How to Survive Tennis Try Outs – 6 Secrets


In this video we cover 6 things you must know to have a successful tennis try out.

If you have comments or questions, please leave them below and we’ll respond.

Thanks for watching! 

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  1. Vern Baardson
    August 7, 2019 at 8:36 pm · Reply

    always such practical advice and easy to follow.
    thanks Jorge

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 9, 2019 at 1:06 pm · Reply

      Thanks Vern!

  2. Glenn Gerbino
    August 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm · Reply

    Helpful video, thank you

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm · Reply

      Thanks Glenn

  3. Hung Dam
    August 7, 2019 at 6:14 pm · Reply

    Coach Jorge,

    Always respecting your coaching!

    I also ask the players to showcase their volleying skills (effort?) when they are way a head on the scores to be considered as “double player” by the coaches.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm · Reply

      I like that

  4. Shanna
    August 7, 2019 at 5:43 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,
    I am a college tennis club president and I want to do challenge matches for members who want to travel to compete. Ideally, we would take 8 guys and 8 girls. We’d have about 15 guys try out and 10 girls try out. In the past we kinda just seeded everyone based on performance. What can I do to set up a bracket and make sure that everyone is properly seeded? Any suggestions?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm · Reply

      I would make sure to have a feed-in consolation so that anyone that loses in the main draw has a chance to feed into the back draw and eventually play against players in the main draw. This will help in case you miss seeding a good player and they get knocked out in the first round.

  5. Darren Willmot
    August 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm · Reply

    Great advice! Winter here in Cape Town SA not much Tennis going on .On good days try to get out to work on my game.Thanks Darren

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Darren

  6. bruce konyak
    February 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm · Reply

    Great advise…will pass along to my boys team..starting this week.
    Can you recommend a starting point for competing/constructing a “Ladder”. New season…not using my subjective mindset from last year’s players, and carrying it over to this season.(I know their at different levels) I’ve done some different formats over the years… Don’t have much time, about 2 weeks to work come up with 7 top players(Varsity spots) out of 15 total on team. I can “eye-ball ” the first couple of days of Try-Outs…and draw that line of an “A” Squad + “B” Squad..Then start from there with challenge matches.But who plays who? first in those matches..
    Just wanted to know how to do it fairly and everybody can have an opportunity.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm · Reply

      Bruce, I would try to make it so that once your A and B groups are set, then you have challenges where you play EVERYBODY in your group. Then you can use a simple round robin format, but I would still manually set it up inside the RR so that the best players play each other near then last rounds.

  7. Paul Marcum
    February 27, 2019 at 12:24 am · Reply

    Spot on- will share with some kids I coach and my daughters. Thanks Jorge!

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm · Reply

      Thanks Paul

  8. Dottie
    February 26, 2019 at 11:03 pm · Reply

    Thankyou always for your suggestions and I am learning from your advice.

  9. Will
    February 26, 2019 at 8:40 pm · Reply

    Jorge….you ARE the GOAT!! Great stuff!

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm · Reply

      Ha… thanks Will

  10. Lisa
    August 15, 2018 at 6:03 pm · Reply

    Thanks for this! Really great advice and easy to follow! I will share not only with the girls tennis team this season during tryouts, but it’s great advice to anyone that plays USTA and plays against friends.

  11. Michael
    August 7, 2018 at 11:49 pm · Reply

    You nailed it. Thank you. Will be having my players access your website

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 15, 2018 at 2:17 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome coach Michael.

  12. Wendy Weishaar
    August 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm · Reply

    Jorge & team,

    This is great. I posted this video on our high school team FB page prior to the start of practice in 6 days. We have a no cut team program however the kids wanting those top 6 Varsity spots still feel this pressure. Your 6 things to keep In mind I know will help them feel confident and prepared as we start our season. Thanks!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm · Reply

      Thanks for sharing Wendy and thanks for being a no-cut program.

  13. KEITH Orahood
    August 7, 2018 at 12:59 am · Reply

    Thank you…passing on to 70+ girls and their parents! We run a true “no cut” program at JSerra Catholic High School in SoCal, so nobody gets cut. However, challenge matches determine team and practice squad assignments, so there is some anxiety. Your words of wisdom will be comforting for them. 😀🎾👍

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm · Reply

      Thanks for sharing Keith and thanks for being a no-cut program.

  14. Randy Ecker
    August 7, 2018 at 12:13 am · Reply

    I find this to be great advice. I watch your videos daily and encourage my players to watch them also. I use your tips in my practices. I have coached high school tennis for 39 years and greatly appreciate your many tips!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 7, 2018 at 9:55 pm · Reply

      Thanks Randy!!

  15. Chuck Sanchelli
    August 6, 2018 at 11:17 pm · Reply

    Good information, as usual. Easy for kids to understand. Thanks.

  16. Lisa Beam
    August 6, 2018 at 8:05 pm · Reply

    Always enjoy reading your tips & seeing your videos! Great advice for try-outs. As a recently retired high school coach of 30 years, believe me I know good stuff when I hear it, and this is good stuff!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm · Reply

      Thanks Lisa

  17. Chip
    August 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm · Reply

    I find your videos to be very helpful! Thank you! ^_^

  18. Russ Hesselton
    August 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm · Reply

    You just described both my high school and college teams…. tryouts start next week and I can already envision which college girls will lose because they overhit instead of working the point they way they were taught, or they lose because the believe they expect to lose to that girl.
    Wonderful and very concise

  19. Betsy Ramlow
    March 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm · Reply

    Great lessons that apply to other sports and life in general

  20. Wilbur Shardlow
    April 12, 2016 at 11:13 pm · Reply

    some very good advise…thanks.

  21. VERA
    April 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm · Reply

    thanks for lesson .Im pretty sure that I LOSE mostr of my matches only because I have no.6 problem

  22. Joe Geissman
    March 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm · Reply

    Very informative and will definitely be passed along. Thanks Jorge.

  23. Gerald Yanson
    March 15, 2016 at 5:48 am · Reply

    Thanks for this video Coach. It will help a lot.

  24. R S Rawat
    March 15, 2016 at 2:30 am · Reply

    Amazing points to remember and to teach young players.

    • satjiwan
      March 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm · Reply

      and not just for young players…

  25. Steve Steward
    March 15, 2016 at 2:05 am · Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. I always expect good stuff from you because you always provide good stuff. Hope everyone’s spring season is positive.

  26. Howard
    March 14, 2016 at 11:30 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge, Thank you so much for your valuable advice.

  27. Michael Pizzo
    March 14, 2016 at 11:14 pm · Reply

    Thanks so much. Excellent points. Some very good life lessons as well.

  28. Arthur Wolf
    March 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm · Reply

    Excellent points that are applicable to adult teams as much as juniors. Particularly the second serve concept.

  29. Mila Horak
    March 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm · Reply

    Thank you for giving such brief, concise, valuable tips that are easy to implement and reminded over and over.

  30. Marisa Salvadore
    March 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm · Reply

    I will definitely pass along this advice along to my players. You are right on target, as usual.

  31. Dee Henry
    March 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm · Reply

    Excellent suggestions!

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