Try outs can often be a nerve racking time for many. For some, this may be your first time going through the selection process, for others you may be a seasoned athlete with numerous years under your belt. Either way, tryouts can often be a difficult situation for athletes to stand out, too often the pressure to perform over just a few hours can be overwhelming so making sure you are best prepared for them can be quite beneficial. 

Here are some tips and thoughts to best to prepare and navigate tryouts:

EAT A BALANCED DIET AND GET SOME QUALITY SLEEP  
For the weeks leading up to try outs, what you put into your body is important just like getting some quality sleep can lead to better performance.

BE EARLY AND GET READY
First impressions are everything when you only have a short amount of time to stand out. Arrive early, get signed in, lace up and roll/do the CORE ADVANTAGE warm up series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbZZPHn7NnQ&t=22s. Arriving late to try out never bodes well for any one, can often increase stress levels and create a poor first impression.

DO THE LITTLE THINGS
Be the first person in when the coach blows the whistle, Be the first to set up a drill and run when moving between drills or drink breaks.

LISTEN TO WHAT THE COACHES HAVE TO SAY
Coaches will often say what they are looking for when it comes down to it throughout the session, so just paying attention can be quite advantageous. This also means asking questions if you don’t understand something (be sure to have been listening before). Chances are if you don’t understand the instructions, someone else might not so be speaking up and asking questions can show confidence.

DO WHAT YOU DO BEST
Play to your strengths. For example, if you don’t shoot 3’s well, don’t go shooting them when playing.

SHOW OFF YOUR HUSTLE
Hustle is something we can each control, so show off your HUSTLE! We all have some form of hustle, so be sure to get after the ball on defence, bring energy, talk often and fight for loose balls.

MISTAKES HAPPEN
We all make mistakes, we are human. Don’t let it affect how you go about the next possession or next drill. Hold your head high and keep competing. 

COMMIT TO PLAYING DEFENCE!
While tryouts are often made up of different individuals, usually at some point you scrimmage 5vs5 and there is only 1 basketball on the court at a time so you actually get to spend very little time with the ball in your hands, but you get to spend about HALF your time playing defence so use that time effectively! TALK OFTEN AND EARLY! REBOUND!  

Try outs are a difficult time for everyone involved so always be respectful to the coaches and the other athletes. 

Good luck!