Many of our UK Elite families and players are right in the middle of tryout season. A typically difficult and stressful time of the year for all involved. However here at UK Elite we believe it is a time that should be celebrated for what it is – a showcase of your child’s skill and development.
Tryouts are the culmination of all the hard work players and coaches have put in through the previous year to bring them to this point. It is a period of the year where the development of children should be acknowledged and built upon heading into the next stage of your child’s soccer development.
That being said, here are some cautionary words to share with those involved in the tryout process:-
Don’t worry about the coach watching you – Just relax, play your game and demonstrate what you have learnt over the year. The coach is constantly aware of what is going on so don’t feel like they missed anything you did. Just enjoy the moment and have fun!
Be attentive and concentrate – Be ready to play at all times and do as the coach asks. If you are asked to swap fields or move teams, do it quickly and start playing again. A good attitude is always noticed at tryouts and is vitally important a soccer player.
Successful tryouts don’t guarantee success on the field – As we know, the only way to succeed in ANY sport is with hard work, dedication and a genuine passion for the game. Build on your tryout and keep working hard, ensure you apply yourself in training and listen you your UK Elite trainer!
Set goals and targets to get where you want to be – For those soccer players who didn’t have the best tryout, set yourself goals and targets that your coach can help you with over the course of the year to prepare for your next tryout. Remember “Better Never Stops”
At the end of the tryout always thank your coaches and parents and no matter how you did; learn from the experience and grow as a player. There is always more soccer to be played!
As parents please remain supportive of your child throughout the whole process, understand that decisions made now are not permanent and that encouragement and support will help your child reach their full soccer potential – which is what we all want to happen.