Tryouts are around the corner and that always
serves as a time of stress for most players. I wanted to share with you
some tips on how to have the best tryout possible.
Be on time. Early is on time…
Dress uniquely. Avoid clothing that is bland
or the same as everyone else. Standing out makes it easier for
coaches to identify and remember you. There are lots of players to
see and lots of names that are hard to remember so coaches refer to
players as “Remember that guy with pink cleats? Or that girl with
the safety green shirt?”.
Greet your coach, shake his/her hand, and
identify yourself, while making eye contact.
Know that everyone feels the same way you
do so just go out, do your best, and have a good time making new
Do your best and PLAY WITHIN YOUR GAME.
Tryouts are not the time to try new things, tricks, etc. Flashy
players are nice but messing up that nutmeg just might suggest you
are more interested in showboating than supporting your team mates.
Play simple and efficiently. Minimizing
touches and movement off the ball suggest “you get it”.
Even though you may be with new players – speak
up and communicate on the field.
Don’t freak out when the coach starts to group
players together. There are multiple reasons why they may be doing
this and your only thought should be about your individual play.
If you need to speak with a coach, schedule
that time. They are all very busy during this process.
When it is time to leave, greet your coach
again with a handshake and a good bye for the day. Did I mention to
make eye contact?
Good luck to everyone during this process and I’ll
be around for any questions you may have.
As well – GOOD LUCK to all of our teams about to
start their state cup! GO HFC!
See you on the field.
General Manager and DOCO,