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"Under pressure you can perform fifteen percent better or worse." ~ Scott Hamilton
August 2013
A3 Performance
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College Advisory: Facts About Scholarships

NCAA D-1 and D-2 schools must wait until September 1st of your junior year before sending you promotional items, such as school or team publications, media guides, and playing schedules.

The number of available scholarships varies with each collegiate sport. They are also provided on a year to year basis. Don't think that just because you sign you are free to act out and not go to class. You should always look for other scholarships, or money from your club, church or school. There is much more money out there for you than just an athletic scholarship. You, the athlete, need to do your homework. College coaches can read through emails when your parents write them. So, when you are offered a scholarship and are interested in it, look over the offer with your parents and make sure you completely understand it. It will be in your best interest to understand, so when you're getting ready to pay for college, you will know how much you will have to pay back.

Text Tips: Mind Gym

Know your number?

Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence | Gary Mack

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An athlete, at any age, needs to know his or her own body. You always want to run at a steady pace. If you're playing 90 minutes, you need to be able to play at a high level for the entire 90 minutes. If you playing four quarters, you need to be able to play for that time. Every athlete should know:

  1. His or her temperament
  2. The length of the event
  3. The nature of the task

Each position on any team, court or field is different; you will need to train differently for each specific sport. Always know what your number is with everything, not just your one sport. Know how you learn best, know how you work best, and know how your train best. Always know your number.

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Diet Advice: Body Makeup

The body is made up with water, fat, protein and carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals.

60% is water 20% is body fat 20 % is a combo of the rest. For example, a young person's body has proportionally more muscle and less fat, than an older person. Everyone has their own opinion on what works and what doesn't. If you are training, you should be in tune with what goes into your body and what works for you. Every age and gender will be different, so do your homework before your do something life changing.

Training Tips: Soccer IQ

How can you improve your soccer IQ?

Watching games on television and YouTube, following soccer training pages on Facebook, follow anything that will help your mind see and observe soccer tips that you can use during training. Also follow up and try to answer your questions that you don't understand from your training. Follow and watch the great players if that is who you want to be. If you're on the bottom team, watch the top team in your club. If you want to be on your future high school's team, watch them in your free time. Be in the right places and observe people you want to be like. Hit the books. There are over 400 books on Amazon right now to help with tips, fundamentals, strategies, and tactics. Discuss it. Talk to others about it, like parents, friends, grandparents, brothers, sisters, or even Mr. Wilson next door. Then, go apply it. All this will help, but if you don't go out and work on it, you will never reach your goal. Doing all of this will help you discover new ways to make yourself better and ways to impress your parents, coach, and teammates.

Question & Answer: Did We Just Play Bad?

Question:  Parents often ask me: "Was that team better than us, or did we just play bad?"

Answer: Had this? At A3, we focus on the individual and their own abilities that need to be worked on and off the field. I answer this question with a simple, "It was the 1st game out and we need to improve in all areas of the game." The hardest thing about coaching youth, is working with you the parent. What is the reason for your child playing the sport? Every parent has a different answer for why they want their kid to play. It is my job, as a coach and trainer, to provide athletes with the training to compete every day. If everyone was good, then there would be no competition. So every game I lose I learn 100 more things about myself than I would in a game I win or tie. I am always pleased with my athletes, but I strive for every athlete to succeed and learn from me. When they want to come to back out on the field and want to learn more, that's when I know I have done my job right. We might not have won, but we have things we can improve on. Things we can improve on, not only in our sport, but in the game of life.