Here are my thoughts:
- Don't run tryout unless your need for people is extremely dire. Just because someone has a little talent doesn't make them a good addition to your team. If possible, recruit folks you know. Get to know folks at your local fields and draw from that pool.
Here is what we look for:
- Someone who plays paintball regularly even when not on a team. If someone says they will start practicing/playing more when they join a team, they are usually full of BS. Find people who love playing and play anyway.
- Someone with a good attitude and work ethic. One person can give a whole team attitude cancer. Same is true in the other direction, one positive person can get a team back up after losing a game. Don't need lazy negative people.
- You really want people who are coachable and have a drive to improve. The quickest way to get better is to practice with folks who can tell you what you are doing wrong. Our team is extremely lucky to have some very talented D1/Semipro players helping us out and pointing out how we suck
If you don't have the maturity to handle constructive criticism you are a hinderance to your team. We've had very good luck picking up people who play other sports such as baseball and football.
- Aggression is a nice thing to look for as well. It's easier to take an overly aggressive player and get them to slow down than it is to take an overly conservative player and get them to move. Of course a well balanced team has a good both explosive and clutch players on it.
It can be hard to get a new team going. Building momentum takes some time, but once you start winning finding players becomes easier and easier as most folks want to be part of a winning team. Keep trying and keep looking for the right folks and it will come together.