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Ask prospective coaches to identify a good time to talk to you about your questions. Make your questions short and concise. Do more listening than talking.
It is difficult to know how great something is until it is gone, but once it leaves, it hits you hard.
The good role player realizes that his/her "time will come". This really takes a special person, because most of us want to be starters... it takes great maturity to be a good role player.
"Going through adversity you learn a lot about yourself – figure out how to react and move in situations."
There is nothing wrong with any of these athlete’s personal goals, and we should all do everything we can to help the athlete achieve them.
Most of the time the problem is the voice in your child’s head, and if you see that it goes beyond that, you, your child, and the coach can have a talk.
"Control what you can control."
The athletes who reach the collegiate level have to ramp up their commitment to the sport, with more practice and conditioning time. So they have to be very disciplined to handle their school work and proactively manage their schedule.
Being cut from the team is the most painful for the child, but we forget making the cut is also difficult for the coach.
Enjoy these few short weeks of competition. Your swimmer is making more memories you’ll treasure for years to come.
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