Athletics provides athletes with several benefits including the acquisition of valuable life skills that will benefit them throughout their life. These skills are more beneficial than the games themselves, and their impact can be powerful and transcending. Some of these skills include:
Effort – Defined as giving it everything you have in both practice and games. Effort can overcome the lack of talent in many cases. A player who gives 100% effort is said to have heart. Life lesson – give your best no matter what, and you cannot question yourself in the end.
Hard Work – Defined as the preparation you put into becoming a better player before the game is played. This includes strength and endurance training, individual practice time, and film study. Life lesson – preparation is the key to success. If you work hard to prepare, mistakes are less likely to occur.
Self Discipline – Defined as the ability to maintain and carry out the role the coaches have determined within in the game plan. This includes understanding your own individual strengths and weaknesses. Life lesson – stay on task no matter what distractions are to get the job done.
Team Work – Defined as the ability to work with others to complete a goal successfully. A team will only be successful if each individual fulfills their role. Life lesson – working with others is an essential part of being successful. Doing your own thing can be detrimental and lead to many problems.
Time Management – Defined as the ability to fulfill all obligations including practice, homework, family, friends, etc. Life lesson – You must be well balanced and adept at handling all aspects of your life so that you are not overwhelmed and stressed out.