THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADERSHIP FOR ALL LEVELS OF PLAYERS!
We often get asked if this Academy is appropriate for players of all levels. Our emphatic answer is always YES(!) and here are the reasons why:
LEADERSHIP AND THE ELITE PLAYER
For elite players, one of the biggest challenges is not just how to continually fine tune your game, but equally important, how to get an "edge" in things that are less quantifiable. For example, how well can you lead a team when adversity hits? How well do you communicate when the team is down? How do YOU respond, as one of the key players on the team, when the team is unraveling? How do you get the most out of your teammates, even those who are not playing well? These are all areas we focus on at the JFSLA. These are all areas college coaches look for in key players. It is great to be one of the best players on the field, but can you also lead a team in a positive way when things are not going as planned?! This edge, this confidence, this leadership is critical to going from being a very good player to a great player.
LEADERSHIP AND THE RECREATIONAL PLAYER
At the JFSLA, we believe the beauty of sports is that we all learn so much about life by just PLAYING. And the beauty of team sports is you get to learn how to work within a group, deal with different personalities, and experience first hand the power of a team unifying for a common cause.... and that does not depend on winning medals or winning Olympics. It only requires that you play. The recreational player will walk away from this week-long experience and be a better player, yes, but also, a much more confident player AND person. She will understand the value of leading by example, being a great communicator, working within a team, setting goals, creating a plan of action to achieve those goals, working hard, and all the other wonderful gifts that sports offer... regardless of the level you play.
LEADERSHIP AND THE CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER
For players who may not yet be at the elite level, here is your chance to make up some ground. Perhaps you are not the most gifted technically, or you think you lack speed. Julie often says that she was one of the slowest players on the national team but made up for it in other ways. Learn how to communicate better, pull a team together, organize a group, be a positive force when things go wrong. Learn effective ways to draw out the most in your team, to lead by example, and most important, lead with confidence. You do not have to be the superstar, team captain, or most vocal on a team to do this. Not enough attention is given to these less tangible skill sets that so often define a team and it's players. Be the player that brings your team to the next level. You too can be a great leader and a great player.