Last updated on August 4, 2021
Hey girls! If you are considering trying out for your high school football team, here is some advice to help you calm your nerves.
This year is going to be my third year playing football as the placekicker of my high school team and my second year as the starting varsity kicker. I am currently the only girl on an all-boys team. Now, I can’t guarantee that your experience will be the same as mine, but these tips will help trying out feel less daunting.
Out of all the advice, this piece is definitely the most important. Have confidence in yourself. It may seem scary to be in an environment of only boys, but if you believe in yourself and your abilities, they will too. Confidence will also allow you to make the most of this opportunity and persevere when things get tough.
This applies especially during games. If you mess up, pick your head up and try again. Sports in general are very mental and require a positive mindset to be successful. This may seem hard because at the moment you most likely will dwell on your mistake, but instead focus on the future and how you can improve the next time. Know that you are capable and have faith in your abilities!
You must know what you are signing up for and the amount of dedication required. Your team relies on you just as much as you rely on them. By not showing up to practice or participating in all the drills, you are not only not pushing yourself but letting your teammates down as well. The only way that the team will be able to function the best it can is by putting in the effort to work together.
As a girl, I expected that the stigma that women aren’t as capable as men would allow me to cut corners. I was wrong. Although it did make everyone on the team extra nice to me, as I became older, more was expected from me. This meant working outside of practice, conditioning with the team, and even lifting weights.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Understand that you will not be perfect and set realistic expectations for yourself. When it comes to speed and lifting, know that it will be very difficult to lift the same amount as your teammates and reach the same top speeds. Don’t get discouraged! Focus on improving yourselves and do not compare your journey with others around you to prevent unhealthy competition.
Enjoy the Experience
Lastly, make sure you are having fun! You want to make the most out of your high school experience and do what you think you would enjoy the most.
I wish you the best of luck if you decide to try out!