School fall sports try-outs are just around the corner. Is your child ready?
Here’s some things your child can do to help him get his best game on for try-outs.
Get plenty of rest/nutrition/water...all the tangibles that your child probably already knows, but may dismiss as unimportant.
Be conditioned. If your child is young, conditioning is not so important. But when your child gets to middle and high school, conditioning could be a deal-breaker for his performance.
Focus on intangibles: effort, unselfishness, and enthusiasm. Your child should come to try-outs ready to work, ready to listen, and ready to cooperate with others.
Alan Stein, from the Stronger Team Blog says that you can separate yourself from the crowd by focusing on the intangibles like effort, enthusiasm and unselfishness.
“If you are below average in athleticism, skill and IQ, but do these three things every day, you still have a strong chance to make the team. If you are below average in athleticism, skill and IQ, but do these three things every day, you still have a strong chance to earn quality playing time. If you are below average in athleticism, skill and IQ, but do these three things every day, you have a strong chance of playing in college.”
Don’t be too analytical and hard on yourself. My youngest daughter, who is often very hard on herself, would come home from volleyball try-outs, claiming she sucked. Then we’d hear from her coach later that she did great. All she saw was the balls she couldn’t dig out and he saw the effort she made to dig those balls out, even if she didn’t get them. Remind your athlete that coaches do not expect perfection. But they do appreciate hard work and effort.
Parents, what can you do?
- Keep from hovering at tryouts, especially if they are middle school and high school. You will only add to their stress.
- Let them talk about try-outs when they are ready; don’t drill them with questions on how they did and how everyone else did.
- Keep your worries to yourself. Be positive and supportive, even if you are dying inside because you want to know if your kid made the team.
Good luck to all as the new seasons begin!
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