Every athlete needs the following items:
Cleats - Academy will have a smaller, but less expensive selection. Dicks will have a larger but slightly more expensive selection. THESE NEED TO BE WORN PRIOR TO THE FIRST PRACTICE. I am not talking about walking around your parents' home and scuffing up the floors. Go outside and walk around. Coach Miller suggested, and I think this is a great idea, wearing them in the shower and allowing them to dry. They will fit your feet.
Cleats will start to smell. If your parents are okay with it, put them in the freezer once or twice a week. It will kill a lot of the bacteria causing the smell (works for keeper gloves, jerseys that still smell after a wash and anything you sweat in while wearing).
Size 5 ball - Coaches are not toting around balls all the time. It is the responsibility of the athlete to get a ball and bring it to practice and games. You may not always be using your ball, but if we have 54 athletes on the field we should have access to 54 balls. Once again - same local places are best for purchasing.
The correct clothing. It will be cold and most of the time wet. For the new parents and players - we do not cancel most of the time. We play and practice in the pouring rain and will wait out thunderstorms. I understand this is different than most spring sports.
Water is your friend. Drink it. Start drinking now to prepare for Tuesday.
Epsom salts are your good buddy as well. Get some. There is nothing more relaxing, especially during the cold months, than an Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes to relax your muscles. When we get into the hot months we will discuss how to correctly execute an ice bath (there is a good way and a very bad way).
You are now working out/practicing exclusively with your teams. Become friendly with each other. I know all of your names, learn your 15-22.
Match nets and new coolers: $530.