Tryout Tips for Players & Parents
Tryouts can be a very stressful time for young athletes and parents. Preparing your child and yourself for this process can help take some of that stress away. I have listed below some tips on what the coaches will be looking for and not looking for during tryouts to help better prepare your child. Your child’s technical ability will not be any better during tryouts than it is right now, but the tips below can help them have more success in areas that are important.
Players should go into tryouts with a positive attitude ready to work hard and have fun. The pressure to perform should not be put on the child by the parents as it will only hinder their ability to show what they can really do. Parents behavior pre-tryouts and during tryouts can also affect the child and how he or she will perform. If you act nervous, they will be nervous. If you overload them with information on the drive to tryouts, they will be distracted. If you pace and constantly watch them during tryouts, they will notice. All of these things could have a negative impact on their performance and make it a very unenjoyable time for them. My advice is to review the tips below ahead of time with your child, so they know what the expectations are, then encourage them to work hard and most importantly have fun.