Well, we’re approaching the time for tryouts. I want to talk alittle about being coachable. I can’t stress how important it is to be a coachable kid. If your looking to make a JV or Varisty team, your going to need to listen. And listen well. If the coach tells you something during trouts listen to him! If another kid tells you something, listen to him! Make eye contant if the coach is helping you out. If he tells you something nod your head and listen. Show him that you are working on what he’s telling you to do. Even if you disagre with him. Pitching especially is a very complex topic and there is a lot of controversy. But I’d rather go against my beliefs, at least for tryouts, than not play baseball at all, I don’t know about you guys?
Almost every team has one of these kids. If your team has one of them take advantage of him. You know the kid who’s most likely a senior or experienced player. He’s good, maby very good. He knows his stuff and he’s a leader. He helps anyone out that he can. Trust me my friends, use this kid to your full advantage. If any player, especially the good ones that you know will make the team, tell you to do something listen to them. First off they will make you better. Second, if your coach sees one of these guys complimenting you for doing what he says and this is a trusted kid by the coach, that makes you look good. Use that to your full advantage.
If you guys don’t think this is important your foolish. Let me give you an example. Last year we had quite a few 8th graders trying out for the team. But first you have to pass a fitness test. But we had a few too many and the Athletic Director wanted our coach to choose his best 5 or so. Well now my coach is in a prediciment. He has these kids that he knows little about and has to weed out the bad ones. I was standing next to the coach and he’s complaining about having to cut kids before tryouts by seeing them throw in a gym. He sees this one kid and says to me, “wow that kids got a prety good arm, he throws sidearm though. You played in the summer with him what do you think?” I responded, well your right he has an arm but honeslty he’s not coachable. I tried to correct his weird sidearm throw and give him tips for pitching. He didn’t budge. Them my coach said, “Yeah well I was talking to him about the way he throws and he wasn’t listening to me or trying to change.”
The kid never got a chance to do the fitness test and tryout for the team. Just like that, my coach didn’t want any part of a kid that’s not going to be coachable. If your young especially make sure you show the coach that he can sculpt you into what he wants. No coach wants a youngin’ that isn’t going to listen or get any better.
Make sure you think this over during tryouts. Good luck to all.