What can you do to prepare for volleyball tryouts? Here are some tips that will get
you noticed in a positive way during tryouts. These are tips on things that you can control. You cannot control how good or bad the other players are. You can control your attitude, effort, and reactions.
Do your best and have fun:
Preparation starts prior to the day of tryouts. You should be getting as many touches on the ball as you can. Get to bed early the night before, you don’t want to be sluggish the day of. Get plenty of good nutrition and stay hydrated the day before and the day of. Start thinking your way through all the skills, get your mind ready and focused.
Know your Athletes Bill of Rights
Now on the day of tryouts:
1. Be on time. Arrive early enough to get ready before tryouts begin. Give yourself 15-20 minutes of preparation time.
2. Be vocal during drills and communicate with the players around you. Coaches love players that communicate purposefully during practice and games.
3. Pay attention to the coaches’ instructions. You will impress by knowing what you are supposed to be doing during the drill. Make eye contact with the coaches.
4. Hustle, give maximum effort and never quit on a ball.
5. Exude a positive vibe. Show that you love to play the game and care about your teammates.
6. Put your cellphone away during tryouts. Don’t even get it out at water breaks.
7. Never give another player a hard time. If you don’t get a good set, don’t berate the setter. Let her know you will be ready for the next one.
8. Leave distractions at home. Allow yourself to focus on tryouts solely during the time that you are being evaluated.
9. Don’t wear a rival club’s T-shirt. That is just bad form. Show respect for the club that you are trying out for. Wearing a rival club’s t-shirt hints that you don’t really want to make a team.
10. Touch the ball before you go to tryouts. If you haven’t touched the volleyball since the season ended, make sure you get back into the game before tryouts start. If your team offers open gyms or workouts, take time to participate.
Most Importantly, Have Fun!