As we get ready for spring (the current weather may lead you to disagree at the moment lol), you may be at the point where you are about to enter a new “season”. The question is, “Are you ready for this new season?” As a coach, I am now getting ready for our spring season in youth soccer. There is a lot of excitement however, as good coaches know you need to be ready. Throughout my coaching career, I have learned that there are five things that I need to do to prepare for the season. Also applying to new seasons of life.
1. Reflect On Previous Seasons
I learned to make a habit of looking back and reflecting before thinking ahead to a new season. Taking time to reflect on the previous season is important. While the lessons are still fresh, you can record your thoughts, lessons, and ideas. When you plan for this coming season you can then also plan goals and set out the road map needed to achieve them. For my team, I took the time to reflect on where they are as players, what they learned, what they did and did not do well, and finally, what can we improve on.
2. Check the Calendar!
This is one I need to improve! Obviously, with sports there are practices, games, and tournaments. When are they? When is the first game? How long is the season? What is the practice schedule? How many total practices do you plan to have? The calendar needs to be accurate and something that needs to be paid close attention. Are there any important dates/times you need to be aware of in YOUR new season?
3. Plan For The Hard Times
In addition to coaching, I do radio, work a full time job, watch people’s dogs, and I am a father. As you may have guessed. Sometimes, these things overlap. It can get rough. However, through the years, I have learned to plan and prepare for these overlaps and have solutions ready when conflicts happen.
4. Getting a Routine Down
Often overlooked, the daily routine is important. It will keep you sane and give you time to self regulate. Create a routine that works for YOU. If your current routine works, you can always adjust and change to further improve.
5. Reach Out To Others Have Experience
There are people out there that know more than you do. There are people that have gone through a similar season you are about to go through. Why not reach out to them? They have valuable information that can guide you in times of trouble.
These five things have helped me become best prepared when entering a new season. If you can enter a new season like me, I pray that God will provide the resources and the wisdom to lead you in a new and fruitful season!