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Tryout Tips for the 2020-2021  Season

Tryout Tips for the 2020-2021 Season

Do what you do well.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to impress the coach by doing things that are outside your skill set. This often results in a disaster for you.


Hustle! Hustle! Hustle!

There is no excuse for any player on this one. You just have to commit and develop that mentality.


Avoid the amazing play mentality. Do something that makes you stand out in a positive way.

This is not what you think. This is not making an amazing play. Remember... do what you do well. Flashy doesn’t impress coaches. It may look cool on the playground, but that’s why you don’t see NBA guys doing streetball moves during games. It’s flash. It’s hype. It’s not effective against good players.


Don’t be shy – Talk to the coaches before tryouts.

Too many make the big mistake of being too shy to talk to the coach. And this can make a huge difference with making the team. Sometimes, this simple act will elevate you in the eyes of the coaches because they know that you care, and you’ll do whatever it takes to help the team. Be specific. Tell the coach that you really want to make the team. Ask them what they need on their team.


Be a great teammate – Great attitude and sportsmanship

Every coach wants a player who is a great teammate and makes the players better around them.

You can do this by...

Being a great practice player and challenging your teammates during practice to make the team better. By putting everybody in a better mood with your positive attitude. Let’s face it... we’re all humans and it’s more enjoyable to have a little fun in life. Nobody wants to be around a person with a poor attitude. Display great sportsmanship. When a coach sees you helping players off the floor and playing hard but clean basketball, they know that they can count on you not to lose your cool and hurt your team in a negative way at an important time.


Get there early / warm up properly.

Getting there early shows the coach that you care and that he can depend on you to show up on time to practices and games. Also, make sure to warm up prior to playing, so you are playing your best as soon as the whistle blows. First impressions are very important.


Who cares if you screw up – Next play!

If you make a mistake... oh well, it happens. Everybody makes mistakes. Always go on to the next play. The best players react in a positive way to those mistakes and don’t let them snowball into a bunch of mistakes.


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