Have you ever thought of reasons why good athletes get suspended, omitted from national squads, or have a very short career while they seemed to have immense potential? Rightly so. Discipline is an essential foundation for any sport. It builds an athlete's character to help them set their mind to achieve great things. Beyond sports, it is also instrumental to succeed in other areas of life. Discipline often means cutting back on some things that get in the way of fully concentrating on the sport they love. It might be difficult at first for a young athlete to cope, but with the right guidance, they can see that these sacrifices are necessary and expected of them. Successful athletes know how to set both short-term and long-term goals. Discipline teaches an athlete how to set goals, and focus their efforts on accomplishing these. Having self-discipline makes it easier for an athlete to recognize the importance of practice and preparation in reaching goals. Coaches should be time-conscious and arrive early during sessions to greet and prepare their athletes. If an athlete sees that being on time is a priority for their coach, they'll be more likely to do the same. Coaches should also be well-prepared to avoid any problems that could arise during training or competitions. The key to the success of a successful athlete is that Discipline is number one on their list!