Left Maryland last weekend to attend Sunday night and well worth it. Prime time and Lax Clash were a waste. Especially Lax Clash, No competition to speak of. Rather have my kid one of 80 in front of 15 head coaches then 1 of several hundred in front of assistants that spend more time on their phone than watching. Although previous poster was correct that many of best players did not attend, a few did shine .Coaches know what they are looking for. Speaking of a Florida Team beating YJ's, a 2020 goalie from Florida was at showcase and was insanely good. good as any I have seen in the class.
You're new to this aren't you? The assistants are looking at the tournament rosters on their phone and taking notes. There are others with tablets if they prefer to carry the extra device. But, there are very few that carry the big binders around in their hands. Those are usually in their backpacks or they just opt not to get one. The coaches that do receive programs/rosters from some teams at fields will usually use those to jot down notes or check to see who is committed because the rosters passed out by the teams are up to date. If you think those assistants that are sitting near you are not paying attention and just texting away to their buddies - you are probably one of those parents spouting off constantly at the refs and trying to coach your kid from the sidelines. We are on our third and last kid in this process/game - the coaches don't need to watch for too long and they also are not concerned about how good your kid is dodging around cones or picking up ground balls at a clinic. They want to see how your kid performs against the Maryland kids or deals with adversity while getting beat by a Maryland team. If your team just rolled over the competition - good, then I hope your daughter won with grace and showed sportsmanship.
The girls,in general, show more Grace and sportsmanship than 90 % of the posters here. Each kid is different each person's process is different. Show some of that Grace and sportsmanship and allow others to do as they see fit without your expert knowledge. If you went to MD this weekend and your kids found it valuable awesome! If you went to the igloo event and your kid found it valuable awesome. To each their own
And I don't quite get the money thing. What does it cost to go to a tournament? Hotel/Meals/Milage & gas/tournament fee ... most of the time it approaches $400-$600 anyway, right?
For all you newbies to the process: An Elite Camp/Event is when you are chosen and invited. IE: The Elite 120 which truly was with some exceptions the Best of the East Coast top clubs. After the new rule these are money grabs. Notice how many have popped up in the last year? If you r club is on the weaker side I guess spend the money if you think Sally is going to work hard and shine. Otherwise the coaches say Thank you for Shopping...Elite 80? really? I would love to know the make up of that group. Look up the definition of Elite- The Elite 120 was ELITE. Some of the folks who have older kids know what I'm talking about.