Monday, April 19, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Open Tryouts

Ever wanted to be a pro athlete, but not sure if you should quit your day job? Well if you can swing a bat or kick a ball, you might be in luck!

The Golden Baseball League's Edmonton Capitals and the North American Soccer League's FC Edmonton are both holding open tryouts for regular people to try and make their mark on the local sports scene. It's the second straight year the Caps have extended the invitation to the public, while the newly formed FC Edmonton is getting ready for a season of exhibition games before they officially enter the NASL next season.

"We take this very seriously," said Capitals manager Brent Bowers in a release. "We'll have a look and they'll have a legitimate shot at making our club, just look at last year."

Shortstop Aaron Hornostaj made the team after his showing at the open tryouts last year, but don't think it's as easy as just picking up a bat and glove - he had previous experience at the AAA level with the San Francisco Giants organization. But still, it shows the coaching staff actually watches and gives serious consideration to what they see.

If baseball's not your thing though, maybe pulling on the blue, white and red of FC Edmonton suits you better.

The team's main training camp is underway this week, but they are also holding tryouts for regular folk on April 23rd and the 29th at Foote Field (you can register on their website or just show up an hour before). The downside is, it costs $100 to tryout...but if you make the team, they'll reimburse you.

So, if you've been training hard all winter and you've spent the spring looking for something to do - there you go!

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