Student athletes like you work hard and play hard. There are times it seems you don’t have enough hours in a day to go to class, practice, eat, work, attend meetings, and still have time for homework, sleep and a social life. When you’re working to do your best on the field, court or course while maintaining or improving your grades and relationships, it’s important to know how to prioritize your time and energy. Here are some tips to help get you through the season and the semester.

Stick to a Schedule

It’s easy for student athletes to get overwhelmed by all the things they have to do. A daily routine goes a long way toward keeping your schedule straight. Keep your work, practice and social life organized, and make a habit of writing to-do lists. Lists remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing, and help you prioritize the things that need to be done first.

Make Sure You Sleep Enough

Between classes, part-time jobs, practices and a social life, it may seem impossible to sleep. It’s important for a student athlete to get as close to eight hours of sleep a night as possible, especially before game days. A lack of energy will show up in your schoolwork as well as your game.

Keep Yourself in Shape During the Offseason

Give yourself time to relax after your season is done — but limit yourself to about a week. After one week, you should do some cardio and weight lifting. Offseason workouts don’t need to be as long or as rigorous as daily practices, but make sure you stay in shape throughout the year; you’ll feel better year-round, and be ready to start the next season right.

Make and Keep Meal Dates

During the season, it may feel like you only see your teammates and coach. Make and keep friends who aren’t on your team, and have breakfast, lunch or dinner with them. This will help you unwind, make sure you’re maintaining good eating habits, and give you the opportunity to catch up and be social.

Connect With Your Team

While it’s healthy to have a social life outside of your game, it’s important to play well with your teammates, too. You share a commitment to the sport you love, and that connection can be the foundation of great relationships. Love and encourage your teammates, and they’ll return the favor — and a cohesive team often wins.

Talk to Your Coaches

Your coach is an important part of your education and athleticism, but some students might never talk to their coaches out of fear. Remember: Your coach was exactly where you were, and will understand what you’re going through. While it’s OK to not want to be friends with your coach, you can approach him/her with problems, and use the coach’s knowledge and connections to help succeed.

Do Your Best

You’re only a student athlete for a short while. Odds are you won’t play your sport at this level again once you graduate. Make sure that no matter what kind of day you’re having, you play with no regrets and to the best of your ability.

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