We were recently asked by a friend for some tips about how youth athletes should approach their upcoming Youth Sports tryouts. They wanted to know how to catch a coaches' eye. The obvious answer is to play or preform well. But there are a few things you can do to ensure an eye-catching performance.
Here are 7 simple tips that will help you succeed in your Youth Sports tryouts:
1. It is important all youth athletes understand that a tryout is not a social event. You are there to work, to give your best, to try out for a "job".
2. Dress appropriately for your game or sport. Wear the correct and complete uniform no matter what sport you are trying out for. You will get major deductions if you show up in baggy jeans and the latest skater dude apparel or "juicy" shorts and tank top. Wearing a cap or hat backwards or sideways is a major no-no too, if you want the part, play & dress for it.
3. When you arrive, place all your gear and athletic equipment away from everyone else's. Run, stretch and warm up correctly, preferably by yourself. Stretch away from everyone else in the area, coaches will notice that you are a serious, disciplined, knowledgable Youth Athlete. Also, your gear and equipment is less likely to grow legs.
4. In the case of a ball sport, throw, kick and drill sufficiently to be completely warm. There may be a lengthy wait while waiting to perform at your position. Be sure to keep active if necessary to stay loose and warm.
5. Many think that hustling and trying to stand out too much or make aggressive plays is the way to impress coaches. Understand that you will be trying out for the start of the season and your game doesn't have to be perfect. When it comes time to show your skills you will be much better taking it slow and smooth, focusing on all the proper moves and mechanics. Focus.... focus on making that accurate throw, that one great kick, stroke or jump. The odds are, if you try too hard, rush it and push too much, it will not only look strange but it will also look un-natural.
6. Parents, stay away from the coaches. Lobbying will not help. There is a common notation used by some coaches: DIAs ( Dad Is an Ass) make sure you don't fall into this or any similar category!
7. Have fun! Any sport is still a game, someone who takes it way too seriously will probably not be picked... Youth Sports are also about having fun so make sure you also show that you enjoy your sport or the game!
Good luck in working out and preparing for the next season!