with that). But they get to see the kid in game play against their team and can go watch them play in other games. Involved clubs also scout non league players to see them in games. In other words, there's no telling who you're really competing against.