Monday, November 28, 2011

Lesson #1: Don't Hate, Congratulate

One of the fundamental rules of competition is that there is always somebody out there better than you. This is part of what drives good players to be great. The recognition that the guy on the other team was better,today. He was bigger, stronger, faster, smarter, tougher and played harder. For parents, this is a tough pill to swallow as we all want our kids to best player on the field/court. Getting young players to respect and recognize the talents and hard work of their peers is critical to assisting them in their development not only as an athete but as a human being. We live in a world where people celebrate the failure of others instead of celebrating people's successes. When playing against a top team or top player, make sure you video the game and watch it. Highlight and point out specific skills and abilities that the team and/or player exhibited. Most importantly, teach young people to embrace the talents and successes of others. In short, don't hate, congratulate.