Not Practicing at Home? 5 Tips to Stop Using Lack of Time as an Excuse

5 Tips to Stop Using Lack of Time as an Excuse

Coaches can only give you the tools to be successful. If you truly want to experience success, you must take charge of your own development.

As a coach, my biggest frustration is when players use the excuse ‘I don’t have time’ when I ask if they have been training in their own time. I know that school, homework, and extracurricular activities take up a lot of your time. You probably train 2-3 times a week and have a game or two, which accounts for, at most, 6 hours a week. It’s simply not enough time spent on improving your game.

So, here are 5 tips to utilize your time to ultimately improve your mental, physical and emotional game:


1) Every time you finish watching a Netflix episode, do 5 minutes of simple ball-work in the house before starting the next one. 

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time but if you watch 12 episodes over the course of a week, you have now amassed an hour of extra time with the ball. These short segments of training add up quickly. Download a ‘footwork pattern’ training plan from our App and get to work! 


 2) Every time you win or lose in a video game, complete a set of push-ups, sit ups, or plyometrics before restarting the game.

Start simple with 5-10 push-ups or sit-ups at a time and you will see significant increases in your physical strength. Track your progress by writing down how many of each exercise you do each time between games. 


3) For every video you watch on YouTube, watch a video of professional players training or in a real game.

Pick players who play your position and watch their movements, their body position, and technical skill while thinking about how you can implement what they are doing into your own game. 


4) Add reflection into your daily routine of homework. 

Keep a short journal of what you did well at practice or in the game, and what/how you can improve on. Revisit this journal before and after each practice. 


5) Dribble a tennis ball or mini soccer ball with you everywhere you go around the house.

 Whether you are just walking down the hall to see your sibling or walking to the kitchen for dinner, by dribbling a small ball, you will get more touches on the ball each day.

I know that you have a lot going on in your life, but these 5 simple home-training hacks should give you some structure and stop you blaming time as the reason for not training.

How much do you want to improve?

Mike Matera

Stay on the Ball ⚽

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