1. “It doesn’t take talent to hustle and be on time.” For many coaches, this is the first thing noticed. Who shows up early? Who runs on and off the field EVERY TIME regardless of what others are doing? You should always be 15 minutes early or you will be considered late. And if you are late, you better be running, with cleats on ready to go, not having to still get “dressed” as you approach the field. Prepare ahead of time for situations that may potentially deter you from being on time so as to give the best initial impression to the coaches. WE NEVER WALK in this game. ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Hustle on and off the field and in everything you do and you will be noticed. You should come off the field after try- outs, and after every practice once the season starts, knowing that you gave 100% the entire time.
When you are “on time” that does not only mean “showing up physically there” at the time you are expected. It means coming to the field with your “game face” on. It means being ready to play the second the coach arrives. You are “locked on” and your mentality is nothing but focused on the game and the task at hand. Being on time is more than just what your watch says. It means being present and making sure you are 100% ready to go at all time. If you have difficulty staying focused, continually repeat to yourself, “Be here now.” This statement alone will improve your focus and overall playing ability.