The transition from club or high school soccer to college soccer creates several challenges for student-athletes at the Division I, II and III levels. Student-athletes must adjust to more-structured environments, more frequent and rigorous training sessions, roommates, academic loads and living on their own for the first time. Athletic departments like ours across the country hold orientation programming for student-athletes to ease the adjustment to college life and start the student-athletes in a positive direction.
The difficult transition is not limited to student-athletes alone.
Parents of college student-athletes struggle with the transition from high school to college as much (if not more) than the student-athletes themselves.
Think about it. As a parent, you have driven thousands of miles, watched hundreds of games and listened to a million conversations about your kids’ games over the last umpteen years.
Youth sports pervaded all aspects of your personal life more than anything else.
Youth soccer is a commitment from the child and from the parents. Nights, weekends and vacations – all spent on youth soccer since your child played U6, especially when you parent an elite-level athlete.
The excitement that you feel about the journey your son or daughter will take over the next four years is perfectly normal, as is the anxiety you may feel.