As we travel around the world, we tell every potential recruit that coaches never ask us about their ability first and foremost. They ask us how our recruits stack up as a student first, then how they are as a person, and then how they are as an athlete. They ask this because they are investing in YOU….they can always fix things in your “game” that need fixing, but at 18 years old (or even older) knowing the type of person you are and ensuring you can handle the rigors of being a student athlete is vital for them.
Even though skill and ability does play a part in the process. The harsh reality of this entire process is that you have to be able to handle the psychological, emotional, as well as physical toll of being a collegiate student-athlete. No matter what level you compete at, the level is good, fast, and are competing against other quality athletes. Coaches of any sport, at any level, look at what separates you from the competition and if how you are going to respond when the going gets rough (because it definitely will).
The big question is do you have what it takes?
Below are a few quotes that best describe what it takes to be successful athlete at the next level:
Be More concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.John Wooden
You learn at an early age that you cannot always win. Sometimes it’s your fault, sometimes it’s factors beyond your control, but the simple truth is that you will get your butt kicked. Any you will need the mental strength to lift yourself back up.Gianluca Vialli