Trying out for a sports team can be a nerve-wracking experience, even for the best of players. It can be stressful having to demonstrate your ability and compete against many other players, and tryouts are usually designed to be physically and mentally exhausting. Most tryouts last from several days to a full week.
Maximize your chances of making the team by following these tryout tips.
Tips for Making a Team: How to Impress Coaches at Tryouts
- Practice before tryouts. You can’t transform yourself into a fabulous player overnight, but you can brush up on your skills so you’re not rusty on the first day of tryouts.
- Come prepared. Make sure you have proper clothes, shoes and any other necessary equipment. For example, if you’re trying out for a soccer team, always bring your own shin guards and a soccer ball.
- Make sure you show up on time, and come a few minutes early, if possible. Being punctual demonstrates responsibility and reliability.
- Impress coaches with your solid knowledge of fundamentals, not flashy moves. For example, if you’re trying out for a basketball team, make sure you set good screens, box out, and rebound; don’t try to dribble between your legs or slap the backboard on lay-ups.
- Always try hard, even if you don’t think the coaches are watching or you don’t think you’re good at a particular drill. Other players will respect you for putting the effort in, and coaches look for players who will give it their all.
- Have a positive attitude. Don’t trash talk with other players, never play dirty, and don’t be too hard on yourself when you make mistakes.
- Be a team player. Encourage other players, help pick up cones or stray balls, and demonstrate team spirit.
- Practice new skills you learn at tryouts. If you learn new drills or techniques at tryouts, practice them that night at home. Coaches will be impressed by players who quickly learn new skills, and you’ll be more confident at tryouts knowing you are improving.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat several balanced meals a day and drink plenty of water. Expect to be sore after the first day, especially if you haven’t been playing regularly. If possible, take care of any obligations ahead of time, like writing papers or doing your chores, so you’ll have plenty of time during tryouts. Taking proper care of yourself will help you play hard throughout tryouts.
Trying Out for a Team
Playing for a sports team, either a high school team or a club team, can be a lot of fun, as well as a great way to make friends and improve your abilities.
You don’t have to be the best player on the field or court to be useful to a team; teams need other players to play supporting roles, too. Show coaches that you work hard, have a positive attitude, and support your teammates, and the coaches will likely want to make you a part of the team.