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How to make an Unforgettable Impression at Lacrosse Tryouts

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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You’ve been waiting all year for lacrosse tryouts. You’ve been doing everything from wall ball to wind sprints to prepare. Now that the time has finally arrived, here are a few final suggestions to help you create an unforgettable impression.

5 Ways to Impress your Coaches at Lacrosse Tryouts

1)      Play to your Strengths

A balanced lacrosse team is full of athletes who have different skill sets. There are players who excel at shooting, passing, defense or other fundamental parts of the game. Whatever your specialty is, let it shine in lacrosse tryouts.

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For example, if you excel at recovering ground balls, play to that strength. Grab every ground ball you can. Your coaching staff may then remember you as that player who really has a nose for the ball.

2)      Hustle, Hustle, Hustle!

The easiest way into a coach’s heart is to hustle all tryout long. It can be a real difference-maker for players who are on the verge of being cut.

Every player can and should do these simple things right:

  • Run hard through every drill
  • Chase after fast breaks
  • Sprint to the end line after missed shots
  • Chase after ground balls

By hustling hard every minute, you will make yourself standout from the crowd.

3)      Be a Team Player

No matter your skill level, it’s important to be known as someone who puts the team first. In other words, leave ball hogging for pick-up games.

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Lacrosse coaches are looking for players who can elevate their teammates’ play. Whether you have the ability to thread the needle or communicate on defense, unselfish moves can help you get noticed.

4)      Maintain a Positive Attitude

Even though lacrosse tryouts can be grueling, it’s important to remain positive. You can score points by keeping your chin up even when the ball doesn’t bounce your way.

You can display a positive attitude by doing these things well:

In sports, a positive attitude is contagious. If you are the type of player that is able to raise your team’s morale, you will have a better shot at winning a spot on the squad.

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5)      Be Confident

At any age, lacrosse tryouts can be stressful. You only have a few days to show the coaches that you deserve a spot on the field.

But, there’s no need to panic. You have prepared all off-season to make the team. Be confident in your skills. Try your best and let the rest fall into place.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Player Development