Tryouts Tomorrow

posted Jul 31, 2019, 9:07 AM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jun 6, 2020, 1:56 PM ]

Tips On Standing Out At Volleyball Tryouts

Being involved in competitive volleyball tryouts can be a nerve-wracking experience. Making the team is the only reason every player in the gym has shown up.  It’s a high pressure environment and you'll need to be at your best to make the team. Being ready is the best way to make volleyball tryouts much less intimidating and improve your chances of making the team.  Below are easy-to-follow tips to help you stand out to the coaches and get noticed during volleyball tryouts. 

Quality Sleep
Quality sleep is important for every athlete. It’s a time when muscles recover and grow, and a time for our brains to reset. While it may be difficult with the impending tryout, it’s even more important to make sure you get a quality 8 hours of sleep the night before your tryouts. Avoid late nights, sleepovers, or binging on TV and video games. Something as simple as being well rested could give you an advantage over your competition.

Arrive Early 
Being late to volleyball tryouts WILL get you noticed…in a bad way! If possible, get to your tryout 15 - 20 minutes before it starts so that you’ll have time to warm up and prepare yourself mentally.  Being early will get you notices by the coaches as eager and committed. 

Be Organized and Prepared 
You only get one chance to make a great first impression.  The easiest way to make a negative first impression is showing up at tryouts unprepared. Make sure you have your paperwork, bottle of water, your shoes, knee pads, ankle braces, snacks and anything else you’ll need.

Look Like You Belong 
There’s no need to buy brand new shoes and fancy knee pads before the start of tryouts, but you should certainly look like a volleyball player.  Jean shorts and a tank top are not exactly normal volleyball attire. Not looking the part is a surefire way to get ignored at tryouts. 

Warm Up Before the Warm Up 
Most tryouts begin with some form of warm up, but you should do your own first. Stretch out, get loose, and get your muscles working. Coaches take notice of the players who are putting in work before tryouts start and doing so will also help you get focused in on volleyball ahead of time. 

Be There Physically and Mentally 
If you’re going to be at tryouts physically, you better be there mentally too. Being present means you’re always paying attention to what is going on around you. Volleyball tryouts isn’t a time to muck around with friends and daydream... It’s a time to show off your volleyball skills and prove to the coaches why you’re deserving of a spot on the team.  Don’t waste your opportunity. 

Give 100% Effort - EVERY TIME
Tryouts are the time to prove that you take your volleyball seriously. ...Coaches love player who give full effort on every repetition during tryouts and practice and it will make you stand out. Giving less than 100% effort will make you stand out in a negative way.

Demonstrate a Positive Attitude 
A “Negative Nancy” is quite possibly the worst teammate in existence. Coaches can’t stand playerS that sulk after every error and generate a negative energy towards themselves or others’ mistakes. Demonstrate positive encouragement toward other players during drills and competitions. Displaying a positive attitude makes you stand out and proves to the coaches and other players that you’re a good teammate to have around. 

Follow Directions 
Coaches look for players that can follow directions and don’t waste time.  If it’s time to set up hitting lines, do it.  If it’s time to get water, do it.  If a coach needs to repeat themselves several times, they’ll become frustrated because of all the wasted practice time. 

Be Coachable - DO NOT Argue 
Volleyball tryouts are not the time to disagree with a coach about hitting technique. If you get a coach directing you to change your technique, do it.  This shows the coaches that you’re willing to learn and that you can be coached.  Coaches will always select a player that can be coached before a player who will argue or not change. 

Demonstrate You Are a Well-Rounded Player 
You may think you’re the team’s best outside hitter... and it may be true. But be prepared for the coaches to think differently. If they want you to set, set. If they want you to block middle, block middle.  Show you are capable of a playing a variety of roles/positions.  This will make you more important to the team and more likely to make the team. 

Be the First to Raise Your Hand 
Be the first to volunteer to demonstrate a drill or collect volleyballs or do whatever is requested.  Be the first to raise your hand high up in the air. It’s a simple way to get noticed and show you’re willing to help out. Don’t hide in the back, step forward and get involved. 

Be the Loudest
Communication is vital in the sport of volleyball.  If there is one phrase you’ll guaranteed to hear during a volleyball practice, it’s... “Call the ball.” And it’s even more important than usual when you’re playing with unfamiliar teammates. Communicate loudly and frequently to show that you have a firm grasp of the communication terminology and you’re willing to speak up. 

Put Your Leadership Skills on Display 
Leadership skills are a highly desired quality that coaches love. Throughout tryouts, seek opportunities to gently lead others. Whether it’s showing a first-time beginner the proper approach to hit, explaining a drill to someone who didn’t understand, or simply encouraging teammates to give their best... Coaches notice someone who displays natural leadership. 

Make Your Confidence Clear 
Confidence is displayed by being aggressive. Hesitation has no place at tryouts. Swing hard when hitting and don’t hold back through fear of making a mistake. These things show coaches that while your technical skills may need some tuning, your confidence will not be an issue.

10 Things You Should NEVER Do at a Volleyball Tryout
  1. Don't give your setter a hard time. Got blocked? Hit out? Shake it off and move on without placing blame.

  2. Don't bring your cell phone into the gym. Coaches don’t want to see you texting when you should be concentrating on volleyball.

  3. Don't form cliques. Be sure to rotate who your partner is for drills and invite new people into your group.

  4. Don't ever quit on a ball, even if you know it’s unlikely that you’ll get to it. Even in pepper! Coaches want players who give it their all on every ball.

  5. Don't talk when the coach is talking. it’s disrespectful and sends a bad message to the coach.

  6. Don't do anything halfway. Lazy footwork on free balls, not covering the hitter, walking to shag balls, etc. Give your all whenever you’re in the gym

  7. Don't pay attention to your parents on the sidelines. No conversations or gestures. Coaches want to focus on the player, not the parent.

  8. Don't carry a mistake with you into the next play. A coach can tell by your body language if you’re not over being blocked on the previous point.

  9. Don't be resistant to stepping into another position, even if it’s not the one you’re trying out for. Coaches want players who can adjust and are willing to be versatile if that’s what’s needed to make a drill work or help the team.

  10. Don't give off a negative vibe. Look like you’re having fun playing the game. Smile, be upbeat, support your teammates, and enjoy yourself. Coaches like players who bring positive energy to the court.