Making the Transition There has been a LOT - and I mean a ton - of discussion on this boars that speculates on the differences in a professional and academy environment. I think this quote from Memo sums it up: “But it’s also more demanding now that you’re with professionals who demand that every time you step on the field that you work your hardest. I didn’t real feel like that was the case in Florida. I always saw players taking plays off, and taking days off. “Here, you have to come to play every day.” I don't think this disparity can be emphasized too strongly. Those who think that Bradenton is anything close to a professional environment are dilusional. When you know your spot is in constant contention, when you know your job, your livelihood, your well-being and that of your family is in constant jeopardy, you perform. There is no need for someone to motivate you - the motivational factor is built in to the system. Until young US players are involved in a professional environment, they will be a few steps behind their competition from around the world, both individually and as a team.