Coaches, it’s time to make the shift

By January 31, 2011


El Dorado High School –You have brought in new coaches to the boys’ basketball program, yet they have been acting in the old standard of winning at every stake by only playing the select few they “believe are better” or “earned the right to play.”

Well, I believe in the word team and that all boys on the team should be played because they all are just as good as the other and have already “earned the right” to play due to the fact that they are “on the team.”

Each player has the power within them to play well — we are all alike. But they need to play more to demonstrate that. If you coaches recognize their power too and not just play your favorite kids, these players will let their light shine on the court as well.

Do you remember “The Little Engine That Could”? He said, “I think I can, I think I can.” Well, you coaches would be well served to think the same thought. If you believe you can win the game playing all the players, you can and will. If not, you won’t.

It appears you think you can only win by playing the same five players to exhaustion and to the exclusion of the other seven boys. And this is where making the shift in consciousness comes into play. It’s a mindset you have and it’s time to recognize the power in the boys you haven’t been playing and play them too (believing that you have done a great job coaching them and that you can still win games by playing these boys too).  Like the game of life, the game of basketball should be fun for all — win or lose.  It’s how you play the game that counts.

Rise up, coaches. It is time to be a powerful majority for the good of all, i.e, team. It is the power of thought that wins the game. So start thinking powerful, good thoughts about how you’ve taught all the players, not just the selected five you have only been playing. Turn the tide and believe that you can win by playing the other team members too.

And know that the greatest power is love and love all your team players by allowing them to be the “family” you speak of and play “together” just like you say when you huddle in and send them on the court to play their be. Love is the energy in alignment with the force within all of us and it is all powerful. It is the energy that will guide the team in the right direction, to make the win. Love energy will prevail in the face of adversity. Therein lies our strength, guidance and right-decisions. And the players will feel it from you coaches and succeed because of it.

Coaches, make the shift — start new players; believe the team will win by having all the boys playing as a “family” and “together.” These boys you put in to play (more than just for a minute) will play with thankfulness in their heart for the coach who played them all the while when their parents and friends watched and cheered them. Make it fun again, coaches, for all players to want to contribute to winning the game for the team.

Coaches, please uplift your thoughts about all your players. Ask yourselves what your influence shall be in the lives of these boys as they continue looking at you as their mentors and guides in the game of basketball and in the game of life. Is your influence creating a peaceful, harmonious environment in which we all get along and support each other to be and act our best? If you will play all the players on the team in these upcoming games, you will see an improvement in attitudes, words and actions on and off the court. Their uplifting souls will affect those around them and will radiate out. Soon the effect will spread exponentially. An  even more people will come watch the games and El Dorado High School freshman boys will still be winning, but with all players having been played and contributing to the success.

Coaches, make a difference in these boys’ lives and play them all. You will still win. And you will win the hearts of these young men as well as games.

May all Cougars play well!


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