8 Ways to Stand Out at a Volleyball Tryout
With tryouts for club season just around the corner, here are a few ways to make sure to be seen by coaches this season!
- Energy and Motivation. Coaches love kids who are loud, passionate and energetic. Cheer when you get points and motivate yourself and the people around you. It shows coaches that you really love the game.
- Attitude. It is so important to have a positive attitude and good body language. Never visibly show frustration, yell at others, or talk back to coaches. Negative attitudes can and will make or break your tryout.
- Hustle and effort. Make it a point to put maximum effort into everything you are doing. Dive after every ball. Run when you’re shagging balls. Hustle to and from water breaks or when coaches ask you to bring it in. This shows coaches you have good work ethic.
- Be coachable. When given instruction, make sure you are taking everything you’re given and actually use it. Even if it’s something different than you’ve been taught, stay open minded to different coaching styles and techniques taught. We can tell if you are actually trying to do what we asked you to.
- Ask questions. Asking questions means you are trying to process the feedback/information that is presented to you, if you are thinking about what the coach is saying, and then you are engaged in what’s going on. If you are engaged in what’s going on, then that shows coaches you want to get better. And if you want to get better that shows coaches you care.
- Advertise yourself as a multi-faceted player. Your position can and will change several times in your career. The most valuable players are the ones who perform more than one skill and play more than one position. Avoid saying “I only play outside,” and instead you can say “My main position is outside, but I can also hit right side and play back row if you need me to.”
- Communicate with teammates/be a good teammate. If you are someone who catches on fast, or has a little experience in the game, it’s a great look to help others who might not know where they are going or what they’re doing. Coaches love kids who talk on the court, bring people together during game play, cheer for others when they do well and pat them on the back when they make a mistake. It shows us leadership skills early on.
- Pay attention. Always know what drills or games you’re supposed to be doing. Never talk or goof off while coaches are instructing. It helps to do things like make eye contact with coaches and nod your head in understanding. This will show that you are paying attention and understand what you’re being told. And if you don’t understand, be sure to ask questions!