The words “Hard work, Dedication” on the shirt you wore during the workout aren’t just words for show. It is what you will be all about moving forward. It will be the team’s identifier! So I won’t lie it will not get easier. The workouts will get tougher as you get stronger and faster. The strength and conditioning trainers will keep pushing you to shave off more time on your sprints and lift more than you did the week before. But your passion and love for this game will keep you going, no matter how much pain you are feeling or how much you want to quit. You are not as tired as you think you are. You will be able to push through the 6 a.m. conditioning, the lifts, the on-court work, film, and ice baths all before going to Calculus class that morning. You are a Smithie for a reason, don’t forget that.
Because of your cross-country move for college, your teammates will become so much more than just teammates for you. They will be your sisters. They will be there for you through the good, the bad, the ugly and the even uglier. Yes, you got a glimpse of that in AAU ball but nothing would compare to this. These girls will be there for you from the first time you get sick to when you need help editing your first college lab report. But most importantly, they will not take it easy on you on the court. They will block your shot or steal your telegraphed pass to make you and the team BETTER. So no its not to pick on you because you are the first-year. Its purely out of love to make you battle-tested.