IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-8-21)
“Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana”
In all sports, playing time is earned, not given. In team sports the number one objective is to be on the winning team. Yes, individual performances are important, but the bottom line is the final score is the most important thing.
Not all individuals will receive equal playing time or equal opportunities. That is why athletes work so hard in the off-season—to improve their skills which will enhance playing time.
So many times athletes in team sports get their priorities wrong. Never put yourself before the team. To earn playing time, you must do the things that fit into the team concept. You must lock out comments and suggestions from parents and friends.
Remember, it is not what you want and expect that is important. It is what the coach wants and expects that matters the most.
In the end, playing time will be determined by how you fit your individual skills within the framework of what your coach is trying to achieve. Conquer that and you will receive plenty of playing time!
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