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In Trevor Tierney’s (assistant lacrosse coach at DU) most recent blog post, “Born to Lax: Playing For The Love Of The Game”, he wrote about why do children and adolescents play lacrosse.  He mentions that it is unfortunately for mostly the wrong reason.  (Trevor does call himself out this too.)  The way that sports are currently set-up in America, it is all about competition along with winners and losers.  Trevor believes that this concept is incorrect.  His reasoning stems from the book “Born To Run”, which talks about the Tarahumaras and their true joy and passion for running.

Trevor, like some others, tries to shine some light on this subject.  It appears he, as I am too, is a fan of “deliberate play.”  It is something that has been somewhat studied and is extremely helpful in player development for individuals up to the age of about 13 or so.  It is mostly used in Europe and South America.  More so now in South America than Europe.

The interesting thing that Trevor wrote about actually pertains to a class that Steve lead.  Trevor indirectly wrote about the five levels of motivation, which is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  The needs go from (1) physiological to (2) safety to (3) love/belonging to (4) esteem and finally to (5) self-actualization.
Here is a real example of running the timed mile:
Level 1/2—Michael Jazey (1965, 3:53) “I ran so would not have to fight the war in Algeria.”
Level 3–Jim Ryun (1965, 3:51) “I ran to get a letter jacket, a girlfriend.”
Level 4–Moureddine Morcelli (1993, 3:44) “I ran to be known as the greatest runner of all time.”
Level 5–Sebastion Coe (1981, 3:47) “I ran because was meant to run.”

Level 5 (self actualization) with Sebastion Coe is the same as what he wrote about with Tarahumaras, and is something that sport psychology ultimately strives for on and off of the field.   He is writing about taking lessons that are learned on the lacrosse field and applying them to life, which is the essence of what sport psych is about.  This is my prime interest in athletics.  It is a goal that I have with teaching.  It is great to see such a renowned former player and a D I assistant coach start to actualize this concept.  The monolith has arrived!