The 4 Types of Athletes (Which Are You?)


This article is specifically for you, lacrosse athlete.

First, let me say that there is great news about this information, so please read through to fully understand what I mean.

I want you to not only understand, but believe that you have the power to do something great if you want to.

With that said.

When it comes down to it, there are really only 4 types of athletes.

Which one are you?

Be honest.

Self assess.

As a coach, here’s how I see this.

And I’ve given this a lot of thought, believe me.


Athlete #1 is the most desirable athlete to work with.

This is the athlete who has skills and also works with relentless work ethic to better themselves.

This athlete is the individual who not only has the talent but also grinds each and every day to get better.

They have the skills and they apply continuous effort to improve themselves.

This is awesome.

I can immediately think of athletes who come to mind that fit this profile.

This lacrosse athlete is not talented and has amazing skills, but they continue to grind each day by “getting on the wall,” getting to the field to work, or doing strength training, or running or whatever it takes to get better as an athlete.



Athlete #2 is a little frustrating, but definitely has potential if they can change.

Here’s the deal.

You can always choose your effort.

Do or do not, there is no try.

You can give it it your best or half ass it.

I mean seriously, it’s your choice here.

I have seen athletes who are very talented and have unbelievable potential, yet they slack in practices and don’t give their best effort.

How frustrating.

The good news is they can turn things around in a heartbeat by simply applying more effort.

Sometimes I see talented athletes who, honestly, waste their talent because they just don’t put in the work.

Some call this “wasted talent.”

I’ve seen it.

But you can change that.


Effort is everything.

And you can always control your effort.

Never forget that.


We can work with athlete #3.

Even if this particular athlete doesn’t have the skill set, they are always working hard.

This could the “developing” athlete who is putting in high energy and effort to get better.

If the skills aren’t there, this athlete can simply apply more effort to get better as a lacrosse athlete.

The perfect example is lacrosse is the new or developing player who doesn’t have the stick skills yet.

Coaches say this until they are blue in the face but to improve stick skills, the single best way is to “get on the wall” – which means performing daily wall ball workouts for lacrosse which can radically improve the ability to catch, throw, cradle, and control the stick.

Here’s the bottom line.

Any athlete can improve themselves in an instant by applying more effort.

Hustle, grind, and work outside of practice.

And when you’re in practice, you stand out immediately by applying high effort in drills and skills.

This athlete has potential.

High effort is always a potential difference maker.


Finally, we have the athlete #4.

I’ll be honest here, this one is most painful.

By far, these are the most challenging athletes to work with.

The good news is this type of athlete can change right now by starting to apply their best effort.

Did you get that?

I said “best effort.

Why would you not give anything but your best, but surprisingly some just don’t do it.

Like I said, it’s painful and frustrating.

While this athlete doesn’t have the skill set for their sport (yet), the thing that is worse is they don’t do anything to develop themselves.

And sometime I mean zero.

Once again, there is good news here.

Any athlete can get better by working harder, even if they don’t have natural skills and abilities.

But if they don’t work hard and they also have less than optimal skills, it’s virtually impossible for any coach to help them.

As a coach, I cannot help this athlete because the athlete does not want to help themselves.

There is something called personal accountability for athletes.

That means there is accountability to work hard to improve themselves during – and outside of – practices.

So the bottom line here is that if you don’t have the skills and you’re not trying, what are doing?

You’re either in or you’re out.

There is no in between.

Back to what I said earlier.

Effort is everything.

And effort is a choice.

So, you have 4 general types of athletes?

Which are you?

Are you;

LOW SKILL, LOW EFFORT – try harder!

LOW SKILL, HIGH EFFORT – keep working!

HIGH SKILL, LOW EFFORT – work harder!

HIGH SKILL, HIGH EFFORT – keep doing what you’re doing!

You can quickly and easily improve yourself by applying more effort.

Hard work.

Well, it does pay off.

I’ll leave you with this statement I heard a few years ago from an elite level coach.

“Life is hard if you live it the easy way. And life is easy if you live it the hard way.”

Think about that for a minute and understand what it means.

And here’s the bottom line with all of this.

Almost every athlete can become better today simply by working harder and giving even more effort.

Wherever you are, just make sure you’re not the LOW SKILL, LOW EFFORT athlete.

Because any athlete can take control of that to make a positive change.

Coach Scott

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