I had a coach years ago tell me “As a player you have to take ownership of your game, in your actions and improvement, if you want to improve and get more playing time.” What does that mean? You have to be willing to learn on your own beyond practice and season by watching video, reading, working on a skill 20 minutes per day, going to clinics or using software like coaches eye. These are just a few examples of taking ownership of your game.
Other examples and more important are the willing to except defeat without making excuses on why you lost, not being a complainer but being an encourager. When you are not getting the playing time you think you deserve, don’t do the blame game with parents and friends, ask the coaches what you can do to get better to deserve more playing time, trust your team in public and in private, trust and confidence in each other will grow. This display of trust often encourages a desire to have ownership. Finally, stay humble! The best leaders on all levels have one thing in common, they are all humble. This statement is saved for last for one reason, ALL leaders take ownership in everything they do, even if it’s failure or mistakes! So again, “Take ownership in Your Your game and your actions.”
Taking Ownership is a one step process, it’s a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly campaign to make yourself better!
“As a player you have to take ownership of your game, your actions and improvement, if you want to improve and get more playing time.”