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This video is brought to you by Vivo Girls Sports -- a digital media property and global online community for active girls and young women. Vivo Girls Sports developed an online video library from a network of highly respected sports experts to answer important questions from the community. Their mission is to keep girls healthy and playing sports.

One of these experts is Tina Syer (@tinasyer4), the former President at Positive Coaching Alliance. Syer played Division I field hockey at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors and was named an Academic All-America. Her coaching experience includes seasons at the high school, college and Olympic Development levels.

If you’re an athlete looking for more playing time, Syer suggests in this video that you approach your coach and have a conversation about how to make this happen. Syer talks about her time coaching at Stanford, and how she appreciated when athletes were passionate and wanted to play. The reality is that not all athletes will be starters or play as much as they want, but coaches want athletes who want to play. So talk to your coach about what you can do to see more playing time, instead of just wishing it will happen.