An athlete of any sport competes with one goal in mind, or at least they should be and that goal is to win. It shouldn’t be about scoring the most points, catching the most passes, or even playing just for fun. While there is nothing wrong with partaking in a sport for your own entertainment, if you are a serious athlete with plans on playing at the highest level you must play every game to win. Developing these habits at a young age is crucial in determining how far or good a young kid can eventually become. Once a kid realizes that the reason behind playing the game is to win, he or she will want to do whatever it takes to ensure that they put themselves in the best position to do so. However, if you’ve been around sports recently you probably picked up that the athletes now a days just aren’t as competitive as they used to be. Why is that you ask? Highly respected basketball trainer Alan Stein accredits a lot of that to the recent growth of AAU basketball and travel teams of other sports. Gone are the days when you had to show up early to the park just to get on the court, not to mention that you had to come with it your A game in order to earn your stripes against the older kids. Because if not you would get embarrassed and most likely not picked up for the rest of the day. Stressing once again the importance of winning, you aren’t going to pick up the guy who jacks up shots from deep. You probably won’t even pick up your friend because you need to make sure you compose a squad that will allow you to stay on the asphalt for as long as possible.
In the video below renown basketball trainer Alan Stein goes into detail about developing the will to win within young athletes!
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