make the team

make the team

To be selected for an athletic team due to one's talents. I always wanted to play football, but the coach said I was too scrawny to make the team. Sarah finally made the team after her third attempt at the tryouts.
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make the team

to have been qualified enough to be selected to play on a sports team. I tried out, but I didn't make the team.
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And we have never heard a female athlete complain that she failed to make the team because the coach didn't think she was beautiful enough.
There has never been a coach in history who would have looked at Babe Didriksen and said: "Sorry, kid, you're not good-lookin' enough to make the team.