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5 ways to be a total team player

It's takes more than skills and talent to prove to Coach you're a great player.
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Great ideas for making the team! As a coach, these are definitely things I look for at tryouts. One more thing: dress to stand out. Like orange socks or a neon t-shirt. Or do braids if you dare. If I see a player doing things I like, especially if there are a lot of girls, I need a way to remember her. It's easy if I make a note: "orange socks, great first touch."

One other thing - bully coaches are out there. You're right that you need to get help if you can't manage it yourself. Sometimes parents are reluctant to talk to the coach because they think their kid will lose playing time. Often, a teacher, counselor, administrator or activity director at the school is the place to go. Don't go mad. Just bring the facts and bring reinforcements. You and some friends can have a strong voice together.

Thanks for the great advice and great magazine.

by wlebolt on 9/13/2011 11:17:06 AM


MOD? Hi, i'm joining soccer with NO experience at all. I figured I like the idea of it, all of my friends are on the team, and it's a good opportunity to get fit. But i'm still really nervous, what should i do? thanks!

Hey girlie!

That's great that you're thinking about getting fit! If all of your friends are on the team then why not ask them to help you prepare?  You can put together a hang out sesh to sharpen your skills before tryouts.  They're on the team already, so I'm sure they can give you some handy tips.
Jordan S.

by polska456 on 9/1/2011 4:35:09 PM


MOD MOD MOD!!! I have a talent. I'm excellent at every sport i do, without even trying. People always come up to me saying, "WOW! your sooo goooood!" Im getting fed up with people being jealous that I beat them at THEIR sport. Im even thinking not doing any sports, AT ALL. I'd rather have people like me then not do sports. Any help on how to get over this? I'm just sooooo confused :/ Thanks Mod Smile


Hey girl, don't give up sports because of other people! You have athletic talent, don't just throw it away! Maybe just try hanging back a little when your playing in gym class, and let other people take the lead so they aren't jealous.

Tory N.

by .bubblegum on 8/26/2011 12:13:31 PM


I play middle school soccer for my school, and our coach is awful. I know I should listen to what he's saying, not how loud he's saying it, but it's mean stuff. He'll tell us we're lazy, and that we need to run faster. He almost gave two girls asthma attacks last practice! If you're hurt and you're just warning him that you won't be playing your best, he gets irritated. The other day, he yelled at one of my friends and said "What's wrong with you?! Why aren't you stepping into the ball?!" He doesn't listen to us, if we tell him we need to do something different about our line-up, he just ingores it and is convinced he's right. Sorry it's so long, but please help!!

hey! try telling your parents or some other teachers about his behaviour and see if they will intercede on your behalf. good luck! 
Helen S.

by artsy1997 on 8/24/2011 5:42:29 PM


MOD MOD MODD!!! i started cross-country running today, thinking it would be fun. (some of my friends are participating, and i've run races before with no problem.) ITS TOTALLY NOT. i was sweating like crazy, i was really nauseous, and i was the last one to finish the laps. i feel like a failure that i can't do it. what if i really can't? i'm scared that i'll hurt myself or something. what should i do?

hey! if you hate it that much you should quit. I had to go to a dance school i hated for a whole year because my parents didn't want me to quit, and I was miserable. but if you still want to pursue it you should just try harder and stay strong! 
Helen S.

by MCLY1222<3 on 8/24/2011 5:34:36 PM

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