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The 5 C’s in sports

How can 5 components have such a huge affect on an athletes performance? What can a coach do to help their players succeed and grow?
Photo by Amadis Levasa
The 5 C’s are five crucial characteristics an athlete needs in order to not only perform well, but also to be coachable.

Commitment, communication, concentration, control and confidence: these 5 C’s are crucial in shaping not just an athlete’s physical abilities, but their mental toughness too.

“Overall they’re good for anyone to have in anything,” said sophomore Nick Brown. “Having all five immediately gives you the upper hand on others, because not only are you prepared physically, but also mentally as well.”

It’s like setting the stage for a grand performance where each C plays a starring role. Confidence gets you trusting your moves, commitment is your promise to go hard every day, concentration keeps your head in the game, control is all about keeping your cool, and communication is the glue that holds the team together.

“Sometimes leaders aren’t gonna be your best players,” said cross country coach Jim Caraway. “Their the ones that are the most vocal, their the ones that are gonna be at practice every day, come early and stay late, first ones there last ones to leave”


Confidence is the backbone of an athlete’s mental game. It’s like a superpower for athletes. When an athlete believes in themselves and their skills, it’s an extra boost of energy and determination. When they believe in their abilities, they’re more likely to take on challenges and push their limits.

“It definitely boosts your performance,” said Brown. “Having confidence in what your doing is not only a benefit to you, but your team too, that’s why it’s so important to have that confidence in yourself and also your teammates.”


It’s all about dedication when it comes to commitment. Athletes with a strong commitment are more consistent in their training and effort, which leads to better performance. It’s a direct reflection of how powerful your motivation is.

“How committed a player is to their sport is definitely shown in their performance throughout the season,” said junior Braden Cossey. “Being committed doesn’t only mean your committed to yourself and your sport, but also your teammates and coaching staff.”


The athlete’s ability to stay focused on the task at hand. It’s about blocking out distractions and staying fully present in the moment. Concentration is crucial during high-pressure moments.

“Being focused on what lies ahead is so important,” said Cossey. “If you go into the game focused and concentrate on the challenges you are facing whether it’s on the field or just in school, your going to have an advantage.”


Athletes need to manage their emotions and reactions, especially during competition. Good emotional control can make the difference between winning and losing. Maintaining composure and managing emotions as an athlete is the definition of control.

“Really good athletes put really bad things behind them,” said Caraway. “They’re not worried about mistakes they made two plays back, they’re focused on controlling what can happen at that moment.”


This is the icing on the cake, the one that ties them all together. Effective communication helps a team work cohesively and can improve individual and team performance. It’s not just about talking, but also about listening and understanding.

“I cannot coach a player unless I know what’s going on with them,” said basketball coach Tanna Tilley. “Whether it’s letting me know they’re going to be late to practice, or them letting me know what’s going on and how they’re feeling on court. You can’t adjust your game plan unless you know everything. If I know what’s going on I can be more compassionate, and it’ll help build a player-coach relationship faster and make it stronger.”

Putting it all together

Although players have to be teachable in order to be coached properly, you have to be a role model in order for others to learn. Coaching is all about nurturing the 5 C’s in athlete’s. With these, players can navigate the highs and lows of competition, ultimately leading to personal growth and peak performance.

“In order to be confident in myself I need a coach that’s going to support me but also show tough love as well,” said Cossey. “I can’t be confident in myself and my team if the person coaching me isn’t uplifting and being a coach. In my opinion I believe a coach should be a role model and somebody that I can look up to. If I don’t look at you as somebody I can count to, then your not a true coach.”

In the world of sports, mastering the 5 Cs- Confidence, Commitment, Concentration, control and communication-can lead to unparalleled success. A coach who instills these values creates athletes who are not just physically capable, but mentally formidable.

“Having a coach that lacks confidence is really discouraging for an athlete,” said junior AhYanna Jackson. “You could feel like you wanna give up, because you don’t feel like you have somebody that you can lean on. So having a coach or a teammate let me know they have my back is like a reliever for me. Just knowing I’m not alone, sometimes that’s all a player needs.”

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Amadis Levasa
Amadis Levasa, Event Coverage Coordinator
Amadis Levasa is a 16-year-old junior at West Brunswick High School. She was born in Fayetteville, NC, where she lived most of her childhood. After eight years of living in Fayetteville, she and her family began moving from place to place until they finally moved to Supply, NC. She lives with her parents and her only sibling, who will be a freshman at West next year. After leaving Fayetteville and a couple of years living in Brunswick County, she began playing lacrosse, which is what she spends most of her time doing. She plays for West's lacrosse program and joined a travel ball team in Wilmington, Coastal Rays, last summer. She is highly committed to her lacrosse career and is still working on becoming one of the captains on her team this season. She has been working nonstop so that she has to continue playing after high school and is planning to commit to Emory & Henry College, a division 2 in Virginia, where she also has the goal of majoring in sports medicine. “I spend most of my free time practicing and working out,” said Levasa, “If I’m not out there practicing, I’ll be in the weight room just to help keep myself in shape, then after that I’ll be out practicing. I'm even doing cross country this year just for lacrosse.” She spends time with her family when she is not playing lacrosse. She also enjoys traveling to different places and making beautiful memories everywhere. Usually, she spends her free time at the beach, but her other favorite place to go is Myrtle Beach, where she loves spending time with friends and has various activities they can do. This year being her junior year, Levasa plans to enjoy every moment. This year is Levasa’s second year in Journalism. She enjoys sports articles, event coverage, and photography. She intends to write better articles than last year and create more creative stories. Levasa is prepared to try new things and is driven to make this year great. “When my seniors last year told me to join this class, it opened a new door of opportunity for me,” said Levasa. “I don't think I’ve ever looked forward to going to a class until I started Journalism. I’m super excited to see where we go this year.”  
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