To High School Football Players, Remember These 10 Things While You Play The Game
Start writing a post

To High School Football Players, Remember These 10 Things While You Play The Game

5. Camp will be hard, but will make you better.

Football Field
Zack Vannieuwenhze

Dear High School football player,

As a former player myself who never came close to playing beyond high school, I wanted to share what I would like to consider wisdom with you. These are things that I wish I would have known prior to my senior year.

1. Four years is not forever.

I can not stress this enough. You only have four years to play this game with your childhood friends, and while you are in high school four years feels like forever but it will be over in the blink of an eye so take the time to take it all in and enjoy the little moments like laughs on the bus, or the feel of the dew on the turf. Remember how it feels to float down the halls in your jersey.

2. Don't skip practice.

You are in high school and you want to have a good time. There will come times where you want to skip a practice to hang out with that girl who just might let you get to second base. My advice is don't because when you are older you are more likely to miss those practices with your buddies than you are some girl.

3. Someday you will respect your mean coach.

Every school has that coach who is a little too high strung. They push the limits while pushing you in the weight room or on the field. While you may hate this coach during your four years, that coach will likely be the one you go out of your way to shake hands with in the future.

4. Enjoy the atmosphere!

Travel into any small town in America on a Friday night in the fall and you are likely to see stadium lights shining above cornfields complemented by a steady stream of headlights winding towards the field. Feel the buzz that hums around the field during warmups. Enjoy the community's support, from painted storefront windows to the fans who line the streets or walkways to wish you luck.

5. Camp will be hard, but will make you better.

I know that a lot of players dread the start of their fall camp. It is typically almost as much running as it is working on X's and O's. This is during the warmest days of the football season. It will push you to your limits and maybe beyond but the rest of the season you will be able to say that this is nothing compared to what you faced in camp.

6. Put your work in during the offseason.

If you are not conditioning and lifting year-round then you are not only failing yourself but also your teammates. Other teams will be running hills and lifting, you can not allow other teams (or other teammates) to outwork you. Plus, those early morning team runs create some good memories.

7. Remember that you are a role model.

Growing up I idolized many members of my school's varsity team. When I became a member of the varsity team, I realized that eyes were on my teammates and I. I get it, you are 18 or younger and you want to act like it but when you wear your gear out in public or you attend a pep rally, you lose the right to behave poorly. If you are in a small town everyone already knows that you are on the team anyways. Swearing, fighting, or getting in trouble with drugs and alcohol reflects poorly on your team.

8. It won't matter how much you play in a few years from now.

I was fortunate enough to play on a very successful team during my senior year of high school. That is not to say that I was a good player, because I wasn't. I tried hard but I was just a supporting player. At the time I would feel defensive about it but as you grow older and see your old teammates nobody cares how much you played but rather how successful of a team you were.

9. Do your course work too.

Not to sound cliche' but you are a student athlete and student comes first for a reason. There must be no worse feeling in the world than standing in street clothes in front of the full bleachers because you couldn't pass your classes. Don't let your teammates down, do your work.

10. Have fun!

Football is a sport that requires a lot of time and effort. It takes its toll on your body and if you are not careful, it can become a drag. Don't let the losses linger, nurse your bumps and bruises but most of all, enjoy it. Enjoy being with your classmates on the field.

I am hopeful that if you follow this advice that you will be able to not only enjoy the season but savor memories which will last you a lifetime. I know that when my classmates and I long to go back to the high school days we always wish that it could be for one more Friday night in the fall.

Good luck and have fun.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments