Which athlete are you? The one who rows the boat or the one who simply rides along?
I read an interesting blog post today from Seth Godin called Along for the Ride that reminded me of this aspect of team sports dynamics.
“How long have you been along for the ride? When is your turn to actually drive?”
As a player or a coach, these questions should be a constant in your development.
- When is it your time to step up?
- Did you miss it?
- Did you ignore it?
- Do you want nothing to do with it?
We are seeing an increase in younger athletes getting on the varsity sports field. Freshman, sophomores are being thrown into key team roles. I have also noticed a trend where these same young players are thrown into the fire often don’t seem to get much better.
They are as good when they walk out the door as they were when they walked in.
These kids get put on the boat as riders and never develop into rowers.
Athletes need to eventually take the responsibility of driving the team train. Experience and leadership can’t ride the train. Experience and leadership need to be the drivers.
It’s your turn to step up.
It’s your turn to row.
Be what you are meant to be.
Out work. Out hustle. Out perform. Every day.