Headed to football tryouts? What are the coaches looking for?
Tryouts and practices are physically demanding. Coaches expect players to come to tryouts in reasonable shape.
This page talks about the skills and performance your child should have for football tryouts. See football coach expectations for more information on what to expect after they make the team.
First thing to do is make sure the kids are in good physical shape.
Most sports programs require a physical from their doctor before they are cleared to play and sometimes even before they can tryout.
Find out from your school what forms need to be filled out in order to play.
Different schools across the country could have different forms, but most will be similar to these above. Please check with you child's school for details.
Most schools have websites where this information should be available under the athletics section.
Coaches will expect different abilities in their football players and have different requirements of physical shape depending on their grade in school.
For instance, a coach would require one set of skills from a middle school student and a different set from a high school student.
Off-season conditioning is primarily the player’s responsibility, so each child that wants to be a football player will need self-discipline to get in shape on their own.
What are high school coaches looking for during a football tryout?
In addition to the attributes listed below, high school coaches generally start with assessing a player’s ability to run a 40-yard dash.
Sometimes they have them run it alone, and other times they will have two players race side by side.
The 40-yard-dash is a good indicator of a player’s level of speed and endurance they might posses during a game. It also helps a coach indicate what position that player might be best suited for.
Having one of these traits probably isn’t enough. Being a good athlete isn’t enough.
Football requires an inner-toughness that goes beyond pure athleticism, and during tryouts is where you need to show these qualities.
If your child has the passion for the game, these qualities will show through.
Bring it your all!!!