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What drills should I use for my team tryouts?

What are some great drills to use during tryouts with 30 or more players for a JV high school team? I have two weeks to evaluate and choose my team. Thanks!

play a game only. This will give you a better indication who is stronger in a game scenario

 

I would recommend a combination of basic skill drills (pass and follow) to give all players ample time to touch the ball and show their basic skills, followed by a match as Dylan suggests.

What would also be helpful would be to have two smaller games going on at the same time so players have a chance to shine (7v7 and 8v8) - this would mean you would need an assistant coach to watch one game while you watch the other.

Example group passing drill (see below).  You can reverse the direction with a whistle to keep players on their toes.

The key thing to remember is players will be nervous, so try to look for players with good fundamentals (touch, passing accuracy, speed) - but also look out for match awareness. Some players might have excellent skills but no game awareness.

Good luck with the trials - let us know how you get on!

Simple pass and follow

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Set out grids about 5 by 5m.

Player by each cone with 2 players starting on the first cone (could be more depending on numbers). Player with the ball starts by passing the ball to the player on the next cone. (anti clock-wise to start with) with their right foot and controlling the ball with their left foot. after the ball has gone round 2 times switch by passing the ball round clock wise ( with left foot only and control with right foot)

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