5 Helpful Reminders for Players During Soccer Tryouts
Soccer tryouts can be a fun time for players to test their skills. Of course, they can also be a stressful time as players try to show their talents in order to make the team.
But the stress of tryouts doesn't have to overwhelm players to the point of where they can't enjoy the opportunity that comes with being on the field.
Here are 5 helpful reminders during tryouts.
1. Don’t get down on yourself if you make mistakes
One mistake is not going to determine whether or not you make the team, but pouting about it and having a bad attitude will likely negatively affect the rest of your tryout.
Failure is not fatal and the coaches aren’t expecting perfection.
As a matter of fact, a coach would much rather see someone who can bounce back from mistakes quickly and easily than see someone who comes off as arrogant for seemingly believing they’re too good to make mistakes. Nobody is immune to them.
2. Be great at what you’re good at
You might not be the best at everything. If you’re not fast but you’re really good in game situations – do as well as you can in the fitness components, but try to standout in the scrimmage with your strategies and tactics.
Take advantage of the skills you do have and spotlight them to the best of your ability. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and no good coach believes otherwise.
3. Always put in effort
When the coaches ask you to huddle up, jog to the huddle. When you’re being subbed in or out, run there. Look like you’re excited and honored to be there. It’s a privilege. Coaches notice the little things and so do your teammates for that matter.
Additionally, putting in 100% effort will affect your mentality. Your body will get a second-wind when it feels like your mind is pushing itself.
4. It’s okay to be nervous
Everyone is nervous whether they are showing it or not.
Just know that everyone is dealing with the nerves and not being used to playing with one another – don’t let nerves get in the way of your abilities.
Take advantage of that adrenaline rush to give you extra speed on the pitch.
5. You won’t always make the team you are expecting to make
Play hard wherever you end up. Prove the coaches wrong, or prove them right. You can always get better if you have the right attitude and practice on your own time as well.
Also, if a coach takes you aside during a tryout and gives you advice on what you can do to improve, listen and apply what they are saying as soon as you can. You will be better for it.