As a high school athlete, you're probably attracted to the fame and fortune of professional athletes.
But be aware of these facts.
The NCAA estimates only about two percent of high school students are granted athletic scholarships to compete in college. Further, the report states there’s less probability they’ll play in college or pro sports.
If you seek to be one of the few who make it, here are 4 things you can learn from the pros.
Discipline in Every Aspect of Life
Pros grew up wanting to play their sport for the rest of their lives. But to do so, they had to learn discipline in every aspect of life.
There was school and homework. But they found the time to fit it in and keep the grades above a certain level.
It cannot be stressed enough, excelling in high school education is the most important thing. You’ll be able to join your dream college and become a student-athlete as well.
A Habit of Daily Exercise
To become a great athlete, you have to improve your body. The discipline to take care of your body starts right in high school before a pro day.
Follow the schemes your coach draws up- the early morning routines, workouts or even warming up moments before a game.
Remember preparation never stops. Use all those resources you have at school.
Be Confident, Not Cocky
When you’re on the top, it’s hard to be humble about it. Work your butt off, and keep your ego in check, and the transition to the next level will be smooth.
You don’t want to come across as the know-it all athlete, bratty or worse, uncoachable.
Respect Your Team
Individuals don’t win the game, teams do. Teamwork and good sportsmanship skills should be the ultimate goal.
Every player has their own unique traits. Some are talented with speed, others strength and the list goes on.
As a smart player, you should learn the value of cooperation and collaboration. Go the extra mile of encouraging your teammates during practice, tournaments and the actual game. Respect the way the game is played; respect your team and yourself.
So You Want to Be a Professional?
What is better than making a career of something you really good at? There are no shortcuts. Now you know what you should be doing and how you can plan for the future. All the best!