CAL’s Student Athletes – Fall 2023

As October arrives, we extend a warm welcome to all student-athletes across the CAL Sports nation. This month holds great promise and valuable lessons, going beyond the colorful leaves and cozy pumpkin spice lattes. It’s a time full of potential, personal growth, and infectious enthusiasm for those who excel in both academics and sports.

For student-athletes, October presents the ongoing challenge of balancing schoolwork with sports commitments. From early morning alarms to late-night practices and intense study sessions, it can feel like a real test of endurance. Yet, it’s in these moments that you discover the strength and resilience within yourself. Take, for instance, a fellow student-athlete who skillfully manages their schoolwork and practice schedule with a well-structured study plan to excel in both areas.

October is when fall sports come alive in all their glory. Whether you’re deeply immersed in volleyball, basketball, or soccer, the excitement of competition and the bonds formed with teammates are at their peak. Your unwavering dedication to training and the spirit of teamwork you demonstrate are truly admirable. It’s in these moments that the essence of sportsmanship shines brightly.

Picture a game where you and your teammates faced a tough challenge, but together, you developed a winning strategy. This showcases the power of teamwork, proving that remarkable things can be achieved when working together.

In the world of youth sports, challenges aren’t roadblocks but stepping stones to success. Facing tough opponents, enduring demanding workouts, and conquering intimidating obstacles are all essential parts of your athletic journey. These challenges offer opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery. Think back to a time when you were learning a new skill, and it initially felt overwhelming. Through unwavering dedication and guidance from your coach, you eventually mastered it, embodying the spirit of persistence and growth.

The concept of teamwork extends beyond the field or court; it applies to your life outside of sports too. Whether you’re a player, coach, or part of the support system at home, supporting each other is key to success. Your combined efforts not only make victories sweeter but also help you overcome the obstacles you face. Consider how you and your teammates collaborated to plan and carry out a community service project, leaving a positive impact on your community. This teamwork goes beyond sports and illustrates the potential to make a meaningful difference.

While winning is undoubtedly satisfying, it shouldn’t be the sole focus of your athletic journey. Personal growth, character development, and the meaningful friendships you cultivate along the way are equally important. The lessons you learn in October and throughout the season will shape you and prove valuable in all aspects of life. Reflect on a game where you faced defeat but maintained exemplary sportsmanship by acknowledging the opposing team and staying positive. These qualities speak volumes about your character and values.

As we step into October, it signifies the start of a brand new phase in your determined pursuit of success. Embrace this opportunity with enthusiasm and take the time to establish clear objectives for both your academic and athletic endeavors. You might want to consider documenting your goals for October, just like those who participated in our Elite Camps during the summer received journals to document their daily accomplishments. Whether your aims involve reaching a specific academic grade or honing a particular skill in your game, keeping a record of your progress will be a valuable tool to help you stay on the right path.

As we set out on this exciting journey through October, always keep your determination, focus, and passion burning brightly. Your personal growth, whether in the realm of sports or beyond, is a testament to your unwavering commitment and hard work. Here’s to a month full of unforgettable moments, triumphs, and the strengthening of lasting connections that will stand the test of time. Relish every step of this journey and continue your relentless pursuit of excellence. We invite you to share your achievements with us as we’re eager to hear about all the wonderful accomplishments in your life. And remember, if you ever need a boost of encouragement, don’t hesitate to reach out; everyone can benefit from a little extra motivation.

Best wishes,

Coach Corey and the CAL Team