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Preparing for Tryouts

We know that tryouts can be both mentally and physically challenging. I mean come on, the spot light is going to be on you, and how you perform that day can either make or break your chances of making the team. But we want you to forget about all of that! Relax yourself, and prepare your mind and body to be the best that it can be. Even if you fall short, you know more about yourself and what you are capable of doing. It’s a win-win situation!

So let go of the what ifs – Most athletes worry about the negative outcomes; What if I don’t make the team? What if that kid is better than me? We tend to fear negative consequences before the event even happens. The first step to overcome this form of anxiousness is to identify what your worried about and reassure yourself that you will give your best no matter what happens. Which brings us to our next point.

Don’t hold back – You know what you are good at and what your capabilities are as an athlete. Unleash it! Go all out during the tryout, be attentive and willing to learn new positions. Most of all, excel in your position! Go 100% so that at the end of it all, you can honestly say you did the best you could do.

Try not to compare yourself – most self-doubt comes from comparison. Well, that kid is better at lifts than I am, or they can hit better than I can. What that does is pollute your mind with negativity. Focus on yourself during tryouts. Try not to pay attention to what someone else can do, but instead, focus on what you can do and what you are good at. Play for you. No one is perfect, so don’t try to be. We all have flaws as athletes. The best part is that we can work on these flaws to improve so they are no longer labeled as flaws, but as talents. Learn to perform with efficiency instead of perfection.

Next, radiate with confidence! Believe that you are able to perform a task and execute a skill. We believe in you and your abilities. Show us what you got.

Before going to tryouts, make a list of things you need so that you are prepared and ready to go. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and focus on you! Take advantage of these tips you’ll be well prepared for tryouts.