OK, here’s part 2 of our series on how to impress at your next tryout. Let’s get straight into the next 5 tips. You can find part 1 by clicking here.
Know Your Teammates.
Before you step to the line, take a moment to introduce yourself to the players on your team. Especially the defenders. Firstly - it’s good to know their names so you can easily direct them on the pitch as well as praising them when they do something right. But it also shows that you’re able to slot into a team and be effective with players you don’t know.
Be The First.
Don’t wait to be invited to go in net. Make sure that if you can, you’re the first one. This one is pretty self-explanatory but just go for it. You’ll make a great impression that way. Coaches and scouts aren’t looking for someone who isn’t willing to step up.
Keep it simple.
Don’t be tempted to make those amazing, high intensity saves. This isn’t America’s Got Talent. Just keep it simple and show those watching you that you have mastered the basics. Also that way, you’ll be less likely to make a stupid mistake at a critical moment.
Be a zen master.
One important thing to bear in mind throughout the entire process - on AND off the pitch is to try and control yourself emotionally as much as you can. That means not getting caught up in the result of the match, maintaining composure after a mistake and making sure that you don’t lose your cool at your temporary defenders. Keep a calm head and that will reflect much more positively, even when things aren’t going your way.
I know it’s easier said than done, but if you’ve prepared properly then you should be at least confident in your own ability. There are some simple things you can do to show this too:
- Take your own goal kicks
- Get stuck in to every shot that comes your way
- Use positive self talk and keep your mind in the game
Use your tactical knowledge to make a difference in the game and control the tempo.
Follow these 10 tips and you’ll drastically improve your chances the next time you attend a tryout. One last thing to remember is that you may be asked back for a second day. If that’s the case, make sure that you cool down properly, regardless of what everyone else does.
Remember, one tryout isn’t the be-all-and-end-all. Try to enjoy yourself and have fun with it. I’ve said that a lot, but you perform your best when you’re enjoying the process and relieving yourself of some the pressure we tend to put on ourselves.