3 Must-Haves for a Great Tryout

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Everybody holds tryouts, but holding a great one can be tricky. Make sure you have all the right Forms, Drills and Schedules to hold a Successful Tryout!

On the surface, tryouts can seem pretty simple – you just pick the best players and add them to your team – right? But what do you have them do & how do you measure everybody’s results? Read on and I’ll tell you.

Tryouts are really important for most teams, and yet they only happen once-a-year, which makes it tough to hold a good one. So let me help. All the following information – and much more – is contained in our eClinic – Everything You Need to Know About Holding a Great Tryout.

There are 3 main areas that you’ll want to have thought out and covered the next time you hold a tryout:

  1. Evaluation Forms – The more you can measure the performance of your players the better decision you’ll make and the more likely you’ll end up picking the best player/s for your team. While that sounds obvious, we aren’t used to measuring most softball skills. Watching a player bomb a pitch over the fence is easy to see, but finding the player with the best bat control, bunting skills and ability to be a great role-player or teammate   might help your team way more, and yet that player is much more ikely to blend into the scenery. But not if you use the Evaluation Forms (like the one listed below) that come when you get our Tryouts eClinic.

Evaluation Forms are also VERY helpful when more than 1 coach is working tryouts. Every coach will have a slightly different opinion on each player but when all of your coaches are using the same evaluation methods on every player, it results in the confidence of knowing that as a staff, you’ve picked the best players for your team!

  1. Schedule – So you have your forms, now what. You’ve got to make sure you create a schedule that allows you to find the positions you’re looking for, doing the skills that you need to improve your team. The schedule for your tryout will be different than your daily practice schedule, so make sure know at least 2 different tryout schedules that allow you to see how your possible future-players will do under pressure, in game situations and in a team setting.

If you need more speed this year then you’ll want your tryout schedule to give player not only lots of time to show how fast they are, but also a couple different ways of doing so. Let’s say throwing accuracy has been a big problem for your infielders, then you’ll want to devise some ways to really see if the kids trying out can not only field groundballs, but can make accurate throws from all types of situations.

Knowing and having different evaluation schedule is super important to exposing both strengths as well as the weaknesses in any future players you might select.

  1. Drills/Activities – And finally, what drills will you take players through that will separate the strongest, toughest and best players from the others? These won’t be standard practice drills which are designed to either teach players skills or improve the skills they currently have, while tryouts are about uncovering skills – both weak and strong ones. We give you lots of different drills and activities to help you discover not only the best players but also the diamonds in the rough.

Let us help you Hold a Great Tryout with our eClinic – Everything You Need to Know About Holding a Great Tryout!

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