At the end of the session, I asked the girls and their parents if they had any questions about the session or just in general. The question I got most from the players and parents was, "Do you have any advice about dealing with the upcoming college process and the stress and pressure that comes along with playing on such a competitive club team?" This is a good question and sadly one that comes up so often with young girls that I work with
How to prepare to be the best soccer player you can be
Throughout my late twenties I found myself going to doctor after doctor for all my different mysterious ailments. Once my back hurt so badly I swore I had something seriously wrong with it but an MRI showed I was perfectly fine. In my late twenties I also had two knee scopes thinking I had done some serious damage to my knee only to find out how impressed the surgeon was with the health of my knees.
Healthy eating habits can change your performance, both mentally and physically. I'm going to share something from my past that will make you remember this as you too will face the challenges of being an athlete in a world with junk food, fast food, and sugar-filled beverages.
As a former college coach and recruiter, I've been approached by many parents to help them navigate the women's college soccer recruitment process. It seems that more and more parents and kids are overwhelmed and stressed by the possibility that they won't get recruited or receive a scholarship. My advice to parents and players is to focus on the things that are within your control. Focus on making sure coaches understand your genuine interest in their program by being proactive in the process and train to be the best player you can possibly be. Simply put, coaches want players that want to be at their university, will be a joy to coach and will make an impact on the field.
As a player, I remember when I was being recruited (albeit a long time ago), I always stepped onto the field wanting to be the best player I could be. I trained hours and hours on my own and in camps all summer long in order to achieve this goal. Ultimately this was what opened so many doors for me in the college process as well as post-collegiately. I was never fixated on being recruited, but rather focused on and enjoyed the process of working to be the best player I could be!
My advice to parents and players....Yes there are certainly many things that can be done to put yourself in the best position possible to be evaluated by coaches, but putting in the time training is probably the most important.