8 TIPS FROM AN EIGHTH YEAR
8th Year player, Jaime Lammerding shares some tips for our newest recruits (and recruits-to-be)!
1) Double-check your equipment bag before you leave for practice.
-Do you have your mouth guard? Cleats? Knee pads?
-Have your kids “borrowed” anything from your bag and not replaced it?
-Have any household pets marked it as their own?
2) Fill and bring a water bottle from home.
-There’s always a line at the water fountain to fill bottles. Save time and ensure that your water is cold by filling it at home.
3) Arrive at the practice facility/field early.
-Problems with equipment or taping should be completed before practice starts. Arrive early to make sure you’re ready to go by the time practice starts.
4) Be ready ahead of the practice start time.
-If practice starts at 7:00 p.m. be ready to step onto the field by 6:59 p.m. at the latest.
5) No walking on the field.
-Don’t walk to get your water bottle or to the next drill, run.
6) Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
-There’s a lot to learn about playing football. If you have questions about a drill or a skill, make sure you ask. Coaches and veteran players are there to help.
7) Be ready to lend a hand.
-Coach needs another ball or more cones for a drill? Trainers need help carrying equipment on and off the field? Teammates require assistance putting on their shoulder brace? Volunteer to help out. After all, teamwork makes the dream work.
8) Work hard and have fun!
-If you put the effort into football, you’ll get a lot out of it. You’ll have sore muscles, bruises, and some aches and pains you just can’t explain, but you’ll also have one of the best experiences available.