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Tips for Summer Elite Team Tryouts

Posted by Barry Marenberg on September 26, 2011

Summer 2012 select/elite team tryouts start THIS week in New Jersey!  For those of you trying out (or who have sons trying out), the following is some advice I can offer as a long-time lacrosse coach and from my past experiences attending these tryouts with my son:

1)      You have 2 hours (or however long the tryout is) to make the best impression possible.  It is not a long time so give it your ALL.  Psych yourself out from the start.  Bring your “A” game and give 100% effort from start to finish.

2)      If you get beat, fall down, make a mistake – get right back up and right back into whatever you are doing. Do not dwell on the mistake.  Recover and move on.

3)      Show your skills but be a team player as well.  If you knock a guy down, help him up and pat him on the back.  Cheer on other players.  Being a “team player” can be very important to some coaches/evaluators.  Your attitude, character and enthusiasm is very important to coaches.  Make it abundantly clear to all that you “want it!”

4)      There will be many coaches at these tryouts and they are all watching you (even when you think they are not).  If you are waiting online for your turn in a drill, don’t be talking or laughing it up about anything.  Look straight ahead and be ready to go when its your turn.

5)      At the 6th and 7th grade level, don’t dwell on which team or league is “better” than the other – at this point in time you should just be focusing on playing and improving yourself as a lacrosse player.

6)      Don’t be nervous.  Its lacrosse.  You play it because you love it and want to play it as much as possible.   Most of you have been playing lacrosse for years now.  Its nothing new.  Have fun.  If you are having fun you will do your best.

7) If a coach is speaking directly to you, respond with “Yes sir”, “No sir” or “Yes Coach”, “No Coach”.  When the tryout is over, approach each coach to say “Thank you” and shake his hand.

If any parent or player has any questions or wants to talk with me prior to tryouts I invite you to call or e-mail me.

I wish you all the best of luck!

Honor the game!

– Coach B


One Response to “Tips for Summer Elite Team Tryouts”

  1. Coach,

    Great comments, loved the articles!

    Coach Mike, ‘’

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