What we look for (Attitude)
Confidence: This doesn't mean cocky (not to say I mind cockiness, it just isn't the same thing.) Be comfortable with who you are what you can do. Be you. Do you.
Aggressiveness: "Aggressive" might mean cutting relentlessly, taking calculated risks, working hard on the mark, taking challenging match ups. Don't sit back at tryouts. Make things happen.
Student mentality: This is particularly important to me as the coach. Seek out feedback, be attentive and be willing to try new things (and fail), then adapt.
Resilience: Sports are unpredictable. Finding tough players who perform under pressure and after setbacks is critical. Don't hang your head after you turn it over or after your team gets scored on. Get the disc back or get back out on the line.
Being an adult: (aka, handle your sh#t.) Make sure you have a ride, be on time, remember your cleats, have enough water, etc.
Spirit: Make good calls. Respect others.
Positive energy: This can take the form of someone who's bouncing around, dancing, and telling jokes... or it can take the form of someone who's laid back and quiet. Whatever form it takes, it's important that players bring a positive energy. Note, "positive" doesn't exclude tough love or expressions of fire and aggression. This is elite competition in NYC, after all.
Team First: I appreciate the irony of putting this last, but this is an overarching principle. A "team first" attitude exhibits itself in a lot of different ways, but it's easy to recognize. Do you encourage your teammates? Do you make the players on the field with you better? I look for players who are equally invested in their team's success whether they're on the field or not. We are in the business of building a great team. Be good for business.
Good luck to everyone! See you all out there!