1. Introduce Yourself/Talk to the Coaches
This is especially important at schools where there is a large number of kids trying out and/or if the player has not met the coaches. Often times, all other things being equal, coaches will choose players they know.
Introducing yourself to the coach will at least put you in the coaches frame of mind. If you have met the coaches before, continue to get to know them by talking to them before or after practice.
2. Win Every Sprint
Winning sprints at your youth basketball tryouts are a great way to impress the coaches.
This is the only one that does somewhat depend on how in shape you are, and how much your coaches make you run in tryouts.
If a player does this, or at least attempts to win, coaches will take notice as these are the types of players all coaches want on their team … players so competitive that they want to win something as small as sprints and are willing to endure the discomfort to do so!
3. Be Loud/Talk on the Court
Too few kids use their voice (loudly) when playing basketball, although it is a vital part of the game. Being loud and talking (during drills, scrimmages, games) is a sign of confidence and a willingness to help others. This also demonstrates leadership!
This also works to constantly grab the coaches’ attention by serving as an audible reminder that you’re on the court and to watch/notice what you’re doing.
4. Listen/Pay Attention to Instructions/Coaching
There are not a lot of things more frustrating as a coach than giving instructions on a drill or in a scrimmage/game, and a player simply doesn’t listen or pay attention and then proceeds to screw up the drill or game.
5. Do the Little Things/Make the Hustle Plays
Not everyone can be the best shooter or ball handler or passer or whatever. However, everyone has the ability to dive on the floor, go after a loose ball, box out, take a charge, etc. These are the “little” things that add up to big things, like WINNING.
Good coaches understand this and typically have a few kids on every team that specifically do the little things and make the hustle plays. Players like Dennis Rodman and Kenneth Faried made it to the NBA as “hustle” players, and you can make your team being one of them too!