SECOND BANANA

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Everyone has the desire to win, but only champions have the desire to prepare. Do you believe you’re a starter or a benchwarmer? Do you believe you’re an all-star or an also-ran? If the answers to these questions are the latter, your play on the field will reflect it.
But when you’ve learned to shut off outside influence sand believe in yourself, there’s no telling how good a player you can be. That’s because you have the mental edge. If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.                                                                                                                                                                               -unknown

 

Keep yourself motivated or get inspired to go for your best as an athlete. We can all use a little motivation from time to time

I could say a lot about the politics of high school basketball here, because my cousin went through it when he was on the team. A starter benchwarmer.

He worked just as hard as anybody else, and was actually much better than some of the players that did get to play.
He wanted to quit, as he rarely got into a game, but I told him to stick it out. It was more a life lesson, as the majority of people today will quit anything in life if it gets too hard or doesn’t go their way.

He stuck with it for 4 years and gained the respect of his classmates that were on the team. I don’t advice him to  quit,I told him  to show the coach that you are hardworking and dedicated to basketball and that you really want a position in the team. Even if you fail, you tried your best and nothing is embarrassing about that.

I am also pretty sure that one does not require talent to be an amazing sportsman. (Not implying that there aren’t any talented sportsmen) Just plain hard work, determination and guts. Not only would you gain recognition, but also self-respect.

My cousin benched his freshman year in varsity but started every game after that, but He clearly had the talent to start I never knew why until after high school it has a lot to do with maturity, high school basketball is more about learning to play with a team learning the meaning of team work even though you could score (25- 30) a game you don’t do it cause you care about your team, and when you’re trying to get school basketball contracts. You grew up with these kids you play with it should be more fun and friendship. Once you do this you will be surprised to know how much more fun it is winning and sharing it making them feel important to the team your star players or starters to do this, but if it is high school your just as important as the next guy, just because you don’t start or play much, might be many reasons for that, but it’s to have fun if you’re on the bench, practice the hardest a lot of players can’t sit the bench to much ego if you’re on the bench and playing hard every game every practice. You’re very valuable you’re a glue guy and every winning team needs one that’s the heart of a winner u might not understand this if your young but it’s true. Stick with it i promise u will have your turn someday and if not u stuck through it and learned something i guarantee your coach appreciates u a lot more than you know…if u want to start and don’t have the talent u just got to work harder. Remember when it is your turn to start, be a leader appreciate your team everyone down to the last guy on the bench people will want to follow u play harder they will be more confident in their selves make them feel important. If your starters don’t do that, learn from it be the better teammate u win in the long run sticking through the bench. I’m happy his coach did it to him.

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The life of a Benchwarmer may be somehow so though you just have to yelled out there for them to see you are involved, waiting for your turn to boast your skills and talents but they tend to give chances one at a time and nobody seems to get chances regularly.

I say do whatever you feel more passionate about.  However, if you choose to stick with basketball, here are some tips.

1. Stop shooting 3’s (as much). As a center, if you score, you’re likely going to make mostly layups and close range shots. If you like to shoot, practice free throws (definitely) and hook shots, and mid range shots (free throw line extended). Ask your coach to teach you some post moves.
2. Work really hard on defense. Center is mostly a defensive position, so get conditioned and learn some defense.
3. Work really hard in practice. Coaches put hard work on the court before talent. Try to outrun or outhustle everyone. Give everything you have in practice, coaches will have no choice but to notice.
4. Build some muscle. You’re being overpowered because, honestly, you’re not strong enough or aggressive enough. Put on some weight, mostly muscle.
5. Build tough skin. People trash talk in basketball. Even professionals do it. Learn to put up with it, and not let people get in your head, and you’ll be OK.
6. Ask coach to help. Coaches love a player who wants to get better. And listen to what he says.

Does basketball benchwarmers actually sit at the end of the bench?

If they do, that’s just sad, the true sad thing is they all get at least half a million to do so..

You might say never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened,
the only thing is to do it right We all have to take defeats in life. We generally make too much of winning. Let’s face it, someone always has to win; that is the nature of competition. But the mere fact of winning doesn’t make you great.

Sources:

http://www.benchwarmer_corner.com

http://www.benchwarmerexperience.com

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