Your ultimate competition is...

YOU!

When you defeat yourself, no one else can.

One of the tougher aspects transitioning from high school to college is that usually in HS you are the ONLY kicker and you will play regardless of your performance…

The coach knows you well, probably because they are a teacher or long time coach in the district and they are more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt…

However, once you go to college it is not uncommon to have anywhere from 3-6 other specialists all vying for that ONE starting spot.

Some guys quake, some guys are insecure and start playing head games with their competition…

Here is the best advice we could put together for how to deal with competition…

  1. Competition is a gift because it is an opportunity for you to become a better version of yourself that no one else could present to you BUT a competitor. In this sense, your competition is your best friend.

  2. While you are not going to deliberately miss kicks to help your competition, you also understand you are teammates too - the better one gets, the better the other must get and if you see something helpful, you are not afraid to point it out.

  3. Compete on the turf, brothers off of it. You didn’t go to college to be miserable and create self-inflicting melodramas between yourself and other specialists. The one thing coaches can’t stand more than kickers? A drama-queen kicker.

  4. Ultimately, the guy staring at you in the mirror is your TRUE competition. When you defeat yourself no one else can.

One of my favorite scenes from the movie Creed -

BC

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