Tryouts can be a very unnerving time for juniors - as well as their parents.
USA Volleyball shares this article from Psychology Today to help you manage tryout anxiety.
A common young athlete distraction is their parents. Some kids constantly gaze at mom or dad—another bad look. Coaches are leery of over-involved parents and their overly dependent kids. Athletes needing to know every mom and dad's reaction is a telltale sign of a distracting helicopter parent.
A few suggestions for parents: Please drop off your child and leave. If you must stay, don’t hover. Find a distant spot out of your child’s eyesight.
Also, you don’t need to ask if they need a Gatorade. They are perfectly capable of caring for their own refreshments, equipment, and bathroom needs. It’s a huge tryout plus when kids demonstrate independence from mom and dad.
Let kids fend for themselves. It's their tryout, not mom or dad’s.