6 Ways to Start Your Freshman Year of College Soccer Firing on All Cylinders
You've done it, you've made it through all the awkward moments of high school, you persevered and got recruited to become a collegiate level soccer player.
And as you enter your freshman year of college and head out on your own for the first time, there's going to be a lot of new challenges coming your way.
Here are 6 ways to start your freshman year of college soccer firing on all cylinders.
1. Come in Fit
There's nothing harder than walking into your first preseason practice carrying extra weight, or lacking fitness. If you didn't follow the summer fitness plan your coach likely sent you, then you're in for a rude awakening. Don't let that happen.
Make sure you do your best to follow the plan laid out for you by your coaches, that way you'll join your new teammates with a confidence and obvious commitment that will set the tone for how people judge and evaluate your character.
2. First in, Last Out Mentality
There's nothing more irritating for a coach then to see unproven freshman show up late for training, it doesn't matter what you did in high school, or how big a fish you were in your pond, that's all in the past, and it's up to you to show that you're always on early, boots laced, ready to go before anyone else.
Conversely, showing that you're willing to put in extra time after practice speaks volumes.
You've got to get to the books and keep up your studies after practice, but there are countless stories of the best players in the history of the game being that last players to leave after training, it can make you the best.
3. Earn the Respect of The Senior Players
It's important to earn the respect of the elder players on your college team. This doesn't mean suck up, or put up, with ridiculous initiations.
It means works as hard as you can in every drill, push yourself to your personal limit on a daily basis, give every ounce of your energies no matter how mundane an exercise might seem.
4. Choose Your Friends Wisely
There's going to be many new circles of friends that you can choose to associate with in college.
Don't judge a book by it's cover, meeting different people and making new friends is a great part of your education, just make sure you spend your time with people that you can trust, respect, and count on to have your back.
Choosing your friends wisely will make sure you're not jeopardizing your athletic commitments.
5. Don't Get Caught Up in Your Independence
You'll be on your own in a lot of ways, so it's imperative that you use your independence smartly, and make good decisions that don't have a ripple effect on the rest of your life.
If you really want to make it as a player, respect your body, treat it like a temple, honor the people in your company, and take your first footsteps on the road to adulthood with measured consideration.
6. Respect Tradition
If you've been accepted as a student at an education of higher learning, and have been selected to compete for your school as a collegiate athlete, it's important that you recognize and identify with the traditions that make your team and school great.
You are now a representative of your school, on and off the field, so always respect the badge and the reputation of your institution.