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Emily’s Edge: Tryout Tips – How to Stand Out in the Crowd
As a college scholarship player and current coach, I want to share some tryout tips that have been helpful to me over the years. Making a team is about the total playing, competing, and cheering package. Here are some suggestions to consider.
-Be confident. This might sound like common sense but a lot of players seem to forget this aspect. You will play better if you are confident. Being timid and nervous will tighten your body causing you to make errors that you normally wouldn’t make. Coaches will notice a player that is confident.
-Be competitive. Don’t be afraid to be the best. Don’t be afraid to try your hardest. .
-Be the first in line. Coaches want players who want to play and hanging out in the back of the line won’t get noticed.
-Be a team player. Teamwork is a hallmark of good players
-Be loud. There are many ways to be loud. Call the ball. Cheer on the other athletes. Talk to your hitters. Talk to your setter. Being loud is also a great way to demonstrate your team spirit.
-Be positive. Even though tryouts are stressful and high pressure, stay positive. Coaches want players that help fill other players with energy, not suck it out of them.
-Most importantly, have fun. You play the sport because you enjoy it, so savor every moment.
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