6 Training Ideas to Get Your Game Back On Point Before the Season
As the days of July and August slowly start to ebb and fade away, it mean's that the Fall soccer season is coming soon.
Most coaches will assign their players homework over the summer, but between going on vacation, attending various camps, pool parties, or just needing time to slow down and decompress after the school year, it's often the case that soccer homework gets neglected.
Here are six ways to get your game back on point before your summer is over.
1. Get Some Cardio
You may not find a great fitness level eagerly awaiting you on the first day of minicamp, or practice, if you haven't been getting some form of cardiovascular exercise over the summer, but just getting back into the habit of getting your heart pumping at an active level will start you out on the right path.
If you haven't found yourself on the soccer pitch during the summer, see if you can get some form of high intensity sport before you return back to your team, swim, play basketball, run, do something, anything, to ensure that you're not walking into your first training of the season like a slug that's been sleeping in until noon all summer.
2. Rediscover Your Touch
Not every neighborhood has a brilliant game of 5-aside pickup awaiting them at every corner, but it is still important to get touches on the ball and try to find your rhythm before you get back with your teammates.
If you haven't touched a soccer ball for 2.5 months, and then expect to have a great, glory filled, season you've lost the plot.
Hopefully you stayed connected with the ball in some way during your time without soccer, but if you didn't, start juggling, shooting, practicing your feints and moves, kicking the ball around your living room, etc., whatever it takes, get the ball out yesterday and get back your touch.
3. Reflect on The Past Season
Maybe you had a ton of success last season, maybe you won it all, or didn't win a game, no matter the outcome there is no perfect result or season, and you can always get better.
Take time to evaluate your experience from the past twelve months, how you've grown, mistakes you've made, and start to think about where you felt satisfied with your performance and where you would have liked to do better.
Self-reflection immediately, and after a distance has been created, between the past season and the new one set to begin, is important for your process and review.
4. Know Your Goals for The New Season
Once you have dedicated time to reflection and self-analysis, start to establish your own personal goals, and equally if not more importantly, your team goal for the season.
It's very important that you and your teammates openly share team and personal goals, rallying under a shared banner of determination, as you sweat and put in work to achieve your objective; It is fundamental to the very definition of teamwork to know what your working towards.
5. Be Determined to Dream Big
It goes without saying that all players should set the bar high, aim for big goals and big dreams, while understanding that big dreams aren't fulfilled without big heart and big work ethic.
It's honorable to want to be the best, and win it all, confidence is important, but only if you put in the effort to make those wants and desires worthy of what you publicly declare to be your pinnacle.
6. No Regrets
Write your goals down, share them in person amongst players and coaches, don't make them a secret, or something to be anything but 100% behind and proudly in support of.
If you can unite around a shared goal, discover the techniques and secretes to unlocking the best in your teammates and yourself, and leave nothing on the field, then the journey of the season will be a success no matter the number of wins or losses.