We’ve all seen them – the truly great players we look for on TV, buy tickets to watch perform, or wait on line to get autographs from. But how do great players actually become great players?
In lacrosse, as with other sports, some players are born with an upper hand. Genetics undoubtedly play a big part in the skill level of any athlete, with every kid being pre-disposed to a certain level of capability. For example, a child whose parents were both top-notch athletes probably has a better chance of inheriting prowess for the playing field.
But genes are far from the sole factor in determining who will grow tobecome a standout performer. There are also some key personality traits that most great lacrosse players share, including competitiveness, drive, and a focus on accomplishment.
Great players are dedicated to a training regimen. Not only do they make time to practice on their own, but they also utilize proper technique at all times, so it becomes a habit.
In addition, exposure to high-end training and as large a competition poolas possible can help a talented player become even better. Particularly whenthey’re young, children who get the opportunity to play a range ofdifferent sports against excellent opponents will progress much more rapidly. A healthy dose of advanced competition drives players who are already motivated to learn more, play harder, and practice longer.
Another significant factor that’s often over looked is zeal for the game. No matter how much natural talent a child has, and now matter how exceptional the quality of their training, if they don’t love lacrosse, they ultimately won’t excel. Instead, they’ll be better off simply looking for another sport in which they’re more interested. Because if there’s a single trait literally every great lacrosse player possesses, it’s a true passion for the sport.
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