The Roadmap to Becoming a High School Varsity Soccer Player
As you start to consider your goals for your high school soccer career, there's little doubt that the first thing on your to-do-list is to become a varsity player that gets big minutes in the biggest games of the season.
Here is a roadmap to achieving your goal of becoming a varsity letterman.
See the Big Picture
Quality high school soccer programs have a strong team culture and identity, the best coaches look to grow young players and always have an eye on the future. It's important to remember this as you work to achieve you goal of becoming a varsity starter, you don't know who has put in the time ahead of you, so it's important to remember that you have to pay your dues like everyone else.
This doesn't mean settle for a periphery role, you have the right to outwork, outclass, and outplay the bench warmers on JV to the senior captain of varsity. The critical thing to remember is that you have to earn the right to play, you have to sweat, toil, and bust your butt, and sometimes it may take a year or two to prove your worth, so make sure you don't get discouraged, and keep the big picture in mind.
Analyze the Senior Players
If you want to become a varsity teammate, it's important to carefully analyze the players above you on the depth chart.
Take an analytical approach and figure out what the coach appreciates about the players getting big minutes, it won't take deep research and a multi-page thesis, there will be telltale signs that you can quickly absorb and incorporate into your own game.
Picking up on these cues will go a long way in understanding what the traditions of your school's program are all about, and will help further sketch your roadmap towards varsity success.
Vocalize your Intentions
It's very important for you to state your intentions to your coaches, if you want to be a varsity starter then vocalize this to the right people. Stating your personal goals and clear intentions is never a bad thing, just make sure to take the right tone, be humble, be respectful, and you'll find that the leaders of your squad appreciate your commitment, courage, and desire.
The importance of putting your goals and intentions out in to the universe cannot be understated, shape your own reality and live the dream you see in your head.
The only thing that can hold you back is your own inhibition and lack of trying.
Every player and coach battles self-doubt on a regular basis, it's part of the human psyche and is a normal emotion, but it is imperative that you shut-out the doubters and continue to do your thing.
This doesn't mean you won't take advice, or correct certain aspects of your play based on critique, failing to do that will halt your growth as a player. However, don't be a lemming, don't hide your personality, or become just another cookie-cutter high school player.
Dream big, express yourself on the pitch within the tactical game plan your coaches have designed, and never follow, paint the picture and color in the lines on your roadmap to becoming the ultimate high school varsity player.