Top 5 Steps For a Successful Tryout

Spring is fast aproaching. That means many of you will be soon hitting the fields in an effort to make lacrosse teams across the country. While Charmers has a player-centric TRYOUT PROCESS, this is not universal. So, we have compiled some advice for players and parents to make your efforts a success.

Tip 1:
Intensity is one of those terms that sometimes gets overused. But what does it actually mean. In the context of tryouts it means putting forth 100% effort every play. Coaches love to see players sacrifice themselves to make a play happen. But, you cannot do this occassionally. You never know when a coach happens to be looking directly at you. So, play hard every second you are on the field and make a mark.

Tip 2:
This tip may be counterintuitive. How can you be both intense AND relax? We mean limit your anxiety. Stressful situations can produce high levels of anxiety, if you let it. The results of anxiety are mistakes, reduced learning and reduced performance in general. Anxiety produces chemicals that block information and damage cells. So what do we do? In the days leading up to your tryout, start visualizing your successes on the field. Avoid thinking about mistakes that you hope you won't make. Limit your thoughts to only the great plays and big impressions that you will make. The more vivid your visualizations, the more likely they will come to fruition.

Tip 3:
Nothing frustrates a coach more than someone arriving to practice late or rushing to be on-time. We all know, in life, things happen. Avoid this negative impression by leaving plenty of time to accommodate unexpected circumstances. In fact, arrive early. Be dressed, gear on, and be warming up. They will take notice!

Tip 4:
At any tryout, there will be a lot going on. Players will be joking, there will be interesting things at other stations, and even parents will be trying to help by shouting out encouragement and instruction. You have no way of knowing when a coach is watching you and when she isn't. Each second you are at the field, you should be performing - even if it is during a water break. Show that you are a team player, ready to bond. Show that you listen the first time something is said. Show that you do not disrupt by socializing with others at the wrong time. A focused player saves time and effort for the coach. Be that player.

Tip 5:
Being coachable can mean many things. For this list, "being coachable" means listening to the coach. Show constant eye contact. When instruction is given, make sure you understand what they are asking and execute it as they wish. If the instruction is unclear, ask for clarification. They prefer that a question is asked. It shows that you are listening and that doing exactly what they want is very important to you.

There are many teams to choose from, teams for every style player. We hope this helps you make that impact that lands you the right team for you.

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