The Maverick has free-flowing thought processes and is willing to share this train of thought with anyone who is close enough to listen. The Maverick is reluctant to adopt systems, conform, or comply.
They believe in living in the moment and taking life one day at a time. They don’t like highly structured individuals or situations. Likewise, they see lower value in tradition and custom than most. It’s easy for the Maverick to shift their beliefs and they question the status quo.
EFFECTS OF DEFINING TRAITS
A Maverick will typically embrace change. In fact, they might be an agent of change. Socially, Mavericks are fairly easy to get to know. Typically, they are not reserved, guarded or defensive. They are comfortable talking about themselves, their ideas, and their dreams.
Mavericks often tire of the same routine very quickly. This might include off-season conditioning and some of the other more mundane chores associated with their sport and position. Also, the Maverick does not see rules as absolute. With things like ethical judgment, the Maverick can see both sides of the argument.
Finally, when evaluating and making a decision, a Maverick will give more weight to the specific circumstances of a situation and less weight to fixed internal standards than other athlete types. For example, if the situation was in dire condition, the Maverick may feel it would be okay if the person broke a universal rule, like Do Not Steal to resolve the dire condition.
DURING ATHLETIC COMPETITION
In sports that have penalties and referees, the Maverick may show some marked tendencies. They may test the limits of a rule that results in a penalty. For instance, the NFL has periodically changed the parameters for which pass interference can be called. A previously legal technique like the bump and run for defensive backs may now be considered pass interference. The Maverick is going to test the limits of this new interpretation.
The Maverick will also tend to see things differently than the referee in certain sports. For instance, the Maverick pitcher probably has a more liberal interpretation of the strike zone than the home plate umpire. Mavericks generally deal with change well. But when a turnover occurs during competition, they may be too quick to abandon the game plan. The turnover causes little distress but they may decide to change directions instead of staying the course.
Finally, the Maverick is vulnerable to making some sloppy mistakes because of a general lack of focus on the details.
HELPING THE MAVERICK
Sloppy mistakes during competition also happen in practice. Coaches, parents, and teammates should be vigilant in making sure the Maverick does it right in practice. Have the Maverick practice concentration drills and figure out ways to remove distractions.
The Maverick can benefit from learning how to plan, organize, and manage time. In doing this, attention to detail should be reinforced. The Maverick may not like the military type of coach but could benefit from this kind of program.
Also, it is best if coaches, teachers, and parents give a explanation or rationalization for a rule. It’s best if a two-sided explanation is provided with the stated rule coming out on top in the plus column.
Finally, any time a coach can make the ordinary seem special or extraordinary, the better. An example is the old parent trick of: “Kids, let’s brush our teeth extra well tonight because we are having donuts for breakfast.”