Pre-Season – How it Works- – -
The following is an overview of HHS Girls Soccer Pre-Season for 2014 – this should be most helpful to those new to HHS:
Pre-season starts with an informational meeting for all players on Sunday August 17 – 4:00pm at the HHS Track. This will include introductions, overview of sessions to come and final reminders. Immediately following the meeting, candidates for the Varsity team will run a 1200 meter time trial on the track. (Information regarding pre-season testing has been posted under ‘Pre-Season ’14.)
Regular pre-season sessions will start on the morning of Monday August 18 and continue through the first day of school – Wednesday August 27. A detailed schedule for the first week will be posted on this blog during the next week – the remainder of the schedule will be posted before pre-season begins. While there will be ‘off’ days, soccer is a significant commitment over this period.
A great deal gets accomplished during pre-season:
Physical Testing – running and agility tests.
Tryouts – there are three team levels: Varsity; Jr. Varsity and Reserve – all who register for soccer will be placed on a team. We encourage participation in the program and want everyone to play. Participation in all three teams includes a full training schedule and scheduled games over the course of the season.
Fitness – we hope that you have been spending time over the summer increasing your fitness and, when possible, playing soccer. Fitness levels will be ‘enhanced’ during pre-season.
Scrimmages – non-official games versus other area high school/club programs.
Orientation for Players and Parents – ongoing communication regarding soccer at HHS – regulations, expectations, traditions, etc. This will include a scheduled parent/player meeting – for all players and parents (Likely Date: Monday August 25 – 7:00pm – at HHS).
Expectations – players should plan on coming to each pre-season session with the following:
Gear – t-shirt (white or gray please), soccer shorts, legal shinguards, cleats, extra gear for rain/cold etc.;
Drinks – bring more than you think you need – it can get very hot during late August – at least two bottles;
Mouth-guard(s) – regulations require mouth-guards for all games – you might as well get used to it during training;
Fitness – if you are not fit before pre-season begins you will not be able to perform up to your ability during tryouts – and – injury becomes much more likely
Ball: a #5 fully inflated ball.
A positive attitude.
Choices – players must make a clear choice between being a “Varsity Candidate” or a “Non-Varsity” candidates. Varsity Candidates have stated that they would like to be considered for the Varsity team and commit to a more extensive pre-season schedule (daily double sessions through most of pre-season). Non-Varsity candidates are not asking to be considered for inclusion on the Varsity roster – and have a lesser commitment during pre-season (single sessions through pre-season). In both instances, the coaching staff will make final decisions regarding team placement. Team placement will occur in stages during the pre-season period – (specific dates will be noted on the pre-season schedule). You will be asked to make a final Varsity – Non-Varsity candidate choice at the organizational meeting on August 17. It is very helpful – and we encourage you – to communicate this choice to the coaching staff in advance – please email Coach Kennedy with this information.
Should I be a Varsity Candidate? – even if you think you won’t make Varsity this year, but would like to make Varsity in a future year, the best choice is to be a Varsity Candidate. This will provide you with more rigorous pre-season training, let you know how you stand competitively and – perhaps most importantly – let the coaches know that you’re serious about playing soccer. If, on the other hand, you would prefer to forego Varsity tryouts this year – we’re happy to have you out there and this choice will not affect your placement in future years.
I’m going to miss some of Tryouts/Pre-Season – as a matter of policy, players who miss the first week of tryouts or who wait until the beginning of school (August 27) to show up will be placed on the Reserve Team. If their play is subsequently judged to be of strong quality, it is possible that they will be moved to the Jr. Varsity team. Attendance during the first full week of Pre-Season is required for placement on the Varsity team; those who attend a part of the first week may get consideration for the Jr. Varsity team. Injuries or other extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis. In the event that you will be starting soccer later than Aug 17 – it is essential that you communicate with us regarding your date of arrival – please do this in advance.
Doug Kennedy – firstname.lastname@example.org