Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school kids have a dream. A dream to play for their school’s soccer team, and a chance to be part of a team. Although soccer season doesn’t start for a few more months, the preparation for the tryout is one of the main parts.
Keys to making your high school soccer team
Train hard in the offseason to prepare for the tryout
High school coaches are not travel or rec league coaches. What that means is they don’t have to play you just because your parents pay a monthly fee to play. If you are not in top shape, they will not pick you, simple as that. The coach chooses you, not the other way around. You are competing with another 50 or so players who all have the same goal and you need to showcase your talent every single play. With so many players in a tryout, the number one way coaches weed out the players is by running, and running a lot. Be sure you are in top shape and that you keep up with all the rigorous running the coaching staff will put you trough in the first few days of tryouts.
You can’t serve two coaches
Like it or not, if you are playing for your high school team, you need to decided if that’s really what you want to do. You will come to a crossroads sometime during your high school career in which your high school coach will tell you one thing, and your travel/rec league coach will tell you another. Who will you listen to? The coach who can give you a shot at a college, or the coach who is there just for recreation? Every player came to this crossroad, even if they say they won’t, they did. Be 100 percent bought into the school program if you plan on making this a long-term goal.
Don’t forget this is a tryout
You aren’t part of the team yet, so don’t expect this to be anything like practice. This is every man or woman by themselves. What does this mean? Be a bit selfish. Don’t hog the ball every chance you get, but make sure you rise your stock by being the best player on the pitch. The best players are the ones that makes others around them better, so that doesn’t always mean scoring the most goals. How do you move off the ball, how you set players up, all that will factor in when a coach is looking at you. Like we’ve said before, this is a tryout. Don’t expect the coach to be looking at you all the time, but play as if he’s looking at you and only you.
If after all that you still don’t make the team, don’t lose hope, there’s always next season. Don’t let the coaches decision affect you in a negative way. Work harder, stronger, and smarter. Next season starts right as the tryout ends. The great players all had adversity to be where they are, nothing was handed to them. Everything was earned, not given.