The #1 Reason To Play Sports

Why play sports?

Why do you play lacrosse?

Your “why” may be different than your parents “why.”

The real answer to why play sports is simple but often forgotten. And I can tell you, some have completely lost perspective on this. Sad but true.

Let’s talk about reasons kids play sports (and specifically lacrosse).

There are many reasons such as:

  • To have fun
  • To be a part of a winning team (to win)
  • To score a lot of goals
  • To compete
  • To be a part of a special team culture
  • To be around friends
  • To do something I’m good at
  • To build confidence
  • To develop new skills
  • To discover my athletic potential
  • To get into college
  • To become a “superstar”

These are all valid and real reasons athletes have reported.

Playing sports can get very muddled though, in terms of why athletes play.

If you’re the parent, you always want to see your kid do their best at the sport they play.

You want to see them crush it out on the field and become that “superstar” – whether that’s scoring a lot of goals, becoming a lock down defender, or becoming a “brick-wall” goalie.

Unfortunately, we forget that the underlying reason an athlete plays the game comes down to one big thing.

It is to become a better person, period.

The lessons we learn in sports translate into all other aspects of life:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Work Ethic
  • How to Handle Success
  • Learning from Defeat
  • Competition
  • Resiliency
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Commitment
  • And on and on…

If you’re not a great teammate, if you’re not giving your best, if you’re not committed to yourself – how is this helping you in life?

Sports is tough.

Life is tougher.

Take the many lessons from sports and apply them to life.

That’s why you play.

It’s worth repeating. You play sports to become a better person.

It doesn’t matter how great you are on the field if you’re a horrible human and poor character person.

Simple lesson, often forgotten.

Coach Scott

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