Instead of having tryouts to put a team together, Sweet T invites players to join, which leaves it mostly made up of athletes who have played together for years.
“Many players on this team have retired from high-level women’s and mixed club teams in order to focus on other priorities, such as raising a family, church, surfing or mountain biking,” said captain Melissa Proctor. “We don’t have the time to commit to the schedule of practice and traveling of an elite women’s team.”
The chemistry and connection between long-time teammates gives Sweet T members a familiarity and grants them the freedom to not hold mandatory practices. That doesn’t mean, however, that the team doesn’t work out at all. Members work independently during the week and makes an effort to play competitive scrimmages together.
“Oh, and we have 31 kids supporting us on the sidelines,” Proctor said.
With a roster of about 20 players – 18 of which are returning – Proctor says the team looks strong. A core of members has been playing together for about 10 years.
“We’ve added a lot of speed and cutting skills recently,” she added.
Sweet T sent a squad to Women’s Master’s Nationals in Boulder July 11-12, Winston Cup in Charlotte Aug. 7-8, and took second at Sectionals Sept. 11. The women will travel to Regionals in Greenville, N.C., on Oct. 9-10 in hopes of advancing to Nationals in Sarasota, Fla., on Oct. 28-31.
For more information:
Preview of local women's teams: Phoenix
Preview of local mixed teams: Whagonweel
Preview of local men's teams: LOS
Preview of local men's teams: Ring of Fire
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