6 Ways to Make a Good Impression During the Preseason
Each year you have another chance to write a new story for yourself. Preseason is where you can make the statement that you are going to be a difference maker on the field.
Here are six ways to make a good impression at preseason.
1. Be attentive
Paying attention to anyone who’s talking is a good sign of respect and impressing your coaches can be as simple as listening intently and making eye contact with them while they’re talking. It shows you’re interested in learning and being there in general.
It will also help you to understand the next drill you will be doing or game you will be playing.
Put a little pep in your step. Jog everywhere.
When the coaches call you in to huddle and you jog in, they know that you take this seriously and aren’t wasting their time and everyone else’s.
3. Be fit & healthy
Show everyone that you put in the work over the summer. There’s no better way to show you’ve worked hard during your offseason than coming in and passing all of your fitness tests right away.
It’s also important to be soccer-fit. You can pass your fitness tests but you also still should have plenty of energy for training and scrimmaging.
4. Be involved
When there are team activities, stay involved and get everyone excited to be there. You don’t have to be the center of attention and obnoxious, but you should want to interact with your teammates.
This will help you bond with your team and show your coaches you can be a leader.
5. Be willing
Be willing to try anything that will benefit the team.
Preseason is a great place to be flexible and willing to try playing new positions. If you can play multiple positions well, you’re likely to get more playing time early on in your career. It’s okay to be uncomfortable during preseason and it likely means you are working on new skills. Don’t be afraid to try and fail a couple of times.
When you’re a willing teammate, you show that you don’t think your comfort is more important than the team.
6. Be coachable
Show that once a coach says something to you, you immediately try to add it to your game plan. They appreciate those who listen and try to apply what they are saying.
Coaches love players that are multi-talented and not afraid to try.