How New Jersey High School Athletes Can Overcome Crises

By on August 1, 2022 0

It’s harder than you think to play high school athletics as well as college and tertiary institutions as well, in part because the size of the competition is getting smaller and tougher as you progress.

You know that in high school, all eyes are on how you play and how your team plays – be it coaches, parents, fans, scouts, college coaches and scouts, etc. – and if you plan to play at the next level, you need to be at your best and perform as such to at least have a chance to try and play at the next level.

Freehold Township sophomore Cassidy Corcione. (Photo: Tom Smith |

Freehold Township sophomore Cassidy Corcione. (Photo: Tom Smith |

It can be a difficult balance as a student-athlete and it becomes more difficult and stressful when you are struggling or in crisis or the team is not doing well.

There are many methods to tackle the mental and emotional aspects of being a young athlete to help you come out the other side and be successful.

It starts with preparation.

“The first thing I would suggest is to reflect, to really think about your last season or your last year, try to think about what you did well, maybe what you didn’t do so well. done, and really trying to figure out ‘okay,’ what do I need to do differently for the year ahead?” and then I think once you get an idea of ​​’what I want to get into improve for the year ahead, “I think you’re really setting goals, which I think is pretty common for most people,” mental performance coach Michael Huber, who has an office in Fair Haven , tells Townsquare Media on “Shore Time with Vin and Dave” on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk on Sunday. “The way I would set goals with an athlete is very different from the way someone would just write something on a board and say ‘I want to be the whole county this year’ – really think about how you’re going to do that. that, what are the things that you can control, process oriented – day to day – that are going to help you increase your chances of succeeding and achieving that goal over the course of the season.”

Red Bank Catholic senior Matt Scrivanic connects on his home run in the Shore Conference Finals. (Photo: Tom Smith |

Red Bank Catholic senior Matt Scrivanic connects on his home run in the Shore Conference Finals. (Photo: Tom Smith |

If you’re entering your senior year of high school or college and you know this is your final year to prove yourself or just to stand out, there are also key ways to make sure you’re mentally sharp and ready. for the coming season.

“What I always try to work on with athletes, and it seems so cliché and so commonplace for people to say that, is to really focus on what you can control, okay, there’s so many things that you can’t control – coaches choice is one of them, okay, so take this example — if you’re an athlete, you want to start your senior year and you don’t have haven’t started before and you don’t really really understand what you need to do to get where you want to go – I’m talking about athletes having conversations with their coaches how can you have a conversation with a coach who’s going to take the decision he’s going to make and say “hey, what can I do better? what should I do to get to this place?’ rather than waiting for someone to call your number,” Huber said.

Whether you’re a senior or not, and you want to start, there are good ways to discuss this subject with your coach as well as with yourself.

“The word I often use with athletes is value, just because you’re not starting doesn’t mean you’re not valuable, okay, value can be put aside as a supporter of ‘a practice player or supporter of a teammate or when you get the chance go out there with the mindset of ‘hey, I just want to help the team’ – a lot of those things are very cliche but then again when you’re a 16, 17, 18 yr old athlete and you’re standing on the sidelines and can’t do what you wanted to do it’s very easy to get put off in your head and say ‘what’s wrong with me’ or you get those feelings — just be ready for that opportunity,” Huber said. “That’s, a lot of times, where I come up with athletes to say “how can you focus on — okay, are you good at it? Let’s focus on strength, what are you good at, how can you bring out that even more’ compared to many times there’s the tendency to fix things ‘what am I doing wrong’ — sometimes you’re not doing anything wrong, sometimes you’re just the 12th best player on an 11-man team or you’re the 6th guy on a basketball team – that doesn’t mean you can’t play varsity sports. If you’re in a really good program, kids who are batting bottom of the lineup, or substitutes in some cases in some sports, keep getting recruited because of the strength of the program. »

09/17/2021 – Jackson Memorial / South Middletown

Richard O’Donnell

You can listen to the full interview with Michael Huber and find out more here.

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