Oh this is a sad day. I must be old school since I am approaching 50 years old. Why teach anyone a game and not teach them how to win? Winning is an attitude and losing is a habit hard to break. As a coach you want to teach your players how to play the game and all the fundamentals but you also need to teach them how to win and why winning is important. Yes, I said it winning is important to build self confidence and character just like losing builds character and teaches one that losing is for the other guy not me. I am not going to feel this defeated again so I am going to work harder than the next guy so I can win the next time.
Competitive Youth Sports like youth football teach our young men and women life lessons. Life is not easy. You must work hard to achieve success. No one is going to give you the win, you must earn it and take it from someone else. Just like the job you interviewed for and the raise you are competing for or maybe the partnership at the CPA firm or Law Firm. These are wins and losses. How to win and lose is mush easier to teach while our children are young rather than letting them learn on their first “real” job at 24 years old that they are whiney brats and get fired because an over achiever spanked them on a huge project. No you were not there to help them, so they bombed.
Someone in the 1960′s decided they did not like losing as a child so they came up everyone gets a trophy and an “A”. Well that does not happen in adult life. Most of us lost that dream job we wanted to someone else and took our second or third choice. And life goes on. We are still happy, maybe not ecstatic over our jobs, but most of us are still working harder and striving to achieve the dream.
It has been my experience that most young athletes like to win and prefer to keep score. Mother Nature also keeps score in survival of the fittest. Winning is on our blood and genes. Teach your football team how to win with honor and respect and most importantly how to handle defeat.
And as always, play for fun but Winning is Funner!
Keller, TX / Fort Worth Texas