During the school year, coaches are on the job keeping their athletes working out individually and with the team, no matter what their sport. However, as summer approaches, those very same coaches need to take time off to rest and prepare for the upcoming year as well. So, the high school athlete challenge is always how to stay in shape during summer months when other students are partying at the beach and hanging out with friends.

Did you ever stop to think you can have all that and stay in shape as well? Here are some tips to get you started. If you have set your sights on a sports scholarship, it’s important to remember that an out of shape athlete simply won’t perform well when those college scouts start making the rounds!

Stay Connected with Teammates

One of the best parts about team sports is that sense of working together as a single unit. When summer hits, many go their separate ways and lose that sense of connection. Why not stay in touch with teammates you’ve grown close to? Find things to do other than lie around on sunny beaches, although a day of swimming might do you good for upper body strength. This is one way to socialize over the summer while working out to stay in shape. Stay connected – stay fit!

Fun Sports for Lower Body Strength

Since you have found a way to keep that upper body strong and fit, now it’s time to find something to do with your friends that will give you the best of both worlds. You can spend a day out in the open air while working to build lower body strength while mountain biking. However, it is suggested that you don’t engage in the extreme sports version if you are simply looking for a fun way to stay in shape for next season. It’s easy to fall, breaking a bone (or several) if you engage in sports beyond your personal limits, so keep that in mind before seeking thrills.

Carry Plenty of Water Wherever You Go

While you might be tempted to go for sodas on a hot summer day, remember that coach limits the amount you can drink during the season. Every game you ever played there was a cooler with plenty of water or sports drinks for the team, and that’s what you need to remember this summer. It may be a challenge not to indulge in too many sodas or milkshakes with your friends, but you can do it. You’ve made it this far, haven’t you? If that scholarship is important to you, then remember what’s best for you even off-season.

One thing you also may want to do when you have extra time on your hands is to read what some of the big names in sports did while they were working towards making it to the pros. Look up athletes like Buster Posey from Lee County Georgia who at the time of his signing had the highest ever contract for a new player. Others have beat the record since then, but have they been an MVP, won three World Series, four Silver Sluggers, Batting Title and a Gold Glove? That’s what you’re shooting for in your career and the only way to do it is like Posey did. Give it all you’ve got 365 days a year.