My Tryout Adventure This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Facing aseason without a club soccer league for the first time in years, Ifrantically looked for a team. After five days of talking to coaches, Ifound two.

For the first tryout I wore my best soccer clothes tomake a good impression. Their fields were beautiful, and I soon feltcomfortable with the way I was playing. When practice was finally over,I felt confident about my performance. The coach walked up to me, said,"We'll give you a call in a week," and walked away. I wassurprised - I expected at least some kind of acknowledgment about myplaying.

A week later I went to the second tryout. The fieldswere run-down, all dirt and patches of grass. Again I dressed my best. Iwas playing well and putting on a show. I fit in with the kids, jokingaround and having a good time. When the practice ended, the coachshouted, "Great job! Well done, boys!" A compliment! That wasnice. Sure enough, though, I still had to wait a week for acall.

A week and a half later, the first coach called."Congratulations," he said. "You really impressed usduring tryouts so we selected you to be on our team." I thankedhim, hung up and rushed to tell my family the good news. Fifteen minuteslater the other coach called. I could not have been happier until Irealized I could only play for one team. I would have tochoose.

I made a list of the good and bad qualities of each teamand finally decided on the first because they were playing moretournaments and had a better reputation. The other coach wasdisappointed, but said he would keep me on the roster in case anything came up.

It turned out that the team I turned down wonthe national tournament! My team didn't win any tournaments and ishiring a new trainer. It just goes to show you should not judge a bookby its cover. I picked a team because of its reputation. I do not regretmy choice, though, because we are a good team and I've made lastingfriendships. Plus, we're going to Germany next year.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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