To maximize the potential of successful basketball tryouts, there are things that need to be worked on ahead of tryout day. For one, basketball tryouts can be physically demanding, so it’s important to be in relatively good shape. Assuming you have played basketball for quite a bit of time or have been dedicated to regular cardio workouts and strength training, this should be a non-issue. However, emphasizing basketball-specific exercises, such as running drills, plyometrics, and agility exercises is a bonus to get you in tryout shape.
In addition to being in good shape, it is a given that you have to be skilled at the fundamentals of basketball. The basics that should be mastered are dribbling, passing, shooting, and rebounding. A miss often times, but just as important, is working on defensive skills, such as footwork and positioning. A player can definitely distinguish themselves if they are skilled on both sides of the ball.
While it is important to master the physical, the mental state entering tryouts is super important. Tryouts can be nerve-wracking, but it’s important to stay calm and focused. Entering tryouts with a positive attitude and supportive of teammates can make tryouts go smoother.
So what are something that be may useful to consider on the day of tryouts or during tryouts? One is a proper introduction. Make sure you courteously introduce yourself to the coaches ahead of tryouts beginning. During tryouts, make sure you are giving it your all and focus on what some people may consider the little things like setting screens, diving for loose balls, and playing good defense. Coaches will absolutely take notice of this.
Secondly, there are times that coaches will provide instruction during tryouts to determine if you are coachable. Do your best to be receptive to the feedback and make adjustments in real-time during tryouts applying their feedback. Additionally, it is important to understand that basketball is a team sport and being unselfish is key. During tryouts, share the ball with your teammates and don’t expect to do everything on the court yourself.
Just remember things during tryouts may not go perfectly. Do not get discouraged if you make mistakes. Stay persistent and try to get back on track while maintaining a positive attitude. Coaches and teammates alike are more likely to want to coach and play with players who have a positive attitude. Acting this way is critical especially when there is taunting or trash talking happening. Remember to focus on your game and push out all that negative and distracting noise.
Ultimately the goal of tryouts is to show the coaches that you are a valuable asset to the team. By being prepared ahead of the tryout with the appropriate training and having a good mindset on the day of, you can increase your chances of making the team and having a successful season.