You’re pretty much spot on. I use to attend those tryout events and such at first, but soon found the entire process was a wakeup call for all in attendance. The expectations of those players that were considered aces at home, soon found themselves the jokers in the deck.
It came as no surprise of the chorus of some, mumbling sour grapes as they left and headed for the parking lot. A couple of dads, along with their sons, had the same complaints - “these guys don’t know talent if it bit’em in the face”, " what a shame to see politics at this level," “that’s ok son, we’ weren’t going to send you here anyway,” and on it went.
What people don’t understand is that the coaching ranks in college are employed to do a certain job that requires a lot of skill to stay employed. Putting together an athlete team, I don’t care what the sport, has influences that come form many directions. Doing one’s homework by researching the historical patterns of who gets what, why, and where, is just as important as researching a potential employer, job opportunities and so forth.
Finally, and here’s one question that surprised many attending some of the campus tryout camps that I was allowed to see - “what major do you intend on taking?” The shrug of the shoulders, the tilt of the head along with… “Ahhhh… I don’t know…” doesn’t sit well with a coaching staff. First off it doesn’t show much real interest in the institution, and second, it sure in heck doesn’t show any real thought process of why a potential candidate would want to go to college in the first place. On the other hand, a major that requires tons of academic dedication, that’s going to subordinate the baseball program, isn’t exactly what a coach and the recruitment staff want to hear.
It’s a shame that going through an institution’s tryout came/event isn’t used for a life’s experiences later on. The entire process kind-a strips away the sugar coating of adolescence. (well, from were I sit anyway.)