There’s this myth that circulates around the athletic community: sports are fun.
Yeah, some people think the sport itself is awesome. But it’s often forgotten that “fun” isn’t the end-all-be-all for everyone. Some people think sports aren’t actually that fun, but competing and winning are the real amusers. Those people also tend to be ostracized, because playing for any reason other than the enjoyment of it is frowned upon. But, those people also tend to end up being the most successful at the highest levels of competition.
Now, I’m not saying playing for the fun of it isn’t important, because it is. Sports are a great way to get active, to meet new friends, and keep yourself out of trouble on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Maybe even give you an excuse to scarf down that “Love-It” size waffle cone at Coldstone, because you “earned it.” But for some people, sports at the high-school level are just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The problem comes when there are these two conflicting types of players on the same team.
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