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May Coaches’ Corner

May 11th, 2021

Talent & Love


We all know athletes who didn't make the most of their talents. 

Individuals who looked like they were “naturals” as soon as they started a sport, but things just didn't work out for them. 

Most of us know players who are the opposite, too. Athletes who started off their sport journeys as “mediocre”, and who most coaches didn't believe would amount to much in compeition but continually improved until they were one of the star players on the team. 

Here's why that happens:


Why Average Players Succeed:

1. Hard Work - They're willing to put in the thousands of hours of focused practice that it takes to develop skill and improve.

2. Coachable - They listen to advice from coaches and better players. They're able to use that advice to improve their workouts and games. 

3. Know Their Strengths & Weaknesses - During games, they focus on what they do well and avoid areas they struggle with. Then, in practice, they look to improve both their strengths and weakensses. 

4. Hustle Plays - Highly in tune players know that an extra possession or two can decide a game. 


Why Talented Players Fail:

1. Get Complacent - Instead of continuing to build on the skills they have, they relax and get comfortable. Fairly soon they realize that the players who are dedicated and are willing to work hard will quickly surpass them. 

2. Surronded by the Wrong People - “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” in the words of motivational speakers Jum Rohn. If you surrond yourself with people who are laxy and unmotivated, it's incredibly difficult to avoid falling into similar habits. 

3. Uncoachable - Some players don't want advice. Many believe they already have all the knowledge they need, and anyone who attempts to give them advice doesn't understand their situation. 

4. “Too Cool” - There are the players who believe that working hard “isn't cool”. They're far more concerned with impressing their friends than working hard on their game. 


Regardless of the “type” of players you have on your team, your role as coaches is two-fold:

a. Help individuals fall in love with the game.

b. Help them improve. 

And if you'd like, I am here to help you with either one.

It all comes down to setting up your practices in a way that ensures athletes LOVE attending practice (fun drills, fast-paced, competitive), but making sure that everything they do will lead to a BIG improvement in their skills. 

—Kevin Hughes, Sports and Recreation Coordinator

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