Brian Ricker doesn't like cutting girls from his teams. The Corona del Mar High girls' tennis coach hasn't done too much of it since becoming coach in 2004.
"I've heard, 'Oh, why don't you just cut all those seniors,' " Ricker said. "I don't like cutting girls at all. I coach to help kids get better at tennis. I hated the thought of sending kids away who had already put a lot of time into the sport."
The Sea Kings will be having tryouts starting Monday. This year, Ricker plans to be more selective.
He said he needs to cut down the total number of girls in the program. Last year, there were 63 players combined on the frosh/soph, junior varsity and varsity squads.
This year, Ricker wants it to be in the low 40s. His "experiment," as he calls it, with having huge teams appears to be over.
"I've come to the conclusion that it's just too many kids," he said, citing available court space as one of his concerns. "In the past, we've had 20 on frosh/soph, 20 on JV. Twenty is still too many. On the frosh/soph and JV levels, only 12 get to play."