KJE wrote:In regards to tryouts, the things that have changed from phase 1 are grades, cost, and length. The tryouts have always been "open". I guess I don't understand why we would close the door on new kids? An 8th grader trying out now who doesn't make the team should be allowed to tryout as a ninth grader. How does this change the value? The value is in the training and in the opportunity. I have an athlete who didn't make her respective team, took what she learned and worked hard at it, tried out this year and made the A Team. I guess I don't understand why we wouldn't want to give kids this opportunity? On the flip side, getting cut or not making the team also provides a learning experience. National team players experience this regularly. If we close the doors without opening new ones, the pipeline shrinks. And, in regards to the $, the hours and fees are reducing next year. Taking several things into consideration, the hours are changing to 48, calenders are being reduced to 5 weekends in the relatively off HS season for each region, and fees are reducing to $640. $ are necessary to run the program. Development is the focus. We are trying to find a proper balance...
Kim - I feel that USAWP is listening about the cost consideration and thanks for that. For regional championships this year, what do kids have to pay for - suits, water or drinks, meals, coaches fees, transportation, hotel? What are the costs beyond the $800?
What if you go to the National Training team - what costs do you expect to pay? What ever we can do to reduce the cost for the average player is great. For kids who can't afford it, my understanding is that there is aid availabe. I don't think everyone should have to share in the costs to the National Training camp - is that what happens? It seems like the kids that are chosen should have to pay. If you can't afford it, then apply for aid. That's a lot less expensive for everyone overall. Anywhere that we can cut costs for the average player the better.
What can kids expect as far as schedule goes? Is there training or drilling that will occur at the Regional camp as well as games between the regions?
What kind of security will be implemented at the hotels to keep players safe? How many chaperones are there for the players since parents can't stay at the same hotel? How many players in a hotel room?
What will be done to guarantee that players are eliglible to play for the national teams so we are not wasting our funding on players who are not eliglible like non-US citizens? How will we ensure that they are really the age that they say they are? Will there be quotas for each birth year?