Whether you are a returning team member or a new team member, the beginning of a sports season is very difficult. Practices seem longer than before and you may not be performing at your best. Good thing sports are fun or you may get discouraged. However, there is a way to avoid these types of feelings at the beginning of the season and it involves planning!
If you are a returning team member, you have an idea of what is expected of you. Will you be running? Do you need to be strong, fast and quick? These expectations can help you plan. During the previous months before the seasons is expected to start make a workout plan. The work out plan should focus on the skills needed for your specific sport. For suggestions you can ask your coach or physical education teacher, as well as, trying to remember drills and skills you needed the previous season.
If you will be a new member of the team, pre training is most important for you. When the season begins you want to be at your fitness peak. This way you can show your coach that you are ready to be a member of the team and want to be an essential addition to the team. Since you have not experienced a season before, it is recommended that you ask the coach how to prepare. You can also ask the coach about the type of equipment you will need or a sports camp you can attend.
However, whether you are a returning member or a new member, it is important to keep track of your progress. Once you set a fitness plan, start a journal where you write down what you did that day and it your followed your plan. If you did not follow your plan explain why. Examples would be time issues. This journal will give you a visual of if you are staying on track with your plan.