Brines wrote:The best thing for you is for people to say that you can't make it. What do the 12 and 13 year olds on this forum know about your ability to play?
Why did you have to bring age into this? I would have thought all of my efforts would have made people on this forum think more highly about younger players.
Soccer4life, you are one of the best posters on here, but I can see where Brines is coming from. I think what he meant to say is that 12 and 13 yr olds really don't know what it's like to play for high school varsity, or know what level you have to be at to make that type of a team.
I've played for my high school's varsity the past two years, and one thing that caught my eye, is that you say you have a friend in 8th grade on high school varsity? Well either he is a very incredible player who will easily go on to get a full ride to a college of his choice, or his school's team sucks. Most likely the latter. Making the team as an 8th grader does not happen in my area, at least not with a team that is worth playing for.
Two of my teammates from last year got scholarships to division 1 schools, and they didn't play on varsity until their sophomore year. At my school there have been two freshmen who made varsity in the past 6 years. Typically the other good high school teams we face do not have any freshmen, although sometimes there will be one or two, and they rarely play an important role in the team. The teams I see with freshmen being the main players on the team are the teams that are not good and don't have a strong program.
I'm not saying that there aren't good freshmen out there every year, but if you don't step in to your varsity team as a freshmen and become an impact player then it's not a big deal at all. I played one match for varsity my freshmen year(the rest on jv) and then started on the team my sophomore year and helped out but was not one of the top 5 players on my team. I trained very hard after my sophomore year, and came back this year as the main player. (I'm not saying this to promote myself, in fact I feel weird talking about personal accomplishments and whatever)
My point is, if you don't make varsity your freshmen year, don't worry about it. Just train very hard and come back next year ready to show your coach where you belong.