Good quote and good points but life doesn’t work that way.
What you are sharing are examples of those that had the talent and drive. I would love to have a world that works like that. Most of us coach kids that are not the far end of the bell curve and will not push the 98% to the right so we can get excellence. Those kids are great and you can make a custom pyramid for them. Do you have one? You may not need one!
We work in a world of finites. Some kids would rather just hang out with friends and not do homework. If grades slip the NCAA and HS institutions will stop competition no mater how interested they are in the sport.
I get what you want and I fall in the small percent that falls asleep with lights on reading about fiber adaptations to speed based contractions and cut cardboard boxes of cereal to make coffins for nutrition tips in free blogs years ago. I get it.
This is for the average joe that represents most of us. Most enjoy the sport and often burn out when the coach is more interested in the sport then they are.
Good point – and I’d fully agree re: balancing sport for that middle of the bell-curve.
My point is not just that the real standouts are different. It is also that your kid who is part of the 98% (let’s say a 12′ pole vaulter who likes working out, likes to lay around and watch the girls run in sports bras and spandex – but is never going to make it to state or jump in college) almost certainly has something in which he can be part of the 2% and not part of the 98%. If you can help him find that thing or two that he can be fanatic about, your success as a coach will be greatly multiplied.
I will post my pyramid for the end of the bell-curve later. My wife is hovering over me and telling me that I should not be on the computer at all right now, let alone emailing people about track 🙂