It can happen (trust me I know!); the day is approaching and you even have it marked on your smart phone. Your child has been practicing his/her heart out working on powerskating and getting that wrist shot going. Boy the quick release is sure coming along!
You go for groceries one Sunday morning and while you sit in the parking lot is dawn’s on you that this is the second day of the tryout and you COMPLETELY FORGOT! After the feeling of dread subsides you need to calm down and pay close attention – it is STILL possible to get a tryout or maybe a spot on their development squad.
Follow these instructions & make sure your child’s name gets on the coaches clipboard. Modify these suggestions as needed of course.
Coaches have a really tough time deciding who will play and who will not. I have been to a number of them this season providing third party evaluations; I have seen some fantastic players in large numbers on the ice. This type of choice is rarely easy.
The first thing you need to do is CONTACT the coach/manager of the Spring hockey team. Explain that life got in the way and that you missed the tryout. People are all the same, it happens and if you do not contact them your name will be forgotten.
Ask if there is anything you can do; will there be another tryout? (This is the biggest question & the coaches will let you know… remember it is in the team’s best benefit to draw as many players to the tryouts as possible.) Did they get the numbers they were looking for? (This is a big one too. If your child athlete is a Forward, best ask if they are still looking for Forwards!) Could you possibly send video of your child on the ice?
If you do not ask you will never know. The best way I can explain it is that the child not making the tryout is not their fault, if there is anything you can do to get the coach to see your child then it is worth a shot right?
If you want your child to be seen by the coaching staff you need to offer that opportunity with the least amount of inconvenience for the coaching staff. Remember, while many are paid coaches, they probably haven’t received any salary yet.
A potential solution: where I live in Western Canada there are arenas all over, many offer weekly public skating as well as ‘stick and puck’ where the player can work on technique within their own age groups. There are also public shinny times throughout the week.
Contact the coach, ask them if they would be available to come watch your player at one of these arenas during these times. Also during ‘stick & puck’ there are always coaches on the ice with individual players. If you ask politely you may just get a coach to agree to come out & run your child through some drills. Try offering them coffee & $20 for fuel even.
Their roster may be chosen but until all payments are made nothing is set in stone. There are always some parents who back out at the last minute.
Another other option that may be available is to ask about a development squad or practice roster. Sometimes the team is set however as a development tool some teams offer a few players spots on a ‘Black Aces’ program. This allows a player to get involved with the team on a limited basis (maybe all practices but no guarantee for games); usually this is offered at a lower cost and the player gets their own jersey and can be called up at any time due to injury or low numbers.
I have experienced this ‘Black Ace’ program first hand, if it is the offered I would recommend jumping at it.
In conclusion the point is that if you miss the tryout for whatever reason, by contacting the coach you are at least keeping your child’s name in the game and who knows you may just offer the team their most dedicated player/parent combo!
You have to ask though, simply letting the date come and go and not going after it could be a missed opportunity for your child.