"These players may be undersized and light on overall talent but they have something special, they have DESIRE, MAKE UP, and WORK ETHIC. They made a commitment at some point in there life and career that they would be the best they could be no matter what people said." -Scott Hunter
The quote above comes from a professional baseball scout, but it is very relative to any sport. All players must have the tangibles (skills/traits that can be seen by the eye), but the intangibles are what separates a good player from a great player. In his article "Tangible/Intangible: What a Scout Wants To See", Hunter goes on to say that he looks for hustle, a team player, and body language. I like to think that with the proper intangibles: discipline, determination, desire, heart, professionalism, intelligence, willingness to learn, etc., the tangibles will come.
There are many talented players out there that are not professionals because of their intangibles. What are some intangibles that you can work on?
Video of the Day:
Nike Academy discusses the importance of being versatile, knowing your role, and willingness to adapt to different formations and styles of play.
- Have fun with the ball for 5-10 minutes before starting
- 2 Mile Run (Continue to build pace and open up your stride)
- Dynamic Warm Up
- 3000 Touches & Footwork - 1500 Right, 1500 Left (dribble & juggle, practice turning with all surfaces of your feet, build your confidence on the ball, keep the ball close to your body, maintain control of the ball. Focus on your footwork, ability to change direction quickly with the ball at your feel, and balance throughout each drill.)
- 300 Core, 125 Push-Ups - Any combination exercises adding up to 300 ab reps and 125 push-ups. Intervals of 25 per exercise work great. For push-up variations from Diesel Strength & Conditioning, click here.
- Have fun with the ball for 10-15 minutes before cooling down (This is the perfect time to practice set-pieces, free kicks, corners, and penalties.)
- Cool Down & Static Stretching (Take this seriously! This is the first step in your recovery process and preparation for the next training session.)
This is just your individual training for the day. This is meant to supplement your existing training schedule and team training. If you are not currently training daily with a team, you should be looking for pick-up games or a group of talented, determined, and disciplined players that you can train with.
Make sure that you are eating healthy. Proper daily nutrition and overall body maintenance is key to your performance and recovery.
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