For high school athletes getting ready for the fall season, the first day of tryouts tends to only fun for a few people on each team. They’re the kids who are laughing when the others are trembling. They’re the ones who are actually in shape.
“Almost everybody is absolutely dreading it,” explains Chris Walker-Jacks, 2012 Concord-Carlisle graduate who was a three-year varsity mainstay as the always-moving center back on the Patriots’ state championship soccer team.
Concord-Carlisle coach Ray Pavlik’s “claim-to-fame” is the test he administers on Day 1 of fall tryouts: Run two miles in under 12 minutes.
In communities across the state, on fields for soccer, field hockey, football, track and other sports, these tests are popping up everywhere this time of year. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Jason Mastrodonato can be reached at jasonmastrodonato @yahoo.com.