Every Bench Player Must Understand These 4 Things...Or Be Very Frustrated.

May 25, 2018

TRUST ME: Playing time does not indicate how successful your future will be. But, work ethic, persistence, and determination does.

 

I wish I knew what I'm about to tell you when I was playing. When I sat the bench, I was very frustrated and hopeless. My effort and work ethic declined. Everything felt pointless.

 

Here are four ways guaranteed to improve your experience when you're not getting playing time.

 

 

 

1) Define Your Experience By Effort.

 

God does not gift athleticism equally. Some people are born with better starting points. Instead of natural gifting, take pride in how hard you work. If someone is better than you, but doesn't work as hard, then you should have more pride than him. 

 

You cannot control what someone else is born with. Comparing yourself to others will make you miserable. But, if you MUST compare, then compare work ethic, dedication, and fortitude. 

 

Find your confidence in things that you control. Be proud of yourself for the effort, even if the result is not what you desire. 

 

2) Set VERY, VERY Small Goals

 

If you get ZERO playing time, being a starter should not be your goal. You can't skip steps. Focus on what is right in front of you and achievable. There is NOTHING noble about being ridiculous. 

 

Your first goal should be starting on the scout team. Then, maybe dressing varsity. Then, getting 8 minutes per game as a role player. Then, 6th man. Then, starting can be a real goal. 

 

3) Understand Your Value, Even If Coach Doesn't

 

Preparation is king. Therefore, no one is more important than the scout team. Without a strong scout team, the varsity will be unprepared. Take pride in helping the starters get better. That is your job. Be great at it.

 

Also, don't expect any recognition. Only the exceptional coach will prioritize appreciating the scout team. Your contribution will most likely go unnoticed.

 

4) Ignore Your Peers

 

It's no secret, bench players get made fun of at school. Friends will mock you and say, "How come you never play?"

 

That's okay. They are ignorant. Playing time is not your judge. You can appreciate yourself without playing time. You can take pride in other things.

 

TRUST ME: Playing time does not indicate how successful your future will be. But, work ethic, persistence, and determination does.

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