Why does your athlete play the game?
Seems like a simple question, doesn't it? And yet my guess is that few tweens or teenaged athletes ever ask themselves that question today, yet they sweat and toil 10-12 months each year to master their sport with hopes of glory.
It all starts with an honest assessment of your athlete's motivation and desire for playing their game. For without the proper motivation your athlete will not possess the burning desire necessary to do what it takes to elevate their game so he or she can dominate on game day and stand out from the crowd.
Your athlete's sport is likely a difficult game that will only get more competitive the older he or she gets.
As a coach it baffles me when kids have been taught to do something a certain way in practice again and again, yet come game day they completely forget how to do it. How can that be?
I have come to the realization that it all comes down to an athlete's motivation and desire. How bad do they want the success they work so hard for?
Today's adolescent athlete is different than I and my peers were a few decades ago. Our motivation for playing was all ours, it was pure, and we worked our butts off to be the very best because we had a burning desire to succeed, to play in college or the pros. We didn't know any other way.
Today's athlete needs to find out why he or she plays the game, hopefully for more than just pleasing mom or dad, and it all starts with determining, specifically, what motivates them.
So let's start with understanding a little about motivation. There are two types of motivation:
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