How to Make Your School Basketball Team

Three Parts:PracticingAt the TryoutsAt School

Making your school basketball team is a difficult task but here are a few tips that could improve your chances.

Part 1
Practicing

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    Practice before try outs to ensure that you are ready and that you are healthy that you are on top form by that time. Practice at least three times a week at your house or local gym.
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    Always try to practice with people you'll get used to making shots while being defended. This will help you to get better with making passes and being a good team player.
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    When training by yourself, make your practice session as game like as possible. Be sure to exaggerate and pretend to do fake moves that you are not actually going to do. Move around with fast control to confuse your opponents.
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    Before tryouts, not only train, but also participate in games. In particular, practice with older kids who are better than you. This helps you to improve your playing skills.
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    Do minor drills whenever you can. If it's not a practice day, just do some handles.

Part 2
At the Tryouts

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    Wear proper gear and turn in health and commitment forms on time. This shows how responsible you are.
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    Turn up early to try outs it will display your eagerness to play the game.
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    Relax. Picture yourself doing really well at tryouts. Imagine yourself making insane passes and hitting tons of shots. This will boost your confidence.
    • Watch plenty of highlights around when your tryouts take place. Seeing how others are doing will help you to spot the little details that pro players do, so that you can mimic them.
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    Introduce yourself to the coach and try to appear well mannered.
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    Display a good knowledge of the game to both your teammates and your coach.
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    Try to stay within the coach's line of view as much as possible. This will help your coach to observe your potential.
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    Be a team player. Avoid showing off, and be sure to pass to teammates who are in good position to make plays. Most coaches want a team player and one that knows what she or he does. Don't try to show off and use any of your streetball skills too much.
    • Don't yell at your teammates if they mess up a play. Simply encourage them.
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    Never get caught standing around or looking at your coach. Hustle on defense and look for opportunity to make plays on offense. Don't hesitate and follow your instincts when it comes to an open shot or layup.
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    Feel confident. Act as if you own the courts.
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    Leave a good impression, and play well . Make assists, grab rebounds, play good defense, try creating some turnovers that can lead to points.

Part 3
At School

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    Be a good student. Most schools will not allow you to participate in a sport with a failing grade. This will also give coaches an idea of what kind of student you are and will reflect it to what type of athlete you are. Students with better grades tend to have an advantage of making the team. It's not all about how good you are at certain sports.
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    Manage your time. Sports take up a lot of your extra time, but make sure you find some time to study or do homework. Colleges might consider giving you a scholarship for sports, but when they see that your grades are not what's expected at their level, they have every right to skip over you. You might be the best of the best or you might be better than Michael Jordan, but that's not an excuse to be getting bad grades. Although some may think sports are more important, school comes first.

Tips

  • Don't try to do fancy moves all the time, but do make sure you are noticed. If you have an opening, take it but don't force any shots.
  • Make sure you know all the fundamentals of basketball and build your skill level with them.
  • Try not to injure yourself while practicing before try-outs. It can be a big factor whether you make the team or not.
  • Go to all optional practices; it shows how you are going to be a team player.
  • Don't always do what your teammates tell you to do; believe in your game and use your better judgement.
  • Always make sure that you are dressed properly for the tryouts and wear the uniform that your basketball coach or your school has assigned you. Doing otherwise may make you look like you have no school spirit and may hinder your chances.
  • Don't over work yourself before the tryouts.
  • If you don't make the team don't be disappointed keep practicing to try to make the team next year.
  • Try not to be too disappointed if you are not picked, remember to ask the coach for tips on what you need to improve to make the team.
  • Before tryouts, ask your coach what you need to know to make the team, so you can improve on it before try outs.
  • If you are there early, practice and warm up (if possible).
  • Know when tryouts are, as well as how much time you have to practice so you won't run out of time to get all of your moves perfected. Also, if you don't really know the game, get a close family member or friend who play help you train.
  • Work at your own pace. Don't pass out.
  • When tryouts start, try not to be shy, because you must be confident if you want to play basketball in front of a crowd.
  • Find out the skills that you need to strengthen, at least two weeks in advance, and work on them!
  • Become friends with your coach. This will help them know you better!

Warnings

  • Do not risk other players' safety.
  • Do not risk personal injury to impress people during your try out.
  • Keep your ego in check.

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