The Most Important Skills Needed to Become a Top Striker
If you've been scoring goals all your life, tearing up the recreational leagues, lighting up the pitch for your Club team at the competitive level, and are now ready to make the leap to playing high school ball, there are some very important skills that you have to acquire if you want to become prolific while representing your school.
Develop Your Physicality and Fitness
If you're going to be a top high school striker, than you have got to develop physicality and a strong fitness level. Many high school center-backs aren't the most agile or dynamic athletes, but they do tend to be strong and like to doll out a beating on opposing strikers.
Make sure that you come into your high school season physically prepared to handle the high intensity that older, more mature, defenders are going to be putting you under during a match. It takes some time to adjust to the speed of play, not to mention physical demands, of competing at a high level as a high school striker, if you arrive fit, toned, and explosive you're going to be starting your career off on the right foot.
Since you'll be starting your new high school season in peak physical shape, and will start with a solid baseline regarding your fitness level, it's also imperative to begin the new season with your first-touch and overall technicality honed and ready for action. As a striker, it's important to develop the 1v1 feints and moves you'll need to get past opponents, and utilizing Coerver ball-mastery is a great place to begin.
If you're playing the no. 9 role, make sure that you cultivate a silky first touch, that way you'll be primed to serve as the ultimate hub for your team's attack. Learn to identify the windows and splits where your teammates can find you with the ball, then be prepared and practiced enough to be able to combine technically with wall-passes, flick-on's, and dummies that leave opposition defenders chasing shadows.
Hunger in The Box
Striking at any level requires a hungry, cutthroat, urgency in front of goal. You've got to develop a high conversion rate and take your chances if you want to lead the line for your school. Be willing to sacrifice it all and go into those headed challenges with no fear, chase every lost cause and learn to turn half-chances into goals and assists.
There is nothing quite so powerful as a striker with an insatiable appetite for scoring goals. If you develop the hunger and thirst that is only satiated and quenched by scoring more goals for your school, then it's going to make things very obvious for your coaches as they plot out the team sheet for each game. Your name will always be top of mind.
Every Goal Counts
Take your hunger and channel it into success, learning that every goal you score counts, no matter how mundane or easy it might seem, from the tap-in, to the scrap-in, to the deflected shot that bounces in off the cross bar, a post, and the goalie, they all count, and the all mean something for your school.
Finding the will and determination to score goals, with every inch of your body, from every angle or random situation that can occur, will send a clear signal to your teammates, coaches, and opposition, as signal that proves you are destined to become the ultimate high school striker.