Do You Know How to Practice?

posted by Stran

In organized sports there are a lot of benefits of having a coach, but there are some negatives also. One, some coaches can’t see the potential you have. Two, they can’t measure your heart or your try. Three, if you’re not careful they can hinder your dreams.

IMG_0296When you rodeo it’s just the opposite of organized sports. You are your own coach usually. You control how you prepare, how you practice, and how you perform. And if you’ve ever been to one of my schools or spoke to me about this to any extent you know my stance on this. There is a big difference between practice and simply roping. Most people go to the practice pen and they just rope. When you ask them at the end of their session they would probably say they were practicing when actually they were just simply roping.

Now lets switch back over to organized sports for a second so I can prove my point. Lets take Tim Tebow as my example. In college Tim Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner and a national champion. Maybe the greatest college quarter back ever. But when he tried to go to the next level he had serious issues with his mechanics. He had been throwing the ball wrong all those years, and he was never forced to deal with it until he went to the next level. And unfortunately for him, up to this point, he has not been able to correct it.

Now lets switch back to roping. In my opinion the difference between practicing and just going through theIMG_5509 motions is when you actually address a weakness or a problem. Then you go to whatever measures you need to correct them. This is where the benefit of having a knowledgeable coach that can actually see what you’re doing wrong is a great benefit. Another way to do this would be studying video of yourself. Its common knowledge that it takes 21 days to create a habit, but if you have a bad habit it will take a whole lot longer than that to correct something that you’ve been doing wrong. The first step in all of this is you have to acknowledge your problem or weakness.  The next step is you need to figure out or get instruction on how to correct it. And the great and final thing about this is now you can just stop roping and start practicing.

God Bless and see you down the line!

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  • Jamie Calhoon says:

    Hello, I was wondering about your school on roping, I have a 15 year old son that is interested, he loves to ride and I would like to introduce him to roping, I think I would really peak his interested even farther into the riding. Do you have any advice in this? Thank Jamie Calhoon

    • Cassie Kolesar says:

      Stran is hosting a roping school November 20-22. Email info@stsranch for more information on the clinic!

  • Daniel the lawyer says:

    Hello Stran ! Great article! I’ve been in one of your schools in Brazil and I can say you are not only a great coach … You are a philosopher of the sport. Congrats and god bless !

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