When it comes right down to it, what separates the elite student-athlete from the one who might under achieve?
Is it all based on talent? Is it understanding the strategy of your sport and how to apply it? Is it about effort and outworking your teammates and opponents?
Whether you are the best player on the team or just trying to earn more playing time, I’ve heard many coaches and former players say over the years, “the most impressive trait of a good athlete is playing within the ability of yourself and not trying to do too much.”
Does your game fit within those parameters? If so, you should find plenty of success and playing time!