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"90% of the game is half mental." 
~ Yogi Berra
January 2013
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College Advisory: Student Athletes Guide to Getting Recruited

Remember that the internet is a powerful tool and when used properly, can be hugely beneficial in your recruitment efforts. However, always use the internet with caution and be careful of any photographs, videos or comments you or anyone associated with you makes in either a private setting or public forum. As a prospective student-athlete, you must portray yourself in the best possible light.

Text Tips: Mind Gym

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

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"Studies have proven that mental training will not only enhance performance and improve productivity but also add to your enjoyment. Whatever your age, whatever your game, you can learn how to use your mind more constructively.  You can learn how to stay focused, deal with adversity, stay motivated during difficult times, avoid fatal distractions and learn how to follow your dreams and live life on purpose." Get the Book >>

Diet Advice: How to Eat Before Training and Competition

  • Night before — Higher carbohydrates meal
  • 3 to 4 hours prior — Protein; Low fat and fiber; plenty of fluids
  • 2 hours prior — carbohydrate: 0.5 to 1 gram per pound of body weight
  • 1 hour prior — Emphasize liquids; easy to digest carbohydrates
  • Immediately prior — Carbohydrates
  • Immediately post game — 2 hour window of recovery; Carbohydrates and whey/casein protein mix

Training Tips: Juggle

Learning to juggle a soccer ball is not so much a matter of skill as it is a matter of practice. Good old repetition is key.   You’ll be rewarded with better balance and a better touch on the ball when you play, along with people being impressed when you juggle more than 100 times with each body part without ever dropping the ball! It may seem hard at first, but soon it will be easy if you practice. Another key to juggling is keep your feet flat and never give up. 

Question & Answer: Club vs. High School

Question: Is there a benefit to club sports over high school?

Answer: Club and High School Sports have both positive and negative benefits.  Every coach has the opinion that you should be playing their sport.  A benefit of high school sports is you play with a wideer age range of athletes, similar to college. You will also benefit from learning different roles over the course of four years, beginning as a freshmen and ending as a senior. A negative aspect of club soccer is that beginning at a young age, there are a lot of like-minded players, club soccer also creates an environment with a lot of the same goals for its athletes. A positive for club soccer is that there are no regulations on training or game scheduling which can speed up your learning at the sport.