Sports Shorts: Inspiring Quotes for Young Athletes


If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.
-M.H. Alderson

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
-Ray Knight

To be prepared is half the victory.
-Miguel Cervantes

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

-Archie Griffen, two-time Heisman winner (5ft 9)

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging
-Hank Aaron

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
-Joe Paterno

It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
-Muhammad Ali

Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
-Lou Brock

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
-Vince Lombardi

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
-John Wooden

If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.
-Herschel Walker

The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.
-George Shultz

When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winner’s circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.

-Pat Riley

Set your goals high, and don‚t stop till you get there.
-Bo Jackson

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination
-Tommy Lasorda

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
-Coach Darrel Royal

It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired you quit when the gorilla is tired.
-Robert Strauss

The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
-Steve Young

When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.
-Bill Shoemaker

Adversity cause some men to break, others to break records.
-William A. Ward

I know that I’m never as good or bad as any single performance. I’ve never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I’ve always been able to leave the game at the arena.
-Charles Barkley

Ain’t no chance if you don‚t take it.
-Guy Clark

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
-Vidal Sassoon

The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.
-Jean-Claude Killy

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport. Especially for beach volleyball you don’t have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.
— Misty May, on volleyball


One Response

  1. Motivating younger athletes can be tricky, but it’s important to provide them with words of encouragement that inspire success! All of the quotes listed here are great choices, my favorite is the quote by Vince Lombardi. Here’s a list of motivational slogans I share with my readers, if it’s okay to post a link: Locker Room Slogans

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