Having been a two sport athlete all throughout high school, playing one sport competitively all year round, the struggles of being a competitive athlete in high school were very real. The following are signs that prove you to be a competitive high school athlete:
Yes – a competitive athlete’s sport in high school was their life!! Dedication to one’s sport is key to one’s success and shows one’s competitiveness in the best way – through one’s heart and desire to play.
Practices are always grueling. In gyms without air conditioning or on fields in the hot sun or bitter cold, the competitive high school athlete is typically “stuck” practice for about 2 hours and within those two hours there is no touching your phone – unless its to tell your parents when practice will be over. So, naturally, at the end of practice, you will find that your phone has a lot of messages for you to catch up on – or ignore.
To be the best, sometimes you have to travel far to play for and with the best. The people who truly want to be the best will do whatever it takes to do so – including driving multiple hours for practices and the multiple hours back home, making for late nights and lots of time for homework in the car.
There’s always tournaments that your competitive team would travel to in order to prove that your team is number one. Whether it was an hour flight or five hour flight, the competitive athlete has had to travel a distance to show his or her dedication and passion for his or her sport.
There are many different types of coaches – and all competitive athletes know that there are some coaches who are yellers and others who are not. Being told to get your act together by a non yeller is one thing, but someone getting in your face, practically spraying you because they know your can do better is an experience like no other. Although frightening the first time, you become used to it and learn that the day your coach stops yelling is the day they stop caring.
Go H.A.M. or Go Home – the motto of a competitive athlete.
Probably wasn’t in the best interest of your ankle, knee, shoulder, hand, etc., yet you decided the game was more important and the injury could be addressed after you won the game.
Ever heard the term gym rat? If you were a competitive basketball player in high school, you were definitely living in the gym, working on you shot, ball handling, and quickness. Likewise for any football, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, or other sport athlete, you were a field or court rat, working on skills and drills to improve what was good about your game until it became great.
What can you say besides the fact that your sport comes first!!! Sorry friends! If you could be there you would!
It happens to the best of competitive athletes – you’re working hard to perfect and improve, but make the mistake of pushing yourself past your limit, leading you to either hurting yourself or making yourself sick to your stomach.
While the some workout in all Nike or Under Armour, you can be found sporting clubs and teams who no one has ever heard of, but you wear that gear proudly!!
What to do with all the reversible pinnies you’ve collected over the years? Hope you live somewhere warm – you can add them to your workout clothes collection!
The dreaded thought of sprints up and down the court or field makes you light headed and short of breath – and you haven’t even done the running!
Explaining to your coach and teammates that you didn’t bring your shoes or the jersey you need to play the game is always rough, but it happens to every competitive athlete at least once.
If you were a true competitive athlete, you did question why you were still playing, but realized it’s because you truly love the game.
Coaching definitely isn’t for everyone, but competitive athletes who have a passion for their sport want to be involved with the sport in anyway they possibly can and coaching is one way to do so.
Whether it be about your performance in your last game, or planning for the next practices and games coming up, you could talk anyone’s ear off about your sport – even if they didn’t want to hear it.
Forever friends are found through sports. Your teammates are the people who share the same passion and love for the sport that you feel, giving you a key thing to bond on. Competitive athletes who are friends with competitive athletes push each other to make each the other better as well.