The Game Inside The Game

One thing I’ve learned about this game is that all the little things add-up to creating the foundation of your approach to how you present what you want to do. There are a lot of things (what I refer to as ‘every day is a campaign’) that you need to establish as a coach that builds the foundation for what your team’s philosophy is centered around: Loyalty (“us” vs. you guys” we’re in this together, we have each others backs & care about each other) Accountability – We lost because him, the refs, our goalie, the fields size vs. we can get better at things we can control Pride – We act in a way that people want to inquire about what we’re about,  our attitude sells itself, people want in. In doing so… you protect these things at all costs, you act in a way that demonstrates the above, and those that don’t fit, don’t agree or don’t sometimes people come and go, you do what you believe is best for your team and you always stay fair with that- sometimes that means coming across in a way that seems bitter or emotionless, sometimes that means you come across one way to a kid that was never your intention, but it is what you need to do and the right thing to do for YOUR team. I can honestly say that all that have come and gone still mean a lot to me, as a coach of so many players you coach obviously move on for one reason or another, justified in their reasoning or not, but I have never hated anyone that left, and sometimes in the moment or the role you put the game face on/act in ways that is best for your team. But you still care about those players and have good memories from them, and it hurts that they are gone, and that’s why you put the front up. But they still are important to you, whether they believe it or not…