Volleyball tryouts are approaching! It’s almost that time of year when volleyball comes back into full swing across the world! A traditional school related volleyball season is from August – Early October, but every school is different. Young girls and boys are lacing up their Mizunos getting ready to try out amongst their peers. However, what does that mean? How do you try out if you’ve never played before? Where do you even begin?!
How To TryOut For Volleyball
Now let me begin by saying that EVERY SCHOOL and PROGRAM is very different. They abide by different regulations and rules so I would make sure to learn those before anything else! Learn about all the requirements (physical, age requirements, payment, etc.) for trying out for sports for your school/church/recreational program.
1. Finding Out About The Tryout
You have to know there’s a tryout to even try out right? Many schools and programs have an official website in which they announce their tryout date and time. They may even announce them on the school announcements before or after school, or post flyers around the school. If those methods don’t seem to yield information, ask volleyball players who were on the team previously, email the coach, or athletic director. Nothing is wrong with getting information! If your school or program isn’t as technologically friendly (and some are not), go to your main office and ask the admin or a coordinator. Finding out is the first step!
2. Preparing For The Tryout
Now that you’ve found out about the tryout, you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Okay, the tryout is on _____________, now what do I do?! I’ve never played before.’ The key to preparation is starting to prepare in ADVANCE of the tryout. If you can, start practicing months or weeks ahead of time to learn the basic skills (setting, passing, serving, and hitting). One way to start learning those skills is looking for a ‘camp’ in your area that hosts beginners, enlisting the help of a close friend (with volleyball experience), seeking a private volleyball coach, online volleyball tutorials **winks**, and most importantly going to volleyball workouts with the program you’re seeking to join.
Many schools and programs, host workout programs before tryouts to start conditioning athletes. These programs consist of beginner weightlifting, cardiovascular training, basic volleyball training, scrimmaging and starting to learn drills. These ‘sessions’ are very important to attend if they are offered! They show the coach and coaching staff that you are both motivated and passionate.
3. Day Before The Tryout
Before the day of your tryout, it’s time to start preparing our gym bag and outfit. What you choose to wear also has a reflection on your experience. A player who is donned in full athlete clothing appears more prepared rather than someone who is wearing their prom dress! Now, I am in no way saying to go to your local athletic store and clean them out, I’m saying to dress comfortably and for the event.
Now in a previous video (shown above), I spoke about the importance of ‘Standing Out’ amongst the crowd. The last thing to do during a tryout (selective process) is blend in. You want to be that wildflower amongst the brush! Here are some things that will help you stand out amongst others trying out!
Things To Know Before The Tryout
Day of Tryout
Don’t overthink it! Go in there with all the tools that you’ve learned to be the best volleyball player that you can be.
The Week Following
Coaches take their time to figure out exactly how they want to formulate the team. There is no set amount of time that it takes to deliberate so be patient! Some coaches may know 2 days after, while others may upward of 2 weeks. Keep an eye out for information on the callback.
In a later post, we will talk about how to understand callback info from coaches! Are you trying out for your volleyball team this season? What are some of the things that you’re doing to prepare? Until next time!