How to Prepare for the Biggest Game of Your Career
There are a couple of steps you can take to prepare for the biggest game of your career.
You need to prepare your mind and body by getting a good night’s sleep, eat the right foods, as well as making sure you are physically fit, healthy, and ready.
However, a sometimes overlooked concept before these big games is that you should treat it how you would treat any other game.
This game may be the biggest of your career and be the difference between winning a championship and coming in second, but if you put too much weight on a game it can adversely affect how you play. It may cause you to become antsy, anxious and too hyped up before the game. If you are too jittery, your first touch might be off.
It’s best to try to treat it like a normal game and continue to do the things you normally do well, well. Take care of your business as usual.
Put in the work inside of training and out of it. Practice on your own time. Get touches on the ball as often as you can. Watch game film and learn from your past mistakes and past successes.
Have confidence in yourself, your teammates, and your coaches. If this is supposedly the biggest game of your career, you all did something right to get to where you are. Trust your abilities and those of your teammates.
Know and understand the game plan. How are you and your team planning on attacking the opposition? Listen to what your coach is specifically asking you to do. Scout out the opponent if possible. Have you watched them play or played them before? You can learn from these past situations and use it to your advantage in this game.
As difficult as it might be in this situation, try to have composure. You’ve trained for this moment for years without even realizing you were training for this moment. Your composure will affect your teammates’ composure as well.
Big games are what most athletes live for. Enjoy it. Soak it all in. If you feel nervous, try to thrive off of it.
This is just another opportunity to go out and play the game that you love, don’t take this moment for granted.