By Courtney Austin.

Over the weekend, I sat down with two of my old teammates and reminisced over our years of softball tryouts. We talked about what was fun, what was hard, what we missed, and what was important. One thing that was obvious during our conversation was the importance of standing out during tryouts. It’s not enough to just be good; you have to prove it.

We decided these three steps were an easy recipe for standing out among the crowd of other hard-working players.

1. Be confident.
Always be confident in your ability as well as your future teammate’s ability. At this point, you know what you know and now is the time to prove it. If you make a mistake, shake it off and move on to the next drill. Keeping your head up at all times shows that you have a strong mental game. Being confident in your team shows that you will back them up no matter what happens.

2. Be a leader.
A great player with a bad attitude can bring down an entire team. Similarly, a positive attitude can make it. Whether you’re the best player or the worst, you can always be the loudest and the most enthusiastic. Cheer on your teammates and lead by example at the same time.

3. Be respectful.
It might sound obvious, but it is extremely important to be courteous and follow directions at all times during tryouts. Your coaches have put a lot of time and work into organizing these tryouts and you should respect that.

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Before you even go out on the field, make sure to check that your softball gear is in good shape and ready to help you perform your best. With seasons starting at many schools, start practicing these habits now. Mastering these tips will set you up to be the best you can be at your upcoming tryouts.

About the Author:

Courtney Austin is a member of Ringor’s Customer Experience Team..

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