It is the start of a new experience! You have worked hard and been committed to your academics and gymnastics. Putting in a ton of hours to achieve your dream of competing for a college gymnastics team.
I will never forget the day my parents dropped me off at Oregon State University. I was scared and excited all at the same time. New people, new gym, new classes and new coaches. Would I be good enough? Would I be able to do well in school? Would I be homesick? The college coach understands that this is going on inside of a freshman, but they still have expectations that you need to fulfill. Here are just a few:
~Arrive doing the skills you had as a club competitor
~Be fit and ready to go. You will often receive a conditioning plan from your college coach the summer before you arrive on campus. Be sure to follow it!
~Mentally, be ready to fight for a spot in the line-up
~Stay focused on your academics, your GPA affects you and your team
~Communicate with your new teammates and coaches
~Remember you represent your university and athletic department in everything you do. As an athlete you are under a microscope. It is a responsibility to take seriously
Being a part of a team is like an automatic “family” when you arrive. This family is a very tight unit that hopefully is moving in the same direction throughout the year. I often told my teams “we are only as strong as our weakest link”. Don’t be the weak link! While freshman do go through a lot of transitions, it is important to stay focused on your goals and take things one day at a time. Your coach will appreciate this and your season will go much smoother!