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Last-minute Tryout Tips!

 
Lookin’ for last-minute tips to ace your fall tryouts? We turned to our fave experts (GL readers!) to weigh in on how to make the team.

Whether you’re goin’ out for varsity or are hopin’ to make JV, we’ve got no-fail advice for everyone!
 
Stay positive.
Have an extremely good attitude. One fear for me was that if I did make the team that all of the girls who had been on it before wouldn't be open to new people, which turned out to be not true. And don't forget that there are a ton of girls in the same shoes as you! -Emily, 15
 
Don’t be afraid to go solo.
Even though I loved tennis, I was hesitant to try out for the high school team. I knew that there would be many upper classmen and none of my close friends were tennis players. Everyone was very welcoming and the coaches didn’t judge the players too quickly. I soon got to know the team and sharpened up on my tennis. I made the team, met some older students and had a great season! -Cecily, 15
 
Training? Remember the basics (and don’t overdo it).
Make sure you stretch before and after and jog at a nice and easy pace. Drink lots of water to keep hydrated and be sure to wear good-fitting running shoes. -Olivia, 14
 
Ask for help.
Don’t feel intimidated. Ask if you don’t understand a drill or exercise! Chances are someone else doesn’t get it either. And if asking the coach is a problem, then feel free to ask another older play—they’ve probably already done the drill the year before. -Anne, 16
 
And 5 other fab tryout tips…
Break in your shoes ahead of time. Go running in your cleats if you have to!
Get tons of sleep. Nerves got you up all night? Eat a banana, read a boring book and get back to bed!
If you make a mistake, quickly fix it and keep going. You’re not gonna be perfect all the time and coaches like to see girls with sticktoitiveness. Be the girl with the great attitude.
Eat right and stay hydrated. Now’s the time to fuel your body (lotsa veggies, fruit, lean proteins and carbs) and drink loads of water.
Be prepared. Make a ginormous check list of everything you might need. From your hair-ties to your cleats, you should be ready. Don’t forget the little things, like an extra pair of socks and sunscreen.

BY KATIE ABBONDANZA, MILIANA BUDIMIROVIC AND BECCA COOPER ON 8/14/2009 12:57:00 PM

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