Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 9:20:58 PM
This school year, the hardest thing for me to overcome was trying to make the high school soccer team. On that team, only four freshmen could make it and over thirty tried out. Freshman players have to be varsity level, meaning they are competing for their spot against sophomores, juniors and seniors. The odds of making the team for a freshman are pretty small; still this had been a goal of mine since I was in the sixth grade and I figured it was worth a try.
I knew that to even have a chance at making the team I was going to have to work harder than everybody else. So I did. Throughout the freezing winter months I would run three to four miles many times a week with 5 pound weights on my ankles. I drove my mother nuts because I always had a ball at my feet. As soon as the snow would retreat from my back lawn I would be in the back yard pounding balls against the fence. I took advantage of every opportunity to condition and train.
On the first day of try-outs I felt nervous but confident. I knew that I had done everything in my power to prepare. As I made the first and then second cuts my confidence increased, I was in the best condition I had ever been in and was playing well. The day that the final roster was posted, I didn’t feel nervous at all. I was on that roster and I knew that I deserved to be there.
I know that making a team is a pretty small challenge compared to things other people might face. The lessons I learned from this experience could be applied to any obstacles you might come upon in your life. Hard work, not being afraid to try, and setting goals are a good way to get what you want whether that be making a team or rising above serious trials.
I have some mementos from that soccer season: a hoodie, a team picture and an important life lesson learned.