I’ve made a few trips out to Colorado Springs and every single time, I am dumbfounded by this space. (This past year about $1.7 million in renovations have been done on the grounds and I suggest every parent with a talented athlete make an effort to take a trip out to the Visitor Center where they have created a more interactive visitor experience.) But of course, more than for the amazing aesthetics, I was on campus with the Men’s Junior National Team and I made some very interesting observations that I wanted to share with an audience I believe doesn’t normally have inside access to such an elite platform for student athletes.
I could no longer keep these secrets to myself … so I decided to share a few:
1. The athletes keep a tight schedule. They have a film session, and two intense practices – usually a two hour and half hour morning session and a two hour evening session. Prepare your mind for that type of commitment outside of your current programs.
2. The practices are very rigorous, intense and fast paced. These are the top high school students in the country competing for 12 or 13 roster spots! Be prepared to mentally handle that level of competition. Focus on your own growth and development! Use that energy to make yourself better, don't let it consume you.
3. John Lucas has arguably one of the best skill and assessment camps in the world. I would strongly recommend any parent or coach who has questions about their athletes skill level to send them to his camp or find out who he is and learn more about what he is doing!
Let me know if this information is helpful for you families and coaches? I would love to continue to share!