We've had zero issues with this since I started at my current school and changed tryouts. Folks, if you are making tryouts some kind of big secret deal, you're INVITING tryout drama. By "big secret deal," I mean: either one-by-one or in small groups you march them through the gym like cattle on the auction block and judge their material with no one else in the gym. The doors are closed, there's paper over the windows, and then at the end of the day you post Schindler's list on the door for them to all walk up to and either celebrate or do the walk of shame in front of their peers. Have about 5 open gyms leading up to your tryout week so that you know most of their names, and they don't walk around feeling like a number. Have tryouts like 3-4 big practices where they work on material that's SUPER easy. You're not trying to win a competition with your tryout material, you need to know if they're teachable, and if they have the ability to do clean motions. DO NOT allow your graduating seniors to play ANY role in the tryout process whatsoever. This invites the idea (real or imagined) that they are influencing the results based on who they "liked" the year before. Talk to the kids who are going to get cut over the course of the week and tell them what they are going to have to do if they want to have a chance. Explain to them that their chances are slim. Judge different aspects of the tryout skills every day, and let them all watch each other go. The ones who aren't going to make the team will SEE that they aren't as skilled as the ones that do. Get rid of the outside judges and have the character to make a decision and stand behind it. Two types of coaches use outside judges: Those who's districts mandate that they do so, and those who are too weak-minded to stand behind their own decisions. On the last day, pull any kid who is on the line aside privately and give them the news, good or bad, face-to-face. The ones who you give good news to will get to "have their moment." the ones who get the bad news, need to have an assistant coach or other adult school employee love on them a bit while they have their meltdown privately and call their parents to come pick them up. Give them the option of finishing the day (they never do) or leaving quietly so as not to be noticed. Signed "Coach who hasn't had so much as a phone call from a complaining parent in four years"