For most kids, hearing that a college coach wants to watch a competition is filled with lots of emotions.
The initial reaction is one of excitement… “This is great! The coach must be really interested!” But then the nerves set in… “Oh no, what is the coach going to think when (s)he sees me play? What is (s)he looking for?” The nerves create fear, and fear leads to pressure… “I have to play well or the coach won’t want me.”
Yes, coaches want to see you play so that they can evaluate you. But they are looking at so much more than how many goals you score or birdies you make! My hope is that but shedding some light on what coaches are really looking for, you can stop worrying, move past the fear and play up to your full potential.
Here are five things coaches evaluate when they watch prospects play:
When I was coaching, I would almost rather see a prospect play poorly so that I could get a glimpse of his/her true character.
And finally, know that most coaches believe that seeing you play for only a few minutes or a few holes only provides a snapshot of your ability. Everything doesn’t ride on this one performance!