Second Open Soul Tryout Begins Road to New Season
Matthew Kass, Soul Insider, @matthewkass
PITMAN, NJ – As the offseason winds down, the Philadelphia Soul are just getting started.
At the team’s second and final tryout before the season kicks off in April, over 130 participants came out to test their skills in a variety of timing and position drills. The timing was used as a baseline, as attendees who ran slow 40-yard dashes and shuttle drills were dismissed early.
For head coach Clint Dolezel, the tryouts are always a great chance to evaluate potential new talent. Several recent signees from the tryout system have had a positive impact on the soul, including Wide Receivers Ryan McDaniel and Aaron Wascha, who were both discovered at total turf.
For Dolezel, the chance to sign a key player who can compete for a roster spot in training camp is always a welcome thing to have.
“I think we’re gonna sign four from that first tryout,” he said. “Anytime you find one from these, you’re doing good and let alone four, so we’re excited about that.”
Dolezel added that with last season ending in disappointment, he is always up for the challenge of reclaiming the championship mantle in the Arena Football League.
Assistant coach and general manager Beau Bell was also hard at work during the tryout looking to scout new players. Bell said that having the ability to find new talent in the crop of players who showed up is always a good thing.
“Any time I can find a young talented player, it’s gonna be a gem,” Bell said. “Just because we can bring him in to compete for a roster spot and make it. That just makes everything all worth it for them.” The end of the tryout process signals the beginning of a new season. Follow arena insider for everything you need to enjoy your Philadelphia Soul.