This week is Georgia Soccer’s designated week for Academy tryouts. Thus, our early evening has been filled with Soccer again this week for one last time before the summer.
Aidan was enthusiastic about starting tryouts Tuesday evening. After a couple of week layoff from organized soccer, and being out of school since last week, it was a structured activity to look forward to.
The downside is that it’s the end of May in Atlanta – and temperatures yesterday were close to ninety degrees when the kids took the field at 5 PM.
Our club has between fifty and sixty boys trying out for U9 Academy. Based on 6v6 play, I would expect that they would have 4 teams of 12 players each. There’s also talk of expanding the pool size for U9 to add two more teams, but nothing concrete has been announced. From a numerical standpoint then, you would assume that the majority of the players will make the cut and play in Academy.
But that depends as much on the player’s readiness as the numbers. If the coaches don’t feel players are ready to train at the pace and frequency that Academy entails, then they won’t be selected.
It’s a tough week for the kids – three straight nights of training in the heat for ninety minutes per night. But it’s been mentally taxing for the parents as well.
We don’t have many Pass/Fail tests anymore for eight year-old children in the United States anymore. It’s been systemically removed from schools for this age group. Without causing Aidan added stress for this situation, it’s hard to convey a sense of urgency to him about how he should perform. As parents, we always encourage our kids to do their best or try their hardest – but in reality we know that maximum effort doesn’t always come out.
I’ve also tried to remain as detached as possible from this entire event – apart from driving Aidan to and from the tryout and waiting while he plays. Some of the parents stand up and help their kids during each water break, as well as signing them in each night. I want Aidan to be independent in this event – because he will be independent in many aspects of soccer if he makes the team.
One more night, and then a nervous couple of days until the results.