Fall Sports Tryouts

July 13, 2017

UA Students and Families,

Hello to all of our UA families! In just a few weeks we will officially be kicking off the 2017-18 school year with tryouts for our fall teams. The Athletic Department wants to encourage all of our UA students that have participated in a sport or have a genuine interest to consider trying out. Tryouts can be intimidating but you will never know if you would make a team unless you try out! It is important to read through all the information provided to ensure that as a family you are prepared for the Fall Season.

You need to adhere to all deadlines in order to be considered for a team. Please mark your calendar with the important dates and be sure you have all of your medical forms turned in by Friday July 14, 2017.

These forms are available on our website and should be dropped off at UA or given to the varsity head coach at a summer activity. You may not tryout if we do not have your forms prior to Aug. 1.

Athletic and Medical Forms

Dates for tryouts are listed below and I suggest emailing the varsity coach to ensure they have the most updated email for you in case there are any weather related issues or changes to the tryout schedules.

Tryout Dates for Fall Teams

Cross Country Tryouts

@ Ursuline Academy (Gym East Doors)

Coach Rachel Bea: rachelbea12@gmail.com

Aug. 1, 2 & 3

7:30 am – 9:30 am

Field Hockey Tryouts

@ Blue Ash Sports Center

Coach Mallory Mosko: Mallory.m.naber@gmail.com

Aug. 1, 2 & 3

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Golf Tryouts

@ O’Bannon Creek Golf Club

Coach Marianne Sahms: sahmsm@fuse.net

Aug. 1: Returning Players will play 18 holes (7:15 AM - until approximately 12:30 PM).

Girls trying out for golf for the first time will do the skills test (8:30 AM - 10:30 AM).

Aug. 2: Incoming freshman and other new golfers will play 9 holes (7:30 AM - 10:00 AM).

Returning players will take the skills test (9:30 AM -12:00 PM).

Aug. 4: Based on the scores from Tues./Wed. some players will play 9 holes (7:30 AM - 10:00 AM).

All others will practice skills from 9:00 AM -11:00 AM.

Soccer Tryouts

@ Blue Ash Sports Center

Coach Colleen Dehring: cdehring@ursulineacademy.org

Aug. 1 & 2, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Aug. 3, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tennis Tryouts

@ Blue Ash Recreation Center

Coach Joe Hartkemeyer: joestx@hotmail.com

Aug. 1: Freshman & Sophomores 1:30-4:30 pm, Juniors 3:00-6:00 pm, Seniors 4:00-7:00 pm

Aug. 2: Group A 1:30-4:30 pm Group U 4:00-7:00pm

Aug. 3 Group U 3:30-6:30 pm Group A 5:30-8:00 pm

Aug. 4 Group U 3:30-6:30 pm Group A 5:30-7:30 pm

Volleyball Tryouts

@ Ursuline Academy (Gym East Doors)

Coach Jeni Case: jenicase@zoomtown.com

Aug. 1, 2 & 3

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fall Teams Pictures and Parent Night are Thurs. Aug. 10

Parent Night is mandatory and at least one parent and the student Athlete must attend.

Parent Night will begin at 7:00 pm in the main gym. Spirit wear and the Athletic Fee can be paid from 6:00-7:00.

Pizza, Fruit and Water will be provided for our teams and families.

Picture times for each team:

9:30 am Varsity Soccer & Reserve Soccer

9:45 am Cross Country

10:00 am Varsity Golf & Reserve Golf

10:15 am Varsity & Reserve Volleyball

10:30 am Freshman Volleyball & Reserve Tennis

11:00 am Varsity A Tennis & Varsity B Tennis

11:15 am Varsity Field Hockey & JV Field Hockey

Athletic Fee:

(Make checks payable to Ursuline Academy Athletics)

The athletic fee for a student/athlete playing one sport is $250.00 + $15.00 for raffle tickets. Total $265.00

Siblings or a second sport is an additional fee of $100.00 + 265.00 = $365.00

We ask all Fall Families to pay the fee at the mandatory Parent Meeting on August 10.

This fee is not intended to keep any student from participating.

Tips and FAQs for Tryouts

Tips for tryouts:

Prepare for the outcome in advance

Talk as a family prior to and during tryouts. Be prepared for any possible outcome. Walk through each scenario and have a plan as a family. Being prepared prior to the outcome helps everyone move forward in a more positive and constructive manner.

What to bring to Tryouts…..

Come with a great attitude and give your best effort. Listen and be respectful to the coaches even when you are hot, tired and exhausted. Understand that tryouts are necessary and at Ursuline we believe that as a Division I school it is important to maintain tryouts for all teams. Every program will conduct a try out period and our coaches will select our teams based on several factors. Three main factors that are considered by our coaching staff for team selections are:

1. Skill level of the overall group - The staff will access each individual’s skill level and compare it to the level of the overall group. This varies from year to year so it is important to always bring your best effort throughout the tryout session. All girls from the previous season are evaluated against the skill level of the current group trying out.

2. Personal Preparedness - Another area of great importance when evaluating the overall group is the physical conditioning and mental toughness of all those trying out. Good skills coupled with great cardiovascular and physical strength are advantages when trying out. Being mentally sharp and knowledgeable of the game is also helpful.

3. Team Awareness and Attitude – It is important to understand what it takes to be a contributing part of a team. Embrace tryouts and the time with your potential teammates and coaches. Keep your attitude in check…if it isn’t positive don’t show it. Attitude alone will not give anyone a spot on the team but bad attitude can keep a skilled person off a team.

What to expect from Tryouts….

Tryouts will be fair, organized and impartial and the coaching staff will be evaluating all prospective student/athletes. Coaches all have different styles and ways to communicate – don’t take any criticism as personal. Expect to work hard and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Understand that the coaches are always evaluating, so never give less than your best effort. Attitude is very important, don’t roll your eyes, make excuses or complain….it is tryouts!

Evaluate Yourself

Self evaluate…this means look around and gauge where your ability is compared to the others. Compare your skills, endurance, speed, health and attitude to others in your class and the class ahead of you. Be realistic in your abilities.

Trying Out for Multiple teams

All sports are very unique and being prepared to try out for multiple sports requires planning and an understanding of the expectations, skills and conditioning needed. Communication is the key and coaches must know in advance if you are trying out for more than one team.

Injuries and Tryouts

Any injury keeping you from trying out will need a doctor’s note indicating the injury and the expected recovery time.

If a later tryout is needed the coaching staff will make the arrangements. If the injury will last more than 3 weeks the Athletic Department will meet with the coaches to discuss the situation. Injured students will not be issued a uniform until they have tried out with the program…exception to this are seniors that have been in the program for 3 years.

Making the team

Be thankful and appreciative that you have made a team. Don’t be disappointed in the level of the team you made. The coaches are putting you on the team that best suits your ability, playing time and the needs of the program. Be sensitive and aware of those around you that may not have made the team.

Not Making a Team

It may be disappointing but trust me you are not defined by this moment. Remember that you took a chance when trying out and that says more about you than the outcome. We are happy to meet with any student that would like to talk about their tryout experience. We ask our parents to trust in our experience and believe that our tryout process is fair for all of our students. Below are a few of the questions that we occasionally receive.

1. If I have been cut from a fall team can I go to another fall sport and try out?

Due to all of the fall teams trying out at the same time it is usually not possible to go to another team and tryout after the team has been selected. Occasionally if there were low tryout numbers at a particular sport we may grant a tryout extension. In order to get a tryout extension, you must have tried out for another fall team and you must contact the Athletic Office before August 5th.

2. Why are there tryouts for Cross Country?

We respect that many of our girls are only interested in running and they train and commitment to their sport just like volleyball, soccer, field hockey, tennis and golf. We believe that earning a spot on the team is as important to our runners as it is to other girls playing team sports.

3. Why don’t you add a third Field Hockey team?

There are not enough schools in our state that sponsor the sport. Currently there are only 37 teams in the state and just 8 in our district.

Here are some things to consider:

Take a day and think how important this sport is to you. Consider other ways to be involved with the sport. Talk with the coach if you have an interest in managing or taking stats. Consider other sports that you may have played but given up over the years because of specialization….try them. Always remember that for every door that closes another door will open. Never let making a team define you and please don’t hesitate to come talk to us. We are here to help you!

Finally – new State Law – Lindsey’s Law

For parents/guardians and student- athletes in grades 7-12 in all Ohio schools – all are required to watch video and the signature form must be signed and on file in the Athletic Office.

We expect our families to watch the video with their daughter(s) and bring Signature Form to the Aug. 10th meeting. Turn into the head varsity Coach or to the Athletic Department.

Be Proud to be a LION!

Diane Redmond, Athletic Director

Colleen Dehring, Asst. Athletic Director

UA Coaching Staff