Sometimes, your best might not be good enough to win, so it’s important to learn from failures and try again. Akeem Leviston is a football coach at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas. This week, we hear from him about the foundations of youth sports, what it takes to retain young players as a coach, and the process of achieving success through competition over time.
Participation trophies keep kids protected from failure, but as a result, fail to give kids the skills they need to succeed in everyday life. But even though every performance shouldn’t be awarded, encouragement for players who tried hard and gave it their all is important for keeping them coming back year after year. Sometimes, all it takes is telling a player “I love you, I’m proud of you, I enjoyed watching you compete.” You can’t always control the outcomes of competition and some kids will have to fail over and over again, but as long as they approach every challenge with an unbeatable attitude, there’s room for them to grow and learn.
What You’ll Learn:
- The importance of trying your best even if you can’t control the outcome
- A single success may have many failures in the background
- Encouragement goes a long way in youth sports
- Athletics and academics go hand-in-hand
- Being talented isn’t enough—you have to be driven and work hard to succeed
“Anytime you do something, you’ve got to compete. You’re not always going to win, but you’ve got to compete to be the very best that you can be. Not anyone else’s best. Just you.” -Akeem Leviston
“There’s a winner and a loser in everything.” -Akeem Leviston
“A lot of times you’re going to be toiling in failure, hitting no, no, no, no, until you finally hit that breakthrough.” -Jake Thompson
“Sometimes your best is not good enough, but you’ve got nothing to hang your head about because you did your best.” -Akeem Leviston
“You’ve got to learn how to fail early and learn how to get yourself better.” -Akeem Leviston