As we roll into our travel season, I wanted to give my take on why playing on a team is important. Playing as a part of a team is a huge piece of a player’s development. More important though is playing on a team (and program) that values player development over winning.
The number one goal of Team Peak is to help kids grow on the court as players and as confident, high character people. Learning how to handle the ball, pass the ball, shoot, finish around the rim, defend, and play with passion and energy is important to us. So is understanding hard work, commitment, and being a part of something bigger than yourself. These are things a growing athlete needs, and these are things our future adults need.
Players learn throughout their development, and playing games gives them a place to practice what they are learning as well as gather feedback. Try and fail. This is the most valuable part of a travel season. And most importantly we offer a safe environment to fail (this is crucial for developing athletes), along with coaching built around what you can do better and how you can grow.
Playing games too often is not helpful. Players must train and practice a lot more than “play”. But using a season of the year to play, and grow outside of your comfort zone, and get back out there after success and failure, is an imperative part of an athlete’s development. And as a bonus, it’s a lot of fun!
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