Step up to the plate with confidence
Have an aggressive mentality
Have great timing
Use the entire field
Practice with a purpose
Discipline – doing the small things consistently and well – touching the lines, stepping with the correct foot, focused attention and no shortcuts to success… undisciplined teams don’t win championships. Be accountable and Compete!
My dad says I can’t quit my team, but I don’t want to play football anymore. All I do is sit on the bench during the games. What should I do?
Congratulations on making the football team. Believe it or not, the first year I tried out for football I did not make the team. I remember how sad I was when the coach read off the names of the kids who would be playing that year. I tried out the next year and sat on the bench during most of the games, only playing a few plays. But I knew I would not play in the games. The other players were bigger and better than I was, so why would coach put me in?
So, instead of complaining about playing time, I decided to make practice my games. Every Tuesday and Thursday I would prepare for practice as if I was going to be playing a game. I went all out on the scout team, knowing that the harder I was to block in practice, the better my team would do in the game. When they did well in the game, I took pride in knowing I helped them prepare.
Practice was hard, Chris. I got knocked down, a lot. I was scared, but I tried not to let the other players know how scared I was. Some of the players hit really hard and the noise alone made me want to quit.
After a few weeks I got better and was less afraid. I made some friends on the team and started to have fun. I still got knocked down, and I wasn’t very good, but I realized what a privilege it was to be on the team. I promised myself I would finish the season and then decide if I wanted to play again.
Also, I thought I was letting my dad down by not starting. When I told him I was embarrassed because I sat the bench, he told me he was proud that I made the team, and that he loved to watch me go all out in practice. That helped a lot knowing that my dad just loved to watch me practice.
The next year, you know what? I was one of the best players on the team. I was voted team captain and rarely came out of the game. I am not saying this will happen for you, but I am telling you that in order to be good at something, you have to be okay with being bad at it first. Then you get better. Always aim to get better, no matter what you do in life.
I want to encourage you to finish the season. You don’t have to play next year, but you should follow through with your commitment and try to have as much fun while you are there. Please don’t quit.
Live and lead with honor…“To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility and always put God first– these are marks of maturity and graciousness.” —-
Losers assemble in small groups and complain about the coaches and other players. Winners assemble as a team and find ways to win!!
Athletes… It is great to dream big but if you don’t get out of your comfort zone and fully commit with your actions, your dreams will belong to someone who will Commit and compete everyday!
“I don’t complain about playing time.
My Job is to play so well the coach cant sit me”
Team Leaders… Teams improve quickly when leaders are confident enough to look beyond themselves and praise the skills, effort and attitudes of others
We before me in all decisions
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
“I can’t promise to make you the best player, but I promise, I will never stop trying.”
Spectators…Unless a family member is injured, there is no reason to be anywhere near the team bench, dugout, etc. This is their time and that is their space