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Why Its Harmful To Put Young Athletes In Only Specific Roles Or Positions

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R.C. Buford is a PCA National Advisory Board Member and is the President of sports franchises for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. In this current position, Buford serves as the GM of the Spurs (@spurs) while overseeing the sports administration for the other three teams in the SS&E family (Austin Spurs, Silver Stars and San Antonio Rampage). In the summer of 1997 he became the Spurs Director of Scouting, was promoted to Vice President/Assistant GM in the summer of 1999, and became the Spurs GM in 2002. In Buford's time with the Spurs, the team has won five NBA championships.

Putting people in roles rather than letting them grow as players can certainly be harmful to the development of athletes, especially when they're young. In this video, Buford encourages coaches to let players grow into roles or positions organically in order to allow them to fully develop as athletes.