This was originally published as a 3-part series. Part 2 was written for clubs/coaches, while part 3 was written for parents/players. You can scroll directly to either of these sections below. For coaches and clubs, go to "There's a Better Way." For parents and players, go to "A Parent's Guide." I hate tryouts. It is one of the worst aspects of youth soccer and, for me, the most dreaded time of year.
Tryouts are when many of the reasonable people – coaches, parents, adminis