It's the most physically and mentally demanding sport there is. Similar to other sports, it requires: individual skill, speed, strength, agility, IQ, and conditioning. However, given the physical demands and contact nature of the sport, it requires a little something more.
Monsters Inc. utilizes 4 phases of sports performance training:
We also understand the science behind, as well as, implement the following training concepts:
We see it all the time, from youth league all the way up to High School. Our athlete's are pretty dang good until they play someone better. We go from running up the scoreboard on everyone to getting the scoreboard run up on us. It's not that our athletes can't compete amongst the best, it's that our kids, as talented as they may be, are not receiving the proper training required to succeed. That and, they don't trully understand the nature of the game.
You see, football and running into a wall are very similar. Only our kids decide that, because there's a wall there, they can't go any further. What they fail to realize is that "running into the wall" isn't the end of the game... it's what lets you know the game has finally begun.
The difference between a kid that plays football and a Monster on the football field is that Monsters don't stop when they hit that wall... Monsters tear that wall down! And, they do it because not only have they received the best sports training imagineable, but they posses 3 things that only Monsters Inc. can provide:
1. KILLER INSTINCT (KI)
The ferocious desire to succeed or win. And in football, your athletes desire has to be ferocious enough to succeed or win no matter who their playing, no matter the score, and no matter the challenge... even if it requires having to go up against a bigger, faster, and stronger opponent with the refs helping them every step of the way. Your athlete has to understand that winning and losing isn't about who's the most talented... it's about who's got the most fight and finding out which one of you is going to break first.
2. ASSERTION OVER AGGRESSION
Your athlete must posses the physical and mental stamina to assert himself, again and again, over the course of an entire game, against any and every opponent.
The key difference between assertion and aggression is control. Those capable and confident enough to assert themselves understand the physical nature of the game, and are both physically and mentally prepared to fight through any adversity. Those who must rely on aggression, lose control, play in spurts, and break down mentally over the course of the game.
Your athlete must posses and play with a feverish level of intensity. INTENSITY: The measurable amount of output, where output = intensity, and your athlete's level of intensity relates specifically to their ability to meet the demands of the game at the highest level of play.
When it comes to sports in this area, the common perception is that, through team practice alone, our athletes will receive all of the training being good at sports requires. That and, this notion that properly training athletes does not require any kind of formal education. Not only are these ideas the furthest things from the truth, but they have created an environment where our athletes abilities are marginalized and any development is limited to the best guess of individuals who, though they mean well, simply do not posses the required knowledge to help athletes become their best.