Being in the thick of the offseason is a great time to set goals for the upcoming season. Enjoy your time off. Rest your body. Use this time to analyze what you want out of this sport. Personally, I take the offseason to fall in love with the little things again. The high releases, the beers after games, the catching up with everyone, and of course defending your league title.
Knowing that tryouts are around the corner, it's a good time to think about how you will attack it. Here are a couple of ideas that will help you when preparing for a tryout.
- 1. Find your thing. Try to define your best qualities as a player and highlight them. At the end of the day, you want to showcase your strengths. It is easy to question yourself at a tryout but having a couple things to fall back on when it gets tough is vital to your success. It can be a certain throw or type of cut.
- 2. Be your number one fan. You are competing against everyone at a tryout and if you don’t believe in yourself then nobody will. Remember the effort you put in. That you want this. When the opportunity is there you will take advantage. Trust the preparation and play loose.
- 3. Be a presence. Make sure you are known. Make a point to talk to decision makers (respectfully). Your head is a big part of this sport. Showcase it. Be confident but humble.
Alison "Fish" Fischer
- 1. Ask for feedback. Whether it is from a coach, captain or other leaders in your community, feedback can be a great tool to help you improve off-season. Be as specific as possible when requesting feedback. Trying out for a new team or new role? Ask the leadership what type of skills they are looking for to fit that role. Want to get more playing time? Find out what type of improvements the coach would like to see (fitness-related, skills-related, game IQ, etc). Be open and receptive to feedback, even if you don’t agree with it. And then get to work!
- 2. Set the tone. Do the paperwork ahead of time. Show up early to tryouts. Be attentive. Be positive and respectful with coaches, captains and players. Be encouraging to your teammates, and leave the coaching to the coaches. Be the kind of teammate you’d like to have.
- 3. Fake it till you make it. It’s normal to be nervous at a tryout. But if you are too nervous, your muscles will be tense and you’ll play tight. Even if you don’t feel confident, act confident. Stand straight and tall. Attack the disc. Smile. Trick your body into relaxing so you can perform your best when it counts. If nothing else, find a way to have fun.
Why am I here? What do I want to accomplish? How can I showcase my talent? Do I look confident? Am I being a good competitor? What is my goal?
Photos: Gaetan Dussault