Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Note to Myself

Now that basketball season is over, I have reflected a little bit on the season.  I am a slow learner and I think that if the season started right back up again now, I might not really apply all that I have thought about. But here's to positive thinking!  :)

Dear Basketball Coach Paige,

     They are only 9 and 10 years old.  They are not trying to impress college coaches or scouts.  No one is looking at you as a possible college coach.  Deep breaths might help you make it through the first five minutes-or until you realize how the game is going to go.  But even if those deep breaths don't help, remember:  THEY ARE 9 and 10!!! 

     No referee is perfect.  No referee is going to call the game exactly the way you want.  Busting a blood vessel trying to tell them how to do their job only makes you look ugly.  The fact that you made a drastic change in your behavior at Christmas was a great choice.  You never had to worry again about getting a technical foul or making a bad impression.  Those 9 and 10 year old boys were watching you and they saw you make that change!  That is important.

     Practice really does matter!  I am not a fan of the long practices that Jill calls mainly because I am so tired by the end of the day.  But it DOES make a difference.  It does matter.  The kids made such great strides from the beginning of the season til the end.  And that couldn't have happened without practice!!!  Jill runs a tight ship....but she is the BEST coach.  You should always coach with her!
     Lastly, you should learn the most important lesson from your team.  After they won the tournament championship by only 2, had been given their plaque and championship ring (ring pop!) and had their picture taken a thousand times, they were most excited about having an end of season party and all spending the night at Jill's house!  Lesson to be learned: it's always "just a game of basketball."

Post Season Paige
(maybe you should consider taking next year off!!!!

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