Going to a tryout can be a really stressful time for a goalkeeper. Not only do you have all the regular pressures of being a keeper but you also have to deal with the fact that you really want to put on a good show.
That’s the kind of pressure that can break a person and makes it even harder to do your job.
Luckily, we know a few secret tips that will help impress the people keeping an eye on you and will help you to relax and focus on what you do best.
So grab a cup of coffee and a notepad and let’s get started with the first 5 tips!
The 5 “P’s”.
There’s an addage in the British Military that I remember from a TV show a while back and it really stuck with me. It’s something that you should really drill into your own head:
“Preparation Prevents P*ss Poor Performance”
Sure, it’s a little on the nose, but it’s painfully true. If you aren’t prepared and ready to go the night BEFORE your tryout - you’re already setting yourself up for failure.
Make sure all your kit is clean, dry and packaged ready to go. Decide if you want to change at the venue or arrive ready for action.
Write a checklist and make sure you haven’t overlooked anything.
Be the first.
Yep. As much as it sucks to get up super early - being the first one there will massively improve your chances. You’ll show the coaches and scouts just how passionate you are about what you do.
If all else fails, just be there as early as possible - even if you aren’t the first just don’t be the last.
Look like a professional.
If you want the part, you have to act the part. You also have look like the part.
That’s more than just slipping on a nice pair of Renegade gloves (although that will help!) but it’s also about your entire appearance. Make sure you’re wearing your best kit, looking clean and neat.
Remember: As much as people say “don’t judge a book by its cover” it’s something that will always happen. If you don’t look like a pro, you’ll have just a little extra work to do to prove you are the person they’re looking for.
Yes, this one is super simple but it can make a HYYYUUUUUUGE difference!
Introduce yourself, make yourself known for the right reasons. But don’t just introduce yourself to the coaches or scouts. Introduce yourself to the other players as well. Show that you can play nice with other people - even when you’re competing with them.
This will say a lot about your personality and your ability to play on a team with other professionals - a trait that every scout looks for.
Warm up properly.
And do it with another keeper. Any scout or coach wants to see that you know what you’re doing. Prove it to them. Doing specific goalkeeping warmup exercises with another keeper not only reinforces that you know your stuff, but also shows that you are more than willing to work with others. It also helps if you are the one to suggest it and prove how much of a leader you are.
Keep an eye out for part TWO of this post. We'll help you get the leg up on your competition with even more practical and easily implemented tips.