Open Tryouts - November 23rd & 24th

by Lisa Sillaway


Park City, KS (November 20, 2019) - Always wanted to be a Wichita Wing? Have some mad ball-handling skills? Well, this weekend just might be your chance to wear the orange for your hometown team. Tryouts are Nov. 23 and 24, 2019 at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan.

Those who want to participate in the tryouts must sign up online and then confirm registration with team leadership. Wings owners, coaches, and staff will be in attendance both days and every participant will receive a Wings' training T-shirt and will be evaluated by the Wings' coaching staff. There will be a $65 registration fee for the tryout to help cover arena costs for the startup MASL team.

Can't play soccer but love to watch new talent take the pitch? Spectators are welcome in the stands.

Owner Blake Shumaker said last weekend's scrimmage in Kansas City against the Comets was not only fun for the men already signed to the roster, but was helpful as they develop their full team.

"We can go into the tryouts knowing exactly how many spots need filled," said Shumaker, adding that team leadership plans to maintain a roster of 30 players with 15 suiting up for each game.

Head Coach Roger Downing said that even players who haven't experienced the indoor game before are welcome to try out.

"We are looking for people who are technical with a tremendous work rate.  We can teach the indoor game, but we don’t have a lot of time to teach the technical side of the game.  At this point you are either technical or you are not," Downing said.

And there is another, less tangible, quality that the Wings are looking for in new players. They are looking for a few more "good guys."

"We have a tremendous group of good quality guys on the roster.  They are just good people who want to see the Wings do well.  It’s an extremely coachable group of guys," said Downing. "Work rate defines our guys.  They work hard for each other and hold each other accountable."

Nov. 23, 2019 / Check-in at 9:30 a.m. / Tryouts & Evaluation begin at 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 24, 2019 / Invited players only / Check-in at 12:30 p.m. / Tryouts begin at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Hartman Arena - 8151 North Hartman Arena Drive, Park City

Observing as a fan? You might want to pencil in Sunday for your visit.

"On Sunday we will have some Wings players scrimmage with the invited tryout players from Saturday, said Downing. "We will be against them for a little bit, then mix the two teams together."