Your summer seasons are coming to a close and tryout season for tournament teams is about to begin. Here is your guide to tournament try outs: whether or not tournament ball is for you, should you stay on your team or find a new one, and how to CRUSH your tryouts!
New to tournament teams?
First - if you haven't played on a tournament team and are wondering if it's right for you here are a few things to ask yourself:
- Was I the best or one of the best players on my local teams?
- Do I want to commit every weekend of my summer to the sport I love?
- Is moving up to the next level exciting and I can't wait to practice all off season so I'm the BEST I can be by next year?
If you answered YES to any of the above then it's time to find some tryouts!
Tryouts for tournament teams are as early as late July and throughout August. Most teams will post their tryouts on
The Softball Zone
If it's your first year moving up, we recommend finding a team that isn't terribly far from your home and that participates in mostly local tournaments.
On a team already but wondering if you should change teams?
You had fun this year but maybe the team you are on just didn't seem like the best fit or maybe you are aiming higher and want a team that has a better schedule, or maybe the schedule you had this year was just too much!
Here are some reasons to stay with your current team:
- You love the coach and your teammates!
- There was little to NO DRAMA!!
- You improved alongside your teammates.
- The schedule was competitive and challenging.
- You know the grass isn't always greener!
Here's some reasons maybe it's time to look for a new team:
- You were far better than most of your teammates.
- The schedule was too easy.
- You didn't improve since the beginning of the season.
- You're just ready for a change.
- It just wasn't fun.
Now that you know whether or not you're gonna go through the tryout process here are some tips on how to crush your tryouts and find the right team!
- Approach the tryout as though the team and coach are trying out for you instead of you trying out for them.
- Go to as many tryouts as you can!
- Pick a few teams you're pretty sure you will make but also go to some tryouts that may seem out of reach - you may not make the team but the experience is invaluable and seeing how the elite organizations work is very eye opening.
- Be sure to practice HARD and come in for a tune up before hand to be sure your skills are sharp!
- Pay attention to how the coach coaches - is his or her style a good fit for you?
- Ask if they have any other players currently on the team that play your main position.
- If you are pitcher, and one of the coaches has a daughter who pitches on the team it's just something to consider... most dad-coaches are pretty good but there have been issues.
- At the tryout look your best and do your best. A lot of hustle goes a long way!
- Be sure to actually talk to the coaches and other team members!
Last couple things about tryouts...
Do not feel pressured to commit to the first team you get an offer from if you still have additional tryouts on your calendar. If that's the right team for you then, by all means, go for it! But if you have another team that you really wanted then let the coach who made the offer know that you have a few more tryouts and give him a date you can give an answer by. If they say the position may be filled before then - it's up to you but a good coach who really wants YOU will be happy to wait.
Not everyone can make the team and that's OK! As a matter of fact we think it's important to tryout for teams you think you won't make! Most teams will only have 3-4 positions open and some tryouts have 20 girls going for one position! Use rejection to motivate and remember EVERYTHING happens for a reason!