Nerves are a natural part of life for athletes, but there’s something different about them on the day of the first game.
This is a big day, where they venture into the unknown and start wondering if they’re ready.
Many youth athletes wake up on game day with an upset stomach; not literally upset, but just fluttering that comes with butterflies. It’s a similar feeling most kids have on the first day of school, usually along with their parents.
Is it possible to get rid of first game jitters? No, but there are tips and trips you can follow to tame them.
It’s important to remember that nerves are inevitable but if you plan for them, it can make the process of getting past them smoother.
This post originally appeared on USA Football. You can read the full article here: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7551/first-game-jitters