Our Spring Season is underway. It is always exciting to get an initial assessment of where are players are and to see the initial seeds of growth sprout. It is a time where we all believe that anything is possible.
Our goal is to maintain and portray that positive attitude throughout season. There will be many ups and downs as we wind through the season, but through it all, we have to continually put character first.
Character takes shape in many different ways. It shows in how we handle success, being gracious, humble and confident; in how we deal with adversity, with perseverance, strength and the commitment to overcome; and in how we manage emotion, no matter the circumstances, level headed and consistent.
We should hold ourselves and each other to a high standard. Coaches, parents and players should continue to strive to complete with class, enjoy the battle and regardless of the result, congratulate each other for the effort. Our players should be challenged to achieve more, but not berated in the process. They should be encouraged, taught and coached – with all of us positively contributing to their development.
We are all here to teach and exemplify a little bit more than just a game. What we demonstrate, shows our players how to handle different situations, how to react in success and failure, and focusing on what lies ahead instead of dwelling on what has passed, using each experience to learn and improve.
Continue to believe in what is possible, cheer enthusiastically and encourage our players to be the best that they can be – and continue to display the character we would be proud to see our players emulate.