Establishing Boundaries for Musketeer Athletes
Every athlete has different aspects of their mental game they need to work on in order to improve and build them into more complete players and people.
For each Athlete Type, there are certain tendencies that the majority of athletes who have that type can work on to better themselves.
Coaches, parents, teachers, and mentors can all help make a difference in young athletes’ lives by setting different boundaries and helping them understand some of their weaknesses and how to smooth those weaknesses out and become a more well-rounded athlete.
In this article, we will look at certain boundaries and techniques that could help if put in place for Musketeer athletes.
Help Musketeers See or Understand…
Musketeers love helping their teammates and team succeed. In order to get them to work hard and perform at their best, a coach could show them how their individual efforts or assignments help contribute to team success.
This could mean a football coach showing a Musketeer who plays offensive line how their assignment on a running play can make the difference in a running back springing a long run or a basketball coach explaining to a Musketeer who plays on the wing how their defense and hustle can help lead to transition opportunities on offense.
Being able to understand and visualize how they can have a hand in their team succeeding will help inspire a Musketeer to play harder and perform at their best.
Prevent Musketeers From…
Musketeers are eager to lend a hand to their friends and teammates who need it. As a parent or coach of a Musketeer, making sure no one is taking advantage of the Musketeer is very important.
They have a tough time saying no to helping out a friend, and some people may take advantage of their repeated kindness.
Remind a Musketeer that they can’t help everybody who approaches them with a problem, and try to monitor how often they help certain people. If a pattern begins to appear, try to restrict how much they help that particular person.
Musketeers are Bothered By…
A Musketeer will likely become flustered or embarrassed if they receive public recognition individually.
They would much prefer their entire team to be recognized for their success, they don’t want to make any achievement about themselves, because they believe they owe a lot of their success to the hard work and dedication from their teammates.
A good example of this is Drew Brees, the notoriously humble quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.
Here is a video of Brees in 2011, after a game where he broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a single season:
As mentioned in our article about Drew Brees, you can almost feel the connection he has with every single person in that locker room. With all eyes on him, Brees deflected the praise for his achievement to his teammates — insisting he couldn’t ever do it without them.
Some people may think of this as just another example of “Quarterback speak”, where a professional QB knows the cameras are rolling and they work the room like a politician.
However, with Brees and in fact, most Musketeers, this is a 100 percent genuine reaction. Like a true Musketeer, Brees wants to share all of his biggest achievements with the team, and his teammates revere him for it.
Check out this video of his long-time offensive lineman, Zach Strief, speak of the leadership Brees brings — while holding back tears.
This is the pinnacle for a Musketeer athlete. As a coach, making sure to give Musketeers the chance to recognize their teammates for contributing to their achievements as opposed to just crediting them, will make a huge difference in how they enjoy being part of the team.