Going back to my days, the coaches would make cuts during the tryout session. “I have 20 uniforms to fill and there are over 30 of you here. You do the math.” It was pretty harsh. As soon as a kid was tapped out, everyone else elevated their game and did not want to be the next one tapped on the shoulder. My sophomore year, a kid was cut during warm up. The coach wanted to maximize his looks at the kids on the bubble and didn’t want to waste his time looking at kids with absolutely no chance to suit up.
It’s a little different now. Kids tryout all week and the cut is made at the very end. Congratulations you made the Varsity/JV roster or…Unfortunately we can’t keep everyone… I liked your blah, blah, blah. I think you should spend time developing blah, blah, blah. I see your role as blah, blah, blah. or…(if you didn’t make it) If you want a legitimate opportunity to make a roster next year, you need to blah, blah, blah.