NCA & NDA 2017

NCA & NDA 2017

Mentally Preparing for Game Day

As a spirit leader, you have responsibilities to keep the crowd loud, the excitement high, and the football team motivated. Get ahead of the game by using the following tips to become mentally prepared for a successful football season!

Sleep: The level of your greatest potential can often be correlated to how well-rested you are. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before game day. Your mental and physical ability will noticeably increase when you’re not fatigued or weary from a long, exhausting school week.

Focus: The stimulants of game day are endless. The noisy crowd, the presence of friends and family, your teammates, the football team, the upbeat music and the bright lights all play a role in what can make game day so mind-blowing. It’s easy to lose focus and get caught up in the splendor of school spirit. Be mindful of the moments when you lose focus, and make a conscious effort to bring your attention back to the task at hand. Your team and your school are counting on you to do your best job.

Preparation: You don’t want to be distracted by trying to remember sideline routines on game day. Game day is for relishing in the atmosphere and school spirit. It‘s for exhibiting your hard work. Be prepared by fully knowing your halftime routine and all other game day material. Walk onto the sidelines feeling confident in your role.

Visualization: Visualize your success. Imagine your perfect game day...You arrive early; you have time to see friends and time to get ready for all the pre-game festivities. Your uniform, make up and hair are impeccable. You execute every motion perfectly and complete a superb halftime routine. Now you are ready to have the performance of a lifetime!

Warm up: Whatever your pre-game ritual may be, follow suit. Make time to eat an energy-fueled snack and triple check your list of game-day necessities: hair bow, hairspray, face tattoo, deodorant, etc. Most importantly, leave plenty of time to warm-up your body, stretch your muscles and hydrate. A warm-up routine helps your body prepare itself for the strenuous activities ahead while reducing the chance of injury.

Relax: Game day is all about having fun, so breathe easy. It’s natural to have some pre-game jitters, so get your team together for a chant or song to help pump yourselves up with team spirit and positive energy. You and your teammates are school spirit leaders, and the sidelines serve as an inspirational microphone to your school and community. You are prepared for Game Day!