Here’s the story,
My niece is a GREAT soccer player! She weaves around people like nobody’s business and has a stronger foot than anyone on her team.
The one and only problem with her is tryouts. She always loses motivation and doesn’t try her hardest, yet, she wants to be on the team.
Her parents have tried to ask her why she loses motivation, but she just says: "I get tired! They don’t allow us ANY water breaks!" (in other words, she just blames it on everyone else but herself)
I am the one taking her to tryouts this morning and I was wondering, ‘How would I get her to keep her motivation and not give up?… How would SHE keep motivation?’
Thanks a million!
Motivation is something you can not force feed a child. They either want, or do not want to make the effort. Soccer is not about just kicking the ball hard, it is about playing the game for two half’s.
BUT she may be right, her issue may be cardio and stamina. Many children can play the game, but most are not in shape enough to run the entirety of the game. They do get tired, and cannot stand the pace. For that, the child must see the difference between a recreation player and a true performance athlete. Then they need to make the step to train.
As she loses opportunities to play, and sees the reason why, she will either learn from the experience, or change her ways. Making the team is so much better than not. If she is ;smart; enough to see what needs to be done before the fact, the better. When I played, I realized that next years season and tryouts began today. That philosophy stands by my to this day, I train daily.