3 Ways To Become A Starter

Becoming a starter in any sport involves more than just showing up to practice when you’re supposed to.

It means that you are dedicated to your goal in a way that transforms your life. Babe Ruth said, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”, and he was right. But I don’t think he was just talking about playing against your competitors - I think that by recognizing that you’re also competing against yourself to be the best that you can be will boost you to another level when it comes to competitive sports and gaining a starting spot on your team.

Here are some pointers to keep in mind to help you become a starter:

1. Knowledge is Power

Athletics doesn’t just involve physical training; it also involves mental awareness of the sport. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that if they are physically superior to others, that they will be excellent athletes. While being in shape is important, being a student of the game is critical.

Take the time to become an expert about your passion. Learn the mechanics of the game, including the rules, so that you can demonstrate your dedication to the sport off of the training grounds.

Learn all of the plays for the players or positions on your team-not just yours. By having a comprehensive understanding of the role that each member plays, you gain keen insight into the game itself. You can also step up for others, even when you never expected the opportunity.

2. Actions Add Up

Just like merely showing up to practice each day won’t give you the skills to become a starter, believing that you can “save”your efforts for game time is a common fallacy that I see in athletes when it comes to being a starter.

You need to demonstrate consistently your desire to be the best that you can, to work your hardest, to outplay or outlast your competitors in order to stand out to your coach.

You can’t be in the mindset that, “it’s only practice”. It’s NEVER only practice. What you’re doing as you prepare is what you’re preparing to do. That means that you always have to be in the frame of mind that each effort and moment counts-demonstrating that within moments out of the spotlight will make a long and lasting impression on coaches.

3. Healthy Habits

Becoming a starter requires lifestyle adaptions that will boost your body into peak physical condition. This doesn’t mean just working out. It also means considering what you put into your body in order to provide the best nutrients for it to function.

To gain true physical competitive advantage, you need to pay attention to feeding your body in the right way. Eating clean foods, drinking plenty of water and consuming nutrients through “real”(food versus supplements) sources on a consistent basis is important as exercise itself.

Becoming a starter requires much more than lacing up your shoes for practices or games. If you’re dedicated to being the best that you can be, I’m sure that these tips will help you step-up your competitive game.