5 Things Players Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for the Next Level
A certain dedication is needed in order to be able to play and excel at the next level. You need to have your mind and heart set on knowing that is a goal you want to attain and then work towards it every single day.
Here are five things you should be doing now to prepare for the next level:
1. Practice on your own
Of course you should still be going to team practices, but the greatest players put in the work on their own time.
It can be as simple as getting a few touches on the ball everyday, going for runs, and studying how the professionals play. Put in the extra time and really immerse yourself in the sport.
2. Participate in other activities and sports
Of course it’s important to immerse yourself in your main sport, and you likely will just because you love it so much. However, it’s also important to do other things as well to make sure you don’t burn out your body or your mind before you even start playing at a higher level.
Go swimming, or go on hikes, try to train different parts of your body. Get involved in extracurricular programs.
3. Take your academics seriously
If you don’t take them seriously now, why would a college believe you would try harder when you get there?
Show them you are a good student and you take pride in everything that you do.
4. Take care of your body
Making sure you are eating healthy and getting a good amount of sleep is very important especially if you are already training hard every day.
Taking care of your body will help you recover faster and be able to train at 100% each day. It will also help to prepare your body for excelling athletically at a higher level.
It’s the biggest favor you can do for yourself and it won’t make it such a shock when you start training with a college or professional team.
5. Communicate frequently with coaches
Try to learn as much as you can and be as coachable as possible. Coaches all communicate with one another so its good to have strong relationships with as many as you can. Everyone you talk to has a lesson to teach you.
Coaches are often very open to players asking them questions. Ask your club coach key things you should be focusing on improving before heading off to college.