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8 Reasons Why You Didn’t Make the Team

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You’d be amazed to learn why some players don’t make a softball team. If this has happened to you, or one of your friends, then be sure you know the 8 reasons why players didn’t make the team.

It’s never easy being told you’re not good enough. No matter why that happens, or how young or old you are when it does; it’s never easy to take. If it’s happened to you and you’re like most people then we look inside ourselves as if something’s wrong with us. Almost as if we’re broken. But when it comes to not making a softball team, there can be lots of different reasons why you didn’t make the team – and you being broken usually isn’t one of them. Before we check out the reasons, I think it’s important to mention that while it’s hard not making a team, it’s not cool at all to criticize the coach for cutting you, or other players for making the team. No one tried to hurt you on purpose so do your best not to bad-mouth others and don’t let your friends or family members bad-mouth anyone either. You show the world a lot about you in times of trouble, so show everyone how to behave by congratulating those that made the team and working hard to make next year’s team!

Now let’s check out the 8 Reasons Why You Didn’t Make the Team:

  1. Someone Else Was Better – Let’s face it, sometimes this happens. It doesn’t mean you weren’t good. It doesn’t mean you didn’t try hard and do your best. It simply means there was somebody better than you. And while it hurts that you didn’t make it, and you’re really disappointed, if you want to make it next time, then study that person that was better and start practicing to become that person for next time!

  2. You Weren’t Your Best That Day – This happens, particularly on 1 Day tryouts. It doesn’t mean you aren’t good, but it probably means that you weren’t your best on that day. Instead of being mad at the coach, put more practice in so that next time you can trust your preparation and relax so that you WILL be your best when tryout day rolls around!

  3. They Already Had Lots of Good Players at Your Position – This is a reason that isn’t usually easy for players to see, but it’s something that coaches take into account. Coaches need lots of different kinds of players to make up a team, and it isn’t always made up of just the best players. If you’re a shortstop and your team already has 6 shortstops then you’re going to have a tough time making that team. You probably just got stuck in a position situation, that didn’t go in your favor.

  4. Other Players Played a Couple Different Positions the Team Really Needed, That You Didn’t Play – This one goes along with #3 in that coaches are looking to put a team together made up of lots of different positions. If you only play one position it means you’ve got to be better at that position to have a chance of making the team. Maybe you weren’t a bad player, but the other positions that you played were positions that the team already had covered. Maybe a few players that did make the team over you simply made it because they played other positions that the team needed. This can also be why a weaker player might have made the team – because she was probably trying out for a position that needed players and you weren’t.

  5. You Didn’t Bring Anything to the Team They Didn’t Already Have – Coaches are always looking to improve their teams and the biggest way they do that is through tryouts (or recruiting if you’re in college). So any player that shows up and adds value to a team is a player the coach wants to seriously consider keeping. Value can come in the form of skill, or attitude, or speed, or power or helpfulness, or even potential. What’s valuable to one coach may not be valuable to another so just remember that you may have been good, just not what this coach was looking for.

  6. You’re Too Young – If a coach is only allowed to keep a certain number of players and it comes down to 2 players for the final 1 spot, the coach will usually keep the older more veteran player. You can’t do anything about your age, but you can do something about your skill so if you didn’t make a team because you were too young, then go out and start practicing right now to get better so that next year the coach has to keep you!

  7. You Aren’t Good Enough – I know this doesn’t sound very nice, but sometimes you just weren’t good enough. It’s hard to take since nobody wants to be told they aren’t good enough. But, it doesn’t mean you’re not a good person, and it doesn’t mean you can’t be good enough next year – but you’ll have to work really hard to improve! It’s hard for you, or your parents to objectively see that you may not have been good enough since you’re too close to the situation. But, a coach isn’t as emotionally attached as you are. Coaches aren’t trying to be mean when they cut kids, they’re simply trying to pick the best “team” from their point of view.

  8. Your Attitude was Bad – While this is a reason that players aren’t picked, I hope it wasn’t your reason. Very few players have such a bad attitude that they would still try out for a team, but, once in a while it happens, and when it does, that player’s not making that team. Nobody wants to be around anyone with a bad attitude and coaches don’t want those kind of players on their teams.

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