#13 – Talent is Only Part of Success in Sports

Inspired by an article written by Fred Bowen of the Washington Post titled “Athletic Ability is just a part of success in sports,” we hear what 5 high school coaches are looking for from players beyond athletic ability.


We also hear about what Tom Statham from Manchester United’s Youth program has to say about essentially the same subject.

Time and again, we hear that what separates the good from the great is Character. Coaches from high schools to the pros are echoing this message over and over again: talent isn’t enough. Youth wanting to participate – whether in higher competitive level soccer or in life in general – must develop core character skills around sportsmanship, teamwork, empathy, leadership, and more.

In this episode, we review multiple coach’s input and talk about being intentional with development of character.

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The Soccer Sidelines

Soccer Dad, Coach, and Club President who is devoted to developing kids and their families. With a diverse background in leadership in other settings, David is focused on empowering parents, players, and coaches to focus on the stuff that really matters in youth sports.