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Quiz the Coach - Why is My Friend Better?

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Quiz the Coach - Why is My Friend Better? - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Feb 08, 2007
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Need someSkateboarding advice? With hard work and some coaching tips you will be on your way to being a good skateboarder.

So ya dig sports but need some help with your game? Don't understand some of the rules of football, basketball or hockey? Got a gripe about P.E. class, skateboarders, cheerleading, coaches, or anything? Why not ?

1Hey Coach,
My friend has been skateboarding for about seven months and I have been skating for a little over nine months, yet he is better than me. I skate about four hours a day and he only skates for like 20 minutes a day. Why is he better than me?
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Hey life_of_ride_snow_to_skate,

Sometimes people pick up things faster than others. Whether it's skateboarding, math or playing the piano, having natural talent is something that some people are blessed with and some aren’t. But that doesn’t mean you should be discouraged that your friend has a little more natural ability than you. Remember - talent can only take you so far. It is usually the people who work the hardest that succeed. In every sport, there are countless athletes who are not as quick, or can’t jump as high, or are not as physically gifted as their competition. But you see them succeed because they work hard and they make up for their lack of abilities in one area, by focusing on the things they do well.

My advice to you is this - if you really like skating, keep at it and keep practicing. If you know somebody that is really good at it, ask them for tips on how you can improve. Or better yet, sign up for lessons. Don’t even be concerned on how much time your friend is practicing, because it doesn’t matter if he spends 10 minutes or 10 hours. What matters is that you are practicing something you truly enjoy. You do these things, and I guarantee you will keep improving as a skateboarder.

Do you need tips or advice on sports, fitness or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.

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