Winter sports have commenced. Basketball and soccer tryouts provide the coaches the opportunity to see the talent and skill that Samueli athletes possess, and to begin to formulate their teams.
Basketball tryouts start with completing a form, where prospective players provide their name, grade, and age. Then all the athletes are asked to line up and run drills. The drills allow the coaches to assess the players’ skill level individually. After all the students finish their drill, the coaches create teams to review the players during a scrimmage. The same activities happen on the second day of tryouts. After a couple of days of tryouts the coaches have a good idea of the players’ skill level.
Some people are ready for tryouts and are up for the challenge. “I know the tryouts might be a challenge, but I’ll be up to it,” states Alex Rodriguez. Many other students who are trying out agree with Alex. While others are anxious, especially waited for the results to see who made junior varsity or varsity.
Finally, the list is published. “The tryouts were hard and I knew there were some people who didn’t have much experience,” said Alex Rodriguez, “I’m still looking forward to the season, since making the team was a great feeling for me.”
Soccer tryouts are a similar process. Many students practice with other students to increase their stamina and prepare for the intensity of the tryouts. Some students struggle when participating in tryouts if they haven’t been conditioning before the tryouts.
Trying out for any sport can push an athlete to his or her limit, but most feel it is worth it for a chance to make the team.
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