Even though it's only January, the 2017 season will be here before you know it! Players, parents, and coaches are getting excited and getting rosters set up for the Spring. With all the new ongoing communication, we thought it would be nice to answer some questions that are being asked and how rosters affect experience. As an example, we had a great question from a Team Colorado parent the other day, "Does team roster size matter?" Here are some thoughts for you below.
Team Colorado Roster Size
While there is no magic formula on roster size, Team Colorado summer rosters max set between 15-16 players. We believe this is the best balance of maintaining health and preventing injury, while providing an exceptional experience for our players. A parent recently asked, “Who would want their son on a team with more than 20 players on the roster?” In many cases, having too many players on a roster will significantly reduce playing time. Team Colorado prides itself in providing the greatest value for our #bardosfamily in combining player playing time at the lowest cost.
Too often we hear of travel programs that do not fully disclose all costs up front. The Team Colorado approach is pretty simple; our player fee includes all costs EXCEPT travel related player costs and uniforms. Team Colorado also is very clear that EVERY player pays the same amount, unless they are on scholarship for financial reasons. We will not provide “free” spots for players at the expense of their teammates! In addition, our program includes a weekly pro-style workouts in front of area college coaches at no additional charge!
Team Colorado Coaches
Another great question to ask is, “Who will be coaching my child?” Head coaches must be skilled and experienced in managing not only a game schedule and strategy, but also the entire process leading to a successful season. Vision, drive, and the pursuit of excellence are absolutely required characteristics, which is why we are so proud of our Team Colorado coaching staff. All of our coaches have clean background checks and driving records, as safety is a priority.
Without a doubt, tournament selection is important, not only to provide players a benchmark against other great talent around the country, but also to provide adequate college recruiting exposure. Our Team Colorado program includes a D1 college recruiter with 15 years of experience and input from our very own Mike Bard - to the best of our knowledge, we believe Mike was the youngest college recruiter in NCAA history! We balance visibility with competitiveness with select tournaments to get our Team Colorado players to the next level.