Hey guys, sorry I’ve been gone for so long, the past month and a half has been consumed by basketball. At the end of January I made my school team (!!!) and I’ve had practice every day. My post is going to be based off of how I prepared for basketball tryouts, but these tips can be used in most sports.
Ok, backstory… I made the team last year as well, and that’s what got me really into basketball. Last year I wasn’t the best on my team but I wasn’t the worst either, I wanted to change that. In the last season I realized what I was good at and what I needed to work on. I wanted to prove to myself and others that I could do better than my teammates and competitors. On the off-season I worked hard, and I joined a league in my town where I played tournaments every weekend. I would head over to my local basketball gym and practice my shot and dribbling and work out to keep in shape. Sure, there would be some weeks where I would just be out of it and too lazy to practice. In the end I always got up and persevered through it. When I came back to school tryouts this year I wasn’t Michael Jordan, but everyone noticed a big difference in my game, including my coach. Anyways the reason for this long story is to show that with hard work you can achieve your goal. Here is how I prepared for my tryouts, hope this helps 😉
My school tryouts are over the course of three days, the first two days being normal tryouts. Then the first cut is made. Then the third day is the last day and after that we find out who made the final cut. I don’t know about all of the coaches in the world, but most coaches like to pick people who they can see being good team players, meaning don’t be a ball hog but if you’ve got the lane take it. If you’re doing great at a drill and someone else is having trouble try to help them (but make sure you still focus on doing your best). If you’re having trouble during a drill, try to remember the drill and then after that day of tryouts go home and work on it. Then I’d come back the next day of tryouts feeling a little bit more confident in myself.
Skill & Drive
Here’s what you need to do:
- Figure out what you’re good at and what you need to work on in that sport.
- Work on those things until it become a strength. For example dribbling was not my strong suit, whenever I’d get passed the basketball I’d freak out and pass the ball to someone else or just throw up a crazy shot. Dribbling with cones helped my control and now I’m getting more confident in my dribbling. Also I used to be terrible at left-handed layups, but I would go to the courts and practice over and over again until it was just as good as my dominant hand.
- Make sure your form is good, whether it’s on shooting, batting, serving, or any essential things for your sport.
- Work out! No mater what sport you play you have to be tough to play your best. Working out certain parts of your body can help enhance things like shooting, dribbling, serving, ect… Work on your muscular endurance, so you don’t get extremely tired during a game.
- Once you’ve got the basics down, work on moves. An example for basketball would be behind the back dribbles, under the legs, spin moves, dunking (I can’t do that… yet haha), ect…
- Be aggressive! To be an athlete you have to know the difference between on-court/field and off-court/field. Coaches tend to lean toward more aggressive players, at least in basketball.
- Other than this just keep working at it and the more work you put in the more experience and skill you’ll get out!
I wanted to talk a little bit about confidence in this post because, although it doesn’t seem it, confidence is a big part of sports. Confidence used to be a problem for me in basketball. I would practice really hard on my own, but as soon as I’d step on the court for a game I’d get so worried about messing up and embarrassing myself that I’d do way worse. I just tried to remember that I practiced really hard and that even if I do mess up it’s not the end of the world, to just keep trying again and again. If that doesn’t work than fake it till you make it, I know it sounds stupid but it actually works lol. Eventually something will click, just like it did for me.
All in all just practice and be aggressive. Good luck!!!
Hope this post helps! If you have any questions or comments leave them down below. I don’t normally do a lot of sport posts, let me know if you like them 🙂