How to Prepare for a High School Football Game

High school football is a game that has physical and mental requirements that are necessary to perform at a high level. This article will discuss on how to prepare for a football game, not just hours before, but for days.

Steps

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    First and foremost, practice hard. You can not play well unless you give 100% during practice. Do not slack on any drill and always pay attention to your coach and his assistants. Do not just go through the motions and make sure to remember everything you can on your opponent and your responsibilities.
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    Eat healthy. No going to McDonalds and ordering a double cheeseburger with fries. Make healthy eating choices and your body will thank you on game day.
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    Getting enough sleep is very important. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the game. Football games require lots of physical and mental focus for long periods of time, notably if you play on more than one side of the ball. Keep your brain rested so you can think more clearly during your game. Having a nap a few hours before the game doesn't hurt either.
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    Try to eat a snack a few hours before the game. Not brownies or spaghetti, but something that will energize your body. Every away game perhaps a protein bar on the trip, will give you a body full of energy and a full stomach for the entire game.
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    Reevaluate your knowledge on the game plan and plays before the game. If you forget a play, or a call on defense, or a coverage on kickoff, make sure to ask your coach. Do not wait until the game to do this.
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    Like any sport, you need to stretch before a game. Football typically requires more stretching than most other sports, so you will undoubtedly have to do without having to be reminded by this article by your coaches. Really stretch though, as that can save you from a season ending injury.
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    Last but not least, play without pressure. Pressure in any sport is bad and football is no exception, just ask Tony Romo. If you are on offense keep your composure. On defense, keep your kill mentality. Do not think "Oh, what happens if I mess up on this play?" Don't try to think too much, just let your instincts overtake your thought process. Pre-game jitters are always fine, but once you starting hitting, they better go away.

Tips

  • It isn't rare to grow anxious before the game. If you do, listen to some uplifting and confidence building music. It will help.
  • Make sure to get rid of all waste in your body before the game. Even if you don't really have to go, make a bathroom break. You can not afford to make a bathroom trip during a game.
  • If you have time after practice, do a little extra by yourself. Are you a little slow or unconditioned? Run some laps after practice. Need to work on catching skills? Play pass with a teammate who is willing to do so.
  • Remember to stay hydrated. Not just during the game but also before. Drink lots of water the night before and the time up to the game this will help keep your thirst out of your mind.

Warnings

  • If you have a girlfriend, try not to have too much fun with her before the game.

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Categories: Football