15 Preseason Norms That All Athletes Know
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15 Preseason Norms That All Athletes Know

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15 Preseason Norms That All Athletes Know

Preseason, or "Hell week" as it has been admirably referred to, is a time where collegiate athletes arrive early to campus for intense training before the school year and season begin. A confusing mix of fear and excitement are normal, as our bodies are put to the ultimate test. Though we look forward to spending time and bonding with our teammates before the rest of the student body moves in, we are overwhelmed and overworked by the pressures of the ensuing week.

There are many pre-season norms that NARP'S are not familiar with, and would probably judge us for. For the record, a NARP is a non-athletic-real-person, and every athlete rues the day they'll turn into one. It means the end of competition, and the end of the most challenging and inspiring part of our lives.

Preseason is both difficult and interesting, and here is what you can expect along the way.

1) "I'm not showering."

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080067272202977-1889168373_0229_COBShaqArmPit.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=217&h=a4c90bb5d9dc386dd271b23af0ae9dbb250cdab62e2685fb64f2b3876bfe5c9b&size=980x&c=3587636841 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080067272202977-1889168373_0229_COBShaqArmPit.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D217%26h%3Da4c90bb5d9dc386dd271b23af0ae9dbb250cdab62e2685fb64f2b3876bfe5c9b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3587636841%22%7D" expand=1]All week you are a giant, sweaty hot mess. There is no point in showering when you have three-a-days and you're just gonna get gross two hours from now during middle session. That's what deodorant's for. And baby powder, lots of baby powder.

And when you have to wear the same outfit to every practice, it's definitely not gonna happen.

2) "I am SO hungry."

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080072108317562388707834_anigif_enhanced-buzz-350-1378883218-16.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=364&h=c72f83e2a08f75c86d56c98ea4cd2987f2ed51188248b512f38e3920d90897da&size=980x&c=215288279 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080072108317562388707834_anigif_enhanced-buzz-350-1378883218-16.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D364%26h%3Dc72f83e2a08f75c86d56c98ea4cd2987f2ed51188248b512f38e3920d90897da%26size%3D980x%26c%3D215288279%22%7D" expand=1]After sprints and agilities in the morning it is fully justifiable to eat the whole spread of food in the cafeteria. There's no way that banana and granola bar are going to hold you off until dinner. You burnt the calories, you deserve it- eat up!

3) The Run Test.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080074135805041-1965280120_tumblr_lpj5847z3l1qhccbb.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=257&h=259ebb5cdbafc4c99648a4e22bf9495a3c777f88e66ad796d20a7824669e508b&size=980x&c=4281734735 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080074135805041-1965280120_tumblr_lpj5847z3l1qhccbb.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D257%26h%3D259ebb5cdbafc4c99648a4e22bf9495a3c777f88e66ad796d20a7824669e508b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4281734735%22%7D" expand=1]This is a big one. There is no greater anxiety than having to pass the conditioning test first thing on the first dreadful morning. The prior days of meetings and paperwork will never be a strong enough distraction. You're done for.

4) Passing the Run Test.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F63608007671763248192484369_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=366&h=c0c29dcb964d42ff34aa0bb4612b51e2da855f28955b1d1d67692736ffb8ebaa&size=980x&c=107837174 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F63608007671763248192484369_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D366%26h%3Dc0c29dcb964d42ff34aa0bb4612b51e2da855f28955b1d1d67692736ffb8ebaa%26size%3D980x%26c%3D107837174%22%7D" expand=1] You did it. It's over. Call your mom, call your friends, call your boss. You are the fittest, toughest person you know, and you can finally live stress free. Until coach says "get on the line" again.

5) All the Meetings.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080078655353025-2116407790_Sheldon%252BPaperwork.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=17&h=9c15bcdf66ef418f9d0e918de96223289c7345f7f503e8b26876c07090ef84c6&size=980x&c=733882037 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080078655353025-2116407790_Sheldon%25252BPaperwork.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D17%26h%3D9c15bcdf66ef418f9d0e918de96223289c7345f7f503e8b26876c07090ef84c6%26size%3D980x%26c%3D733882037%22%7D" expand=1]If I have to fill out one more physical paper or sign one more NCAA guideline I'll probably lose my mind. Thank you for showing us relevant videos about substance abuse and concussion awareness while we do so though, they're just as enjoyable.

6) I'm Burning Alive.

Preseason practices take place in the dead heat of August. It's not uncommon for at least one of your teammates to pass out of heat exhaustion, if not you. Bring a cold towel!

7) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080085555030976-455546390_water-2.gif%3Fw%3D500%26h%3D274&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=397&h=12d0d5ab1c48a1563b463de25a04eb030d797fa5201ebbc08ff2774c95dca6d1&size=980x&c=3814250957 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080085555030976-455546390_water-2.gif%253Fw%253D500%2526h%253D274%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D397%26h%3D12d0d5ab1c48a1563b463de25a04eb030d797fa5201ebbc08ff2774c95dca6d1%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3814250957%22%7D" expand=1]Hydration is extremely important during physical activity, and what you drink the day before is actually more important. If you're not going to the bathroom multiple times a day and through the night you aren't doing it right. Start chugging!

8) Who has Sunblock?

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080088762776102-811257419_tumblr_inline_o4zupx8uf71to1bxx_500.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=890&h=33461f4b2832faf2fc764ab8c4002006dd11be2278e086b83a9385084966dd47&size=980x&c=193838532 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080088762776102-811257419_tumblr_inline_o4zupx8uf71to1bxx_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D890%26h%3D33461f4b2832faf2fc764ab8c4002006dd11be2278e086b83a9385084966dd47%26size%3D980x%26c%3D193838532%22%7D" expand=1]Being the fair one on my team I'm always packing that SPF. Sun poisoning is no joke and with the immense amount of sun exposure during the week you'll need to keep re-applying, unless you want some killer tan lines.

9) But They're Inevitable Anyway.

You'll basically have a permanent sports bra engraved into your skin. If you play a sport that involves shin guards, expect a big block in the middle of your thigh that is darker than both the bottom and top of your leg.

10) Unwavering Anxiety and Soreness.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F63608009464646252978099644_parks-and-rec-amy-everything-hurts.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=242&h=7e88eea3d123b00ddb4ddea3ed2f1309642e9d05faf30ef2445215f61d10a6b8&size=980x&c=1376437294 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F63608009464646252978099644_parks-and-rec-amy-everything-hurts.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D242%26h%3D7e88eea3d123b00ddb4ddea3ed2f1309642e9d05faf30ef2445215f61d10a6b8%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1376437294%22%7D" expand=1]Whether you're a returning player or not, preseason is essentially one long try-out. If you want to stand out and earn a starting position or playing time you have to really work hard. The immense amount of pressure to do so leaves your body and mind feeling pretty burnt out.

11) Who Needs Ice?

The ice count after practice is ridiculous and everyone hobbles around with ice packs taped all over their various ailing body parts. A very painful but therapeutic ice bath at night is expected.

12) Naps On Naps On Naps.

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Spontaneously keeling over during breaks is one of the only ways to get yourself through. You have to leave for another session in 20 minutes, so definitely grab a nap over anything else. Priorities.

13) Stretching and the Warm Up Lap.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080104268588728-1048041717_anigif_enhanced-1884-1407190045-7.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=299&h=eee15f2fb216f81eee266df0f254934c0deca8e3544942a975968ab975629927&size=980x&c=3780787458 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080104268588728-1048041717_anigif_enhanced-1884-1407190045-7.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D299%26h%3Deee15f2fb216f81eee266df0f254934c0deca8e3544942a975968ab975629927%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3780787458%22%7D" expand=1]Arguably the worst part of each day. In order to prevent injury you HAVE to stretch. Depending on your coach you'll have a set number of laps and team stretches to do before drills and scrimmaging, and they are not easy to acclimate to.

14) Team Bonding.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080107479555563-242226762_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=463&h=9cf9660d9777789596376498537a99e67e8ba701e2c8f48a6de4f6aa57403f29&size=980x&c=3886142995 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080107479555563-242226762_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D463%26h%3D9cf9660d9777789596376498537a99e67e8ba701e2c8f48a6de4f6aa57403f29%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3886142995%22%7D" expand=1]The silver lining throughout the whole week is that you are not alone in your struggles. You have a full team of people in similar life situations that you can both learn a lot from and have fun with. Whether coach organizes a group activity or you take a trip to the beach on your off day, you are surrounded by friends.

15) You're Ready for Season.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F28%2F636080110387560491220075282_10c710f5fe7abc15a9bba7e0dce74b42.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=580&h=41affb888afd657ebbada6b466a7daaa0bb7a86bcbd4f2f3da32ee1b6f6dbee5&size=980x&c=2191960677 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F28%252F636080110387560491220075282_10c710f5fe7abc15a9bba7e0dce74b42.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D580%26h%3D41affb888afd657ebbada6b466a7daaa0bb7a86bcbd4f2f3da32ee1b6f6dbee5%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2191960677%22%7D" expand=1]Now that you have survived the hardest week of your life, you are prepared to take on every team in your division/ conference. Give yourself a pat on the back, and get ready to give them all a run for their money. They're going down.

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