Commitment and its Role in Sports

Commitment and its Role in Sports

For most people, sports are a way to let loose and have fun. Although sports are usually for enjoyment, many athletes work very hard to become great at their sport. This begins by making multiple commitments in order to play and succeed in the sport. Athletes commit many aspects of their life to sports by making time sacrifices, educational sacrifices, and personal sacrifices. Without the commitments of athletes to their sport, those sports wouldn’t be what they are today. Therefore, commitment and sacrifice are necessary for an athlete to be successful.

Athletes commit much of their time to the sport they play. Most sports require hours of practice and hard work in order to become successful at it. Take divers for instance. Divers take part in a number of different phases based on skill and ability. There are developmental courses for those learning to dive, all the way up to advanced or elite programs in which experienced divers compete with each other. Certain programs such as a junior program requires eight to twenty hours per week, and senior or elite programs can take up ten to forty hours per week. Diving to me seems like one of the less popular sports, but these athletes put in much of their own time in order to become great. The hours that these divers put in are extraordinary, and it just shows how much hard work, effort, and time sacrifice can really pay off in the long run. This proves that time sacrifice and commitment are key to being a successful athlete.

Along with the time sacrifices that athletes make, their educational sacrifices go hand in hand. Parents, teachers, and coaches always preach about how school should always come before sports. This is extremely true, especially for athletes. School may seem like an excuse for athletes to not have their work completed, but it’s really a motivator for that athlete. While athletes put in hours of physical work, they also need to put in hours of hitting the books. Athletes have an even greater responsibility to get schoolwork done during their season. The athletes that complete their work on and off the field are the ones who care about where they are going in life. In addition to that, without the proper grades, athletes wouldn’t be able to play their sport anyways. That shows why good grades and educational sacrifice and commitment are also necessary for athletes.

While school and time are two key sacrifices that successful athletes make everyday, many athletes also sacrifice their personal life as well. Most athletes have experienced the scenario of missing out on a party or hanging out with a friend because they have practice or a game. This is extremely common, and unfortunate for the athlete, but if one truly wants to become good or get better at their sport, they will buckle down and get the job done. This situation is most related to high school football players in the month of August. When all the football players are walking out into the summer heat early in the morning, you know that they would all rather be in bed or enjoying what’s left of their summer. Although these athletes wish they were somewhere else, they still sacrifice the rest of their summer to get a head start on the competition, and work hard to get better. Although high school football players are a prime example of personal sacrifices, many different athletes from various sports make the same types of sacrifices year-round, and prove that personal sacrifice and commitment are necessities in order to being an athlete.

Many different athletes make various types of commitments everyday in many different sports not only to bet better, but purely for the love of the sport. Athletes sacrifice different parts of their life to better themselves, their team, or a combination. All of these commitments and sacrifices that athletes make support and prove the idea that commitment to a sport is absolutely necessary in order to be a successful athlete.

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