Many athletes tense up and get nervous in front of scouts, coaches and media. Some thrive in those pressure situations.

It is totally natural to feel a little uneasy. I totally get it. However, athletes need to realize that scouts and coaches are there to find talent. If you worry so much about impressing them, you’ll do things that you normally don’t do.

Stick to what you can do and what you are good at.

If you are a great ballhandling point guard who distributes to his teammates well, then do that. If you are a lengthy cornerback who thrives in man coverage, then continue to do that. If you are an outside hitter who dominates near the volleyball net, then stick to it.

The examples go on and on.

Don’t let scouts and coaches strain your focus. They are there to see who stands out positively. You don’t want to stand out in a bad way.

Tournaments in the spring, summer and fall represent plenty of opportunities for coaches to come see you for the NCAA live period. During high school season, coaches will come in for visits periodically as well.

Stick to your guns and do what you excel at. Again, I understand the magnitude that comes with these college coach visits when they show up in the gym or stadium.

For a good amount of athletes, this is the first time they’ve played in front of college coaches, but many have experienced these situations before.

Focus on worrying about making the right play instead of trying to impress. I promise it will start to come naturally to you.

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Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

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