Posted On: 02/20/19 11:29 AM

In just about everything we do, we crawl before we walk; we walk before we run; etc.  And yes, in most things we do, there's a tendency to want to skip ahead to the "fun stuff" (the end result), without mastering the skills of the trade first.  We want to just jump in the car and drive, not take a driver's education course.  We want to just graduate and be done with high school to move on to our future, not sit in class every day, studying, taking tests, etc.  However, with regards to those analogies specifically, we must complete driver's education to be eligible for a license.  We must get a high school diploma to move on to college (or something else).  But in sports, it's different.  Kids develop at different rates, either because of talent or practice time, but the end result is different for everyone as well.  There isn't a checklist, and there isn't a certificate telling you that you've moved on to the next step.  Instead success, enjoyment, disappointment, age, or injury are a few things that can be attributed to the "next step" in athletics.

But lets go back to wanting to skip ahead to

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