4 Reasons to Get Your Gear In Order Before the Start of Next Season
You've been enjoying summer vacation for weeks now. No school, less structure, a relaxed schedule, yet complacency starts to creep in.
You get bored more and more, you're ready to get back on the pitch with your teammates, and the anticipation for the upcoming season starts to take hold. As more weeks go by, you start to remember that your foot has grown two sizes in the past two months, and you've shot up several inches in height.
There's some very real reasons why you should get your gear in order before the start of the next season, here are four of the most important ones.
1. Avoid Unneeded Stress
Countless players have gone into a new season lacking the required training jersey, shorts, or uniform, sometimes players join a team late and its an unavoidable byproduct of becoming part of a new Club, but if you can, make sure you take every possible action to ensure that you have the right gear from the start of the season.
All too many players have felt that awkward moment when they arrive to the first day of training wearing a mismatched ensemble that doesn't fit in, and makes them standout like a sore thumb amongst their peers who haven taken steps to ensure they are suited up in your Club's required training gear.
It might seem like a materialistic and unfounded concern to have about the upcoming season, but there is a real stress that can arrive from not ordering your gear in time for the start of the season. As a player, you need your attentions focused on your physical and mental preparation for the upcoming rigors of the new campaign, so don't take on the unneeded stress of being too relaxed when it comes to ordering.
2. Equipment Has Changed a Lot
Look, new cleats, new uniforms, special moisture-wicking material, it's not going to make you a better player. However, technology has improved, there are products available that can enhance your game by small degrees.
Finding the most comfortable fitting jersey size, a headband that helps maintain your vision and game intelligence, a pair of compression shorts that make your movements more natural, etc., these little apparel modifications can help improve your game, and there are new materials and designs that make you feel stronger on the pitch.
The gear doesn't make the player, but there are a lot of cool new products that can help you enjoy every touch, every stride, every blade of grass smeared across your lightweight jersey that allows you the freedom to express your game.
3. Feeling Good in Your Gear = Feeling Confident on The Pitch
When you lose conscienceness of whether or not the footwear your wearing is allowing you to be the best you can be on the pitch, or the shinguard sleeves that you just ordered have made a difference for a clean kicking motion, you're going to feel more confident on the pitch.
Confidence makes all the difference on the field. Confident players make things happen, show up in key moments of a match, and always welcome the spotlight in the dying minutes of the contest when the team needs you most.
Suiting up in the proper gear can help you self-actualize and achieve your potential as a player, feel good in what you wear, and enjoy the confidence that comes with that comfort.
4. Develop Passion for The Badge on Your Chest
The purpose behind Club required training gear isn't to turn a buck, it doesn't matter if the brand is Nike, Vizari, Vici, or Franklin, the purpose is to encourage and cultivate a commitment to the badge on your chest.
Empowering and valuing the importance of representing your Club is the most important reasoning behind required uniforms. Connecting to a sense of identity, and a sense of what it means to represent your Club is an important facet of building a sense of community and brand.
Make it an honor to put on the shirt of your Club, get your gear ordered and arriving in a timely fashion so you can cross that off your list of preseason preparation.