Thursday, August 23, 2012

Life Lessons

Sport provides such an excellent platform to teach important life principles and values that help shape the character of young people. All experiences are of value to youth development. The exhilaration of victory and the pain and disappointment of defeat have their place.

Life will deliver its blows. What we must teach is how to respond. The question is, how strong are we mentally, physically, and spiritually to take these blows and make the choice to keep standing back up and moving forward?

“There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The First Day of Practice

The first day is always weird for everyone; new faces, new challenges, and many other unknowns. Parents, players, and coaches all feel it in the beginning. But it all ends up working itself out. Players get to know each other, parents get more comfortable with the routine, and coaches gain a better understanding of the team’s strengths and weaknesses.

Once the stress and pressure of the first practice is over there are a few days of relief, then the focus moves towards anticipation of the first game.

It’s all part of the process we enjoy so much. 

It’s Football Season!

What is it about football that our society loves so much? It’s not only a game, but a source of commonality. It provides meaning, purpose, a sense of family, and a platform to practice many of our deeply held societal values. 

What do you love about football?