Soccer tryouts for the 2017 MVHS soccer team went on Feb. 28-March 1.
Due to the cold weather and snow among the fields, the tryouts were held indoors. They took place on the MVHS basketball courts.
The goal for the coaches was to fill the roster for 3 teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity and Sophomore-Freshman. With 16 spots per team available, only 48 players could be placed on a team.
There were roughly 100 people trying out for a spot on a team, leaving more than half of them to be heartbroken.
Tryouts spanned three days; the first day contained the 40-yard dash and the mile. Players’ times were recorded and used to scout out the speed and endurance of the player.
The second day, players were placed into teams of 4 and played 4 vs. 4 games throughout the basketball courts of Mountain View, with one of the games even being held in the wrestling room.
Depending on which court players were placed on, they would either switch off and have two other teams come on after a five minute period of playtime, or maybe the first team to score two goals stayed on and another team comes on to replace the losing team.
The third and final day consisted of players being placed in teams of five and playing 5 vs. 5 games in three game courts laid out around Mountain View. One game court was at the back of the main basketball gym, one was on the main court of the main gym, and one was in the court of the auxiliary gym.
The coaches sat among the bleachers in front of the main court and mostly scouted players who were playing on there. Each time they rotated and got a chance to play on this team and play in front of the coaching team.
Each soccer “field” was on a basketball court, using the boundaries of basketball for a small, enclosed soccer playing field. It required much ball control and good performance with little space.
Indoor soccer differs much from outdoor, casual soccer. The ball rolls more, there’s not much space to make runs and long through balls, and the all-around play of it is very different from outdoor. Players who excel indoor may not do as well outdoor, and players who excel outdoor may not do as well indoor.
About 10 minutes after the final session of try outs on March 1 was finished, the coaches brought out their printed list of the final rosters of the teams they had chosen. The list was placed on the wall in the hallway near the gyms where all the players rushed to see, in hopes that their names were on that list.