You always want to be penciled into the line up. Kind of a no brainer right?
Well, unfortunately, at some point in your career you’re going to find yourself on the bench to start the season. For some of you, that may happen in Little League and for others, it may not be until college or even pro ball.
As a former head college coach, I routinely saw one of two reactions from players who found themselves sitting the bench of the first time…
#1-Bad body language, disinterest, and a lack of effort in practice. Guess where that keeps you? Yep…the pine!
#2-Staying in the game, enjoying other players’ success, and working HARDER in practice. Guess what that earns you? Yep…opportunities.
Regardless of what level you’re playing at right now, don’t let where you start the season, be where you end the season. Some of the most impactful players I’ve ever coached didn’t start the first game of the season…heck they may not have started in the first half of the season, but they earned their way on to the line-up at the end of the year when it mattered the most.
Don’t let your current playing time or lack there of dictate your effort. Get better every day. Take pride in your role…however small it may be, if you excel in it, you will get a bigger one. I promise you that much.
Here’s your new goal- get on field for the championship game! Don’t let the line up on opening weekend impact that goal. Be obsessed.
Director of Teams
Maplezone Sports Institute