5 Tips For Surviving Your Freshman Year of College Soccer
The first few days of freshman year preseason were some of the hardest I have ever experienced.
College soccer is often an underestimated step-up in speed of play and the physicality of the game itself. I felt like I had used up all my energy and strength in the first few days of two-a-days.
It’s just the mental toughness that you have to get through. Your body can do amazing things if you can set your mind to it.
Here are five tips that helped me get through my freshman year:
1. Follow the example set by the older players and captains
They all have been through it. They understand. They know what the expectations are and will teach you by example.
2. Listen to your coaches
They have been put in the position of coach because they know what they’re doing. Trust them and their process even if you don’t and likely won’t understand it at first.
Don’t talk back to them, it’s disrespectful and shows you think you know more than them, which you most likely do not.
3. Always try your best
Every day is a chance to stand out and get better. Putting in 100% effort is something that you can control, so do it. Try as hard as you can in lifting, conditioning, practices, games, and in your classes.
Anything is difficult the first time you try it, but once you are able to work on it day in and day out, you will start to notice substantial improvements.
4. Be on time
Make sure you are on time to all lifts, practices, training room sessions, games, and especially classes – and more importantly, attend all of your classes. If you absolutely have to be late, communicate that to your coach or professor.
Showing up late makes the whole team look bad. You are wasting everyone’s time and it’s disrespectful to those who were on time.
It’s not difficult and being on time shows you’re dedicated to making yourself and those around you better.
5. Hang out with the team as much as possible
Your teammates understand your soccer lifestyle better than anyone.
If you’re struggling in a class or at soccer, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. They can help tutor you, go to the library with you, or help you work on a certain skill after practice.
Your teammates are always going to be there for you through the good and the bad, take advantage of that.