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Playing for the Right Team: Less Important Than Committment to Sport and Love Of Game

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Does playing for the right team, club or high school guarantee getting recruited for college is a question all parents of elite athletes end up facing sometime along the way as their children continue their growth as athletes.

The answer is simply no.  An athlete definitely has to play the sport they love with a commitment to being the best they can be. This can be accomplished at all levels of clubs, but the important thing is that the athlete be competitive with other top players. There is no need to jump from club to club.

Again we are talking about enjoying the sport that we play and with a sense of personal freedom. Playing with friends and playing for a quality youth coach is as important as competing for a championship each year with no friends on the team and a coach who pushes too hard.

These are memories that need to be cherished and not erased from our kid’s memories, as they get older. The athlete who loves to attend practice and looks forward to the games will have the advantage over players who don’t enjoy the experience.

Success will come easier through this enjoyment.