Thursday, August 21, 2014

Optional means Opportunity

Hello Everyone!

For serious athletes, the word optional should mean opportunity. If you're an athlete that truly loves your sport, every time you hear the word optional, your mind should automatically think opportunity.

I enjoy following Alan Stein, Drew Hanlen and The D1 Experience on Twitter. Over the summer they shared that at one of their camps they had 14 out of 65 athletes show up for an optional 7:00 am workout. I was shocked! These athletes were staying at the camp and they had no reason not to be there except they chose not to! They will never get that optional workout back, they missed it. And for what, an extra hour of sleep? These athletes were attending a camp called The D1 Experience so you assume they want to play collegiality.

Serious athletes don't miss optional sessions, serious athletes know that optional actually means opportunity. That's why I love the name of the 7:00 am optional workout, The Separator. Your actions (or lack there of) speak so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.

Athletes at AGSP know that every workout counts!

Keep training (regardless of whether it's optional or not)!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance

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