PURPOSE: To explain the importance of understanding delayed gratification. POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Nothing is instant. You will never instantly gain strength or pick up a new skill. Delayed gratification brings bigger rewards and builds character and understanding this can give an athlete a mental advantage over their opponents. Just because the big reward will take time, setting up process goals can sustain motivation while waiting for the overarching goal. by Cassie Reilly-Boccia As coaches, we have the best jobs in the world (in our biased opinion). Everyday, kids walk through our doors with a dream in mind, “I want to make varsity..