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.
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!