Week 3: Step Your Game Up, Part 1
As you may have noticed from my previous entries, being a college athlete is anything but easy. But, let me tell you, it is 100% absolutely positively worth it. There is no feeling comparable to overcoming a 14-11 point deficit in game five of the first round of the NCAA tournament to eventually reaching your first Sweet Sixteen appearance…hypothetically speaking of course. There’s a lot that goes into being successful as a student, and even more that goes into being an elite athlete. Most people think that having skills is enough to make you a great player, and well, most people are wrong. The recipe for success in athletics, whether in college, high school, club, etc., goes way beyond physical talent. In fact, some of the best players in the country may not necessarily be the most gifted athletically. In my opinion, success boils down to two factors:
Mental vs. Physical
I’ll start with the physical. Once again, there are several components to the physical aspect of the game (I told you it wasn’t easy):
1. Commitment – Becoming a great athlete means you have to be willing to sacrifice your body and your time. Yes, you’re going to have to miss out on some awesome parties and maybe a Homecoming Dance or two, but like I said, it’s worth it.
4. Practice – It is a proven fact that the way you perform in practice will carry over into actual games. Getting better at volleyball is all about doing as many reps as possible. So even if you have to go out in your driveway and pass or set balls against the side of your house (Yes, I’ve done it), you’re putting yourself ahead of the competition.
”Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.” - Bobby Knight