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2 Weird Tryout Tips Guaranteed To Get Your Coach's Attention- By Joe Haefner
When it comes to tryouts, it's very important to get your coach's attention for positive reasons.
Personally, I've conducted tryouts before. When I'm going through the tryout list afterwards, I already forgot 70% of the kids that were there.
That's why this is so important for you. You need to make sure you stand out and the coach remembers you.
However, I wanted to give you a couple of unique ideas that you may not have heard elsewhere. And I think they will help you stand out even more.
Check it out.
1 - Talk to your coach before tryouts.
This might sound simple and obvious, but practically ZERO players actually do this.
When you talk to the coach...
Tell the coach that you really want to make the team. Tell them you'll do whatever it takes to help the team. Ask the coach what kind of players they want on the team.
So why should you do this?
One, it shows you care and you will do whatever it takes to help the team. There are many players out there that don't appear to care. The coach will like you because of this.
Two, if there are a lot of kids in tryouts it makes you stand out from the crowd. The coach will remember you.
As long as you talk to them BEFORE tryouts!
Imagine if you transferred to a new school in a new state where you didn't know anybody. And 100 different kids came up to you and talked to you. Would you remember everybody after the first day? Probably not.
The coach is doing something similar at tryouts. Everything is going to blur together.
They are going to forget kids and possibly forget you. And we don't want that to happen.
However, what if one kid talked to you the week before school? He wanted to give you some tips about the school and help you out.
I guarantee that you will remember him when you see him at school the first day.
That's why you need to talk to the coach before tryouts. That way, he remembers you.
Best case scenario is to talk to your coach in person.
However, if that's logistically impossible, you should give the coach a call. Then introduce yourself again at tryouts. Get there really early.
2 - Take fewer shots
Now don't get me wrong, there are some very passive players who aren't aggressive enough and don't shoot enough. And I would tell them the opposite. So this is situational.
However, most players that I've seen at tryouts try to take too many shots. They try to take tough shots that are low percentage shots.
This only makes you look bad.
Now, if you take fewer shots that are good shots... open, on balanced, and in your shooting range, you are going to make more shots.
Coaches like this. It means you have good shot selection.
A general rule of thumb is and this varies depending on the age level...
Can you make 60% of these shots unguarded during a workout?
Additionally if you take good shots, this means that you're passing the ball more often to open teammates. Coaches also like this.
Coaches don't care about how many points you score. They care about you making smart plays that will help your team win more games.
Taking good shots and making the extra pass is a step in the right direction.
Now, these tips certainly won't guarantee you make the team, but I guarantee they get your coach's attention which is the first step.
We also have more resources that are really helpful for tryouts. Here is one to check out:
Also, here are a few workouts:
We hope that helps!
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