Floorball does have its separation of good players from the best. Don’t kid yourself, or your athletes that you coach.
So many people want to be the best, but so few actually make it.
Are they simply just better? In many ways yes, but not necessarily in physically. For many that succeed the effort put into getting there far outweighs the physical attributes. Simply put you have to want it more than the person next to you. In sports just about all coaches talk about this aspect, and in floorball it’s no different. You have to work for the things you want regardless of the obstacles laid out in front of you. While performing on game day is important you can’t possibly expect to succeed in the long term if you don’t put in the work off the court. Studies say it takes 10,000 hours of doing something over and over again to master it. That’s a lot of time by yourself on a hot day working on dribbling a ball. However, to be the best you have to be a master at your craft. Not just one aspect, but ultimately every facet of your game.
For youth players this is a difficult concept to develop. The work is hard, tedious, frustrating, and at times it will feel like you’re not progressing. Stick with it. Preparation is just as much of a mental game as anything else. When you think you can do that last pushup get out of your head. You’re more capable than you realize. If you can’t push through the mental aspect off the court you’ll have a tough time getting past it when things are down on the court. Think of the best players in any sport, and think of a time when they rose above the rest. It wasn’t magic, but skill and willpower.
While drills and preparation are essential to learn and progress as a player don’t forget the fun. If you’re never having fun when you train you’ll ultimately grow to despise what you’re doing. When you think about it sport are a game, and in the essence of the game it is supposed to be fun. You should be pushing yourself to be creative in how you train. You don’t hear it enough, but be goofy. Sometimes a little levity in the right situation can be valuable for your sanity and for your long term development.
Some of my best memories playing sports don’t fall around how tough a practice was, or how often I get out to train; but in the joy of playing for myself and for my team. Those are the things that mean the most to me. I hope that all players take this in.