When your student wants to try out for a team, you should encourage it. That's because teams are great for your child's overall development. They encourage good sportsmanship, dedication, health, and structure. Your child will first have to try out for the team to secure a spot. If you want to make sure your child is prepared for tryouts, there are some things to keep in mind:
Choose Something Your Child Loves
The decision to join a sport should be your child's. If they're not passionate about it then chances are that they would quit early on from becoming disinterested. Spend time talking with them about what they like. Perhaps there is a sport out there that they've never heard of but that you think they might be interested in. Let your child try different sports, and don’t be disappointed if they hate something you like. Be patient and help them find the sport they love.
As with anything in life, you want your child to practice the sport they're trying out for ahead of time. It's never a good thing to just wing it, especially not when trying out for a sport like football or wrestling. Have your child watch videos or read up on books that teach them how to practice their craft. Spend time actually going over moves with them. If they're trying out for baseball, take them to the batting cages. If they're trying out for martial arts, have them get into shape and learn the tradition behind it. Teach your kids an aspect of the sport that will set them apart from the crowd.
Get Lots of Sleep the Night Before
Tryouts are exhausting and that's why it's crucial to make sure your student gets a good night's sleep the night before a tryout. This will help their brain and body rest up before the big day. If they're tired, they can't perform their best. They will be sluggish and distracted which will be reflected in their performance. A potential coach will take note of this and not want them on the team.
Remind Children that Education and Sports go Hand-in-Hand
Make sure your student meets the GPA requirements in order to play their chosen sport. If they don't get good grades, they'll be dropped from the team. This alone is reason enough to keep careful track of your student's GPA. However, it’s about more than the GPA itself. In principle, you don't want your student focusing on their sport over their schooling. That's why it's key to remind them that education does come first. Before making the team, make sure your child has their priorities aligned.