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How to keep backups motivated

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The sport of wrestling is unique in many ways. It’s an individual sport with a team component.

But in sports like football, baseball, softball and basketball, there are many circumstances where a backup may get into the game. In football, a backup can contribute on special teams, or get in some snaps to give the starter a breather. In baseball a relief pitcher may come in and throw a few innings and maybe even get a chance to bat. A softball player could be a pinch runner or a late-game defensive replacement. In basketball, a coach could use numerous players off the bench at any time during the course of a game. A coach has to manage the confidence and motivation of a backup, but can help by getting non-starters into games.

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