One of the most miserable experiences you can have in school is not getting picked for a team because you are not good enough for that sport. Many children face this rejection every day, and it doesn’t even have to be for the school teams; many children are cast aside as ‘losers’ during their physical education periods and are the last to be picked for either side. Some of these children are genuinely uninterested in sports; others are very interested, but for some reason, are unable to play at the top of their capability. Imagine you are a school kid in Perth looking to get selected for a team. Here are some ways you can improve your game and become a good sportsman or woman:
Practice Makes Perfect
There is no substitute for this – practice does make perfect. If you are not naturally gifted at something, practice will help you get far. If you have no opportunities to practice at home, come early to school and practice there. No one will tell you to get off the ground or court if you avoid the set practice schedules for the teams. You could also look into personal training in Perth to build strength, learn some tricks of the trade and give you a better understanding of the sport itself. Remember, it’s not just about learning how to hit a ball or throw one; it’s about strategizing, learning the rule book, and practicing until the movements of the sport are second nature to you and part of your muscle memory.
Becoming Stronger and Faster Overall
There is no sport on earth that does not require additional strength and speed. Build up your strength by working out and eating healthy. Do Pilates; Perth has some good Pilates studios that welcome children and combine the medical knowledge of physiotherapy with the sportsmanship of fitness training. Look for fitness centres that know what they are doing and have long experience working with sports personnel. These studios will understand how to give you the right training, motivation and not overdo it. If your aim is to do sports seriously, then you have to go find a specialty sports gym. But physiotherapy centres that also offer fitness training like Pilates, yoga, Zumba or aerobics can help you with being selected for your school teams or gym teams.
Keep Trying Out for the Team
Persistence is the key to success; if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Not everyone around you will see improvement in you, and people need time to realign their perspectives of you. While waiting for them to make up their minds, go try out and don’t get discouraged if you are still the last person to get picked to a team. Over time, your efforts will show results. You may even find yourself less interested in gym class politics and start focusing more on bigger goals, like trying out for the school teams. The important thing is to remain motivated. Use positive thinking tricks like writing motivational quotes on your mirror or giving yourself a pep talk each morning. Ask your parents and friends for support. Don’t give up.