November Wrap-Up: Going the Extra Mile to Prepare for College Soccer

College-bound athletes must push themselves beyond their comfort zone and constantly seek ways to improve.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed a brief hiatus from your hectic schedule. This time of year it can be especially challenging to find a gap in the seemingly endless barrage of work, sports, school and personal obligations.

In the pursuit of happiness, we all seem to be striving for an elusive sense of balance. I recently read an intriguing article, however, that suggests our most significant accomplishments actually emerge from a state of unbalance. Give it a read and see if you agree.

Speaking of happiness, several athletes recently asked me for advice on how to improve relationships with their coaches. Based on those conversations I compiled some advice for creating a positive player-coach relationship that I hope you’ll also find helpful.

For players and parents in search of a new soccer club, here’s a list of questions to help you assess whether a club is likely to be a good fit for your family.

If you’re gearing up for a showcase or ID camp, my debrief from last winter’s DA showcase offers guidance to help players capture college coaches’ attention.

And since everyone naturally has good and bad days during the course of a season, here are some strategies players can use to cope with the disappointment of losing a game like consummate professionals.

For players seeking to optimize their physical performance, this podcast highlights the crucial importance of establishing one’s posture and balance before focusing on strength and speed. It’s definitely worth a listen and may change how you approach your training regimen.

While we’re on the subject of training, I cannot overstate how important it is for players with college aspirations to participate in supplemental training in addition to their team practices. This is also a common refrain of college coaches: extra training has a significant impact on players’ development.

For players interested in training with me, my winter academy kicks off Sunday, December 1st, in Miami. This is an intensive weekly training program that I designed to expose middle and high school-aged players to college-level drills and simulations and help them prepare for the rigors of college recruiting and competition.

My academy program is limited to a small group to allow for individual instruction. If you’re not able to attend the winter session, I’ll also be offering additional sessions in Miami and Charlotte next spring and summer. Please visit my website for details and to reserve your place.

Whether you choose to attend my academy or train with another qualified coach, the most important thing for a college-bound athlete is to keep pushing beyond your comfort zone and constantly seek ways to improve. Trust me, the rewards that come from playing the game you love at the highest level are worth the extra effort!



P.S. My girls’ and boys’ ID combines will now be held April 18 & 19 in Charlotte. Each camp is limited to 30 players to create a truly unique recruiting experience. If you’re interested in participating please fill out a free player application online as soon as possible.

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Chris Bart-Williams is the founder and owner of CBW Soccer Elite. After an extensive career in the English Premier League, Chris now uses his vast soccer knowledge to assist families throughout the college recruiting process and prepare players for the mental and physical challenges of collegiate soccer. You can reach him at