3 Tips to Stand out at Youth Soccer Tryouts

Published on April 30, 2018

Tryouts can be a stressful and grueling process for players of all levels. The pressure is on your daughter to make sure she makes the team or else she faces being cut. I wanted to share some must-do tips that will help your daughter to impress any coach at the next tryouts!

1. Introduce yourself

The first thing you should do when you arrive (early) is introduce yourself. Make sure the coach knows your name and remembers who you are. This is important because if the coach knows your name and has talked to you, they are much more likely to watch you and think about you during tryouts.

If you put yourself out there and take time to talk to the coach, it will show him/her that you are willing to go above and beyond to make the team and showcase your talents.

If you are trying out with a coach that you already know, don’t get complacent. Make sure you greet your coach before tryouts and thank them afterwards. Remember, you still need to make a good impression.

2. Have a good work ethic and pay attention

In order to stand out, you should be the hardest working player on the field. Take your rest periods when needed, but when you’re performing a drill, you need to leave everything on the field. Jog, don’t walk, when transitioning to different drills or rest breaks.

Coaches love players who work hard, but they also love players that pay attention and follow directions. When your coach is talking, stop what you’re doing and PAY ATTENTION! When you know the directions, you will be able to perform better and your coach want to have a player like you on their team.

3. Get out of your comfort zone

Tryouts can be scary, but it is important to get out of your comfort zone and play with confidence. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. If you aren’t making any mistakes then you aren’t trying hard enough. Show your coach that you are pushing yourself to the limit and you will automatically stand out from the crowd.

This goes for the social aspect as well. Not only should you introduce yourself to the coach, but also to the other players. Don’t hide, make it known that you are a leader and a good teammate.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to have fun! Coaches like players that have fun and love the sport- after all, no one wants a Debbie Downer on their team!


Follow these tips and you will be sure to impress any coach at tryouts!

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