In many instances, tryouts by the letter league clubs are used to fill out their DPL/RL teams. Coaches have already been recruiting across the valley for the 1st teams, IDing players and inviting them to practices throughout the year. Those same players likley attend the tryouts but tryouts are just another opportunity to play with the team. There are times where a player is IDed at a tryout, but that's a less than usual occurrence. The RL teams across the age groups are target rich environments for recruiting. Parent's with good players on those teams eventually see the light and realize they aren't going to progress through the pipeline as promised. Clubs like rising are too geographically distributed and lack communication. Those blindspots can be exploited. Salty parents are eager to move. Clubs don't need to recruit in high numbers, just enough to establish depth in certain positions. Recruiting 2-3 players from Rising, Premier, and CCV is really all that is needed (as an example). Ideally RL/DPL teams are the pipeline, in reality it will hardly work in AZ. Parents always want to play on the top team and being told that their player needs a bit more development in order to get a call up isn't something parents want to hear. Some will do it, most won't.