PracticesPractice is a crucial part of learning and mastering any task. It's importance can not be overstated. However, more practice is not always the best thing for a developing athlete. Most of our athletes start the club season immediately after at least a full school season. This is a lot for a body to endure without injury. Charmers practices are three days per week, with at least one day of rest in between. We believe that these "rest" periods let the body and brain to grow, learn, and recover at a much faster rate and larger magnitude per time spent.
Charmers' practices are designed to be mentally intensive with conditioning built in to the process. All conditioning is sport specific. We focus the conditioning on 60 minutes of burst and recovery cycling.
Summer Schedule (Timonium/Cockesville area)
Practices: Tuesdays (6pm-8pm), Thursdays (6pm-8pm), and Sundays (11am-1pm)
Competitions: Most weekends between late May and early July.
TravelClub sports can be a burdensome endeavor. In addition to practices and weekend tournaments, there are often travel obligations that make the experience prohibitive for many deserving young athletes. We hope to help. We make every effort to participate in tournaments that are within driving distance for a weekend experience. We try to ensure that hotel stays are not necessary. We are fortunate to be located in an area where you can experience intense competition in the country. Some of the best talent in the country comes to the mid-Atlantic region to compete every summer.
We hope these efforts, in some way, reduce the burden on parents and make the game more rewarding for all involved.
TryoutsTryouts are an integral part of travel/club sports. It is an event that lets coaches decide who would best benefit, and contribute more to the team. Tryouts are not to determine what is best for the athlete. The process can be a hugely rewarding affirmation or a lifelong trauma.
The player selection process at Charmers is quite different. We ask the player and parent to tell us as much as possible about the prospect. We also ask them to provide references that can tell us more about her past performance. In many cases, before even touching the field, we can tell who we are a good match for and who would be better served by another club.
There are certain attributes that we look for in a player:
Selflessness loyalty to the team
Athleticism (coordination, agility, etc.)
A desire to get better
A love for the game
In situations where we cannot make a clear determination of the fit, we will invite the player to practice with the team. We hope that avoiding the make-or-break situation of a tryout will let the player show her best game and possibly make a few new friends in the process, regardless of the outcome.
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