It’s getting close…

Youth soccer tryouts are just around the corner…

Your son or daughter is excited and nervous. And so are you 🙂

While you want them to succeed, you know they must earn their spot on the team. Plenty of other kids will be trying out and competing for spots. Nothing is guaranteed.

So…

What can your son our daughter do stand out at tryouts and separate themselves from the rest of the players?

Here are some tips to help them make the most of tryouts…

1. LOOK THE PART – Come dressed and ready to go like a soccer player would. Have shin guards and soccer socks pulled up and looking sharp. Have your boots laced and tied tight. If you know the colors of the club you’re trying out for wear a shirt and shorts with those colors. Ultimately you want to show up looking like a player.

2. SPEAK UP – Make sure the coaches know who you are before the tryout begins. Interact during warm ups… shake the coaches hand and let him know your name.

3. PREPARE – Make sure you are working hard building up to tryouts on certain skills and touches that the tryouts might have you do, replicate the scenario as best as possible. Many tryouts start with a technical warm-up where the kids are dribbling and passing. Then they move into 1v1 or 2v2 and finish with scrimmages.

4. PLAY HARD – Don’t treat it like a practice, treat it like a game. Be aggressive in challenges and demand the ball (not in a bad way). Play with urgency and be involved in the play as much as possible. Someone who stays on the periphery of a game will likely not get noticed as much.

5. TAKE RISKS – What we mean by taking risks is don’t be afraid to be creative. If you have a unique idea or see the opportunity to use a difficult skill, DO IT! If good coaches are watching they will not only appreciate the skill, but they will also understand the idea and decision-making behind it. Even if you don’t execute it perfectly, a good coach will recognize and appreciate it.

6. ASK FOR FEEDBACK – Especially if the tryouts are split over a few days. Coaches will remember conversations so having one about how you can improve will show the coach you are willing to learn.

7. SAY THANKS! – Again a firm handshake and a thank you goes a long way to the coach remembering who you are and that you are first and foremost a good person. At NSA we take character development seriously and a respectful gesture like this lets us know that you’re not just a good player, but a good person as well!

And finally…

Don’t forget to have fun. Enjoy the process and do your best!