This season I had an increasing number of players asked me for advice and tips on how to ace volleyball tryouts both for club and high school since they occur so close together.
I have 7 tips listed below that I hope will help you this tryout season.
1. Think positive.
2. Don't overthink or doubt your abilities.
3. Stay in the moment by focusing on the ball that's in play.
4. Let your excitement and adrenaline work for you not against you.
5. If you feel distracted, relax and focus on following coaches instructions.
6. if you feel overwhelmed focus on breathing and bettering the ball.
1. Think positive, believe that you are strong and remind yourself that you deserve to compete for a spot on a particular team just like anyone else does.
2. Don't overthink or doubt your abilities because many times you’re better than you give yourself credit for.
When you overthink your actions while on the court often that means you aren’t “ in the moment” or you’re not focused on just playing this ball you have right now … you’re worried about what happened in the past.
3. Stay in the moment by focusing on the ball that’s in play.. that’s when you make the plays you’re supposed to and then are relaxed and ready to react to make amazing offensive and defensive plays that you didn’t think you were capable of making.
4. Let your excitement and adrenaline… work FOR you NOT against you. Keep working and relax, play smart and have fun. Evaluate yourself later when everything is over with but not during the tryout process just go with the flow, then rise above.
5. If you feel distracted because you see so many different athletes competing for the same position you are… relax and focus on following instructions .. coaches are always looking for athletes that follow directions quickly.. regardless of what their specific team needs are.
6. If you feel overwhelmed, just keep breathing deeply and work on “bettering” the ball. Make each ball that you touch just a bit better than the ball you received… and you’ll be fine. Pinky promise!
7. Compete, play hard and TALK, Talk, Talk on the court. (Not when coach is talking) but in every other moment .. because that helps you stay out of your head but more importantly that helps you get noticed.
Quiet players are hard to read and hard to help, (and ain’t nobody got time for that during a fast moving match) but players that communicate constantly are easier to notice and they sound like leaders.
Good luck to you (and your friends and teammates) during tryouts this weekend!
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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.
Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.
If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list.
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