Tips to Make Your Season Successful

The arrival of preseason also means that the best time of year is right around the corner.
 
Now is the time that is most crucial for players to become routine regimented, both on the field and in the classroom.
 
Whether you are a high school or college athlete, your first priority is always your class work. Once the season starts, however, it becomes very difficult to put class work first. 
 
Here are some tips to help make your season more successful so that you perform your best on the field and in the classroom:
 
  • Time management is key - make sure you are completing assignments when they’re due and staying on top of things. It will only get more difficult to balance as the semester progresses, so put yourself in a good position for success at the start!
  • If you don’t understand something in a class, get help EARLY by talking to your professors or instructors or work with a tutor.   
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  Better to do that than be standing on the sidewalk as the bus pulls away with the rest of the team for a weekend series!
  • It is also extremely important for all players at this time to become very aware of their bodies and the habits that will allow them to perform at optimal level, (e.g. getting plenty of rest, eating good meals, doing daily body maintenance work). 

Taking care of business now will put you in good position to start the season and continuing to be disciplined and focused will help you through the ups & downs during the season.

Good luck to you!

 

About Ryan Allen

NCAA Division I Pitcher - University of Missouri - 2006-2009; NCAA Division II Pitcher - University of Central Missouri - 2010; M.Ed. - Educational & Counseling Psychology - University of Missouri - 2013; BS - Business Administration - University of Missouri - 2011; NACDA - Jim Host Internship Program - 2013 - present; Graduate Assistant - Recruiting & Education - University of Missouri Compliance Department - 2011-2013.

14 Responses to Tips to Make Your Season Successful

  • Student says:

    Does a student athlete have to sit out a year if they are transferring from D3 baseball to D1 baseball?

    • Rick Allen says:

      If you were recruited to the Div. III baseball program you will have to sit out a year upon transfer to Div. I baseball. If you were not recruited to the Div. III baseball program, you may be able to be immediately eligible at Div. I if your Div. III will be able to certify that you would be eligible if you were returning to their program rather than transferring to Div. I.

  • Ricky says:

    As a d1 a college athlete do you need to dorm on campus

  • Marsha says:

    My son is on full scholarship to play football and Is wanting to leave after the academic year is up and I know about the exit meeting if he were to say he wants to transfer after the year is up can they take away his scholarship for the spring semester? And his coaches may leave after this season if he were to transfer to a d1 a from a d1aa school would he lose a year of eligibility if the coaches do leave?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Marsha,

      They can’t take his scholarship away simply for stating that he is wanting to transfer as long as he continues to fully participate in workouts and does everything that is required of him. The coaches could, however, remove him from the team if they choose to.

      Coaches leaving a school does not change the transfer eligibility rules or the transfer process. If he transfer from an FCS to an FBS school, he will have to sit a year at the FBS school.

      Rick

  • Marsha says:

    My son is currently on full schlarship at d1aa football school and wants to transfer after his academic year is up i know about the exit meeting now if my son wanted to leave can they take his scholarship away for spring semester? There also is a high possibility of his coaches are leaving if he wanted to transfer to a d1a school would he still lose a year of eligibility if the coaches did leave?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Marsha,

      They can’t take his scholarship away simply for stating that he is wanting to transfer as long as he continues to fully participate in workouts and does everything that is required of him. The coaches could, however, remove him from the team if they choose to.

      Coaches leaving a school does not change the transfer eligibility rules or the transfer process. If he transfer from an FCS to an FBS school, he will have to sit a year at the FBS school.

      Rick

  • Mom says:

    If student/athlete retires team before actual in-season games begin, does he/she lose this year of athletic eligibility?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Mom,

      That depends upon whether the athlete participated in any pre-season exhibitions or scrimmages against outside competition prior to the start of “in-season games” as you referred to them. If they have not participated against any outside competition in any capacity at any time, then the answer is “No.”

      Rick

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