The Press Box For Aug. 15
A new season is upon us! Football season has begun. Oh yeah, the boys are back on the field! All the area teams have over a week under their belts. It’s time to get out the pads, time for some hitting, time for a scrimmage.
Every year it starts over, and the talk begins: How many does this team have? How many does that team have? It just can’t be true! One mom said, “My little boy is a senior; I sure am going to miss all this when it’s over.”
Not only football – but cross country, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, band, and all the other fall activities that come and go.
I was reading the other day, and I bet you can’t guess where! It said, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever.
“The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come thither they return again.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, see, this is new? It hath been already of old times before us.”
Kind of reminds me of new seasons. We experience a new year, but there’s been many new years. We have new players, yet there’s been many new. All things have already happened. It’s vanity, not foolish pride – but the vanity of having been born, to toil, to suffer, to experience some transitory joy, and to leave it all, and to die.
Therefore make the most of your time with your loved ones. As they make you proud with their activities, so make them proud with your actions.
Attend their functions, their ball games; listen to them as they cheer and play their instruments. Watch as they run the countryside. Capture each moment, and keep it dear to your heart.
Treat the coaches with respect; they are teaching and spending time with your children.
The purpose of the above writings is to give you understanding that your time is past and their time is here. Allow them the freedom to enjoy their season.
Above all, try not to live your life through your kids. If you are unsatisfied with your past, it will surely show by your disrespect towards those in positions of authority. Screaming vain words towards officials, downgrading coaches, teachers, other parents – and even other children, exposes the wickedness of your heart. It is evident for all to see and hear.
What is a Coach? A Coach… is a politician, a judge, a public speaker, a teacher, a financier, and a chaplain. It also helps if he’s an astrologer, or at least understands numerology.
He must be an optimist, and yet at times appear a pessimist, seem humble and yet be very proud, strong but at times weak, confident but yet not over-confident, enthusiastic but not too enthusiastic. He must have the hide of an elephant, the fierceness of a lion, the pep of a young pup, the guts of an ox, the stamina of an antelope, the wisdom of an owl, the cunning of a fox, and the heart of a kitten.
It will also be to his benefit to develop the acting ability of a poker player with a pat hand. He must be willing to give freely of his time, his money, his energy, his youth, his family life, his health, and sometimes even life itself.
In return, he must except little financial reward, little comfort on earth, little privacy, little (very little) praise but plenty of criticism. However, a good coach is respected in his community, is a leader in his school, is loved by his team, and makes lasting friends wherever he goes.
He has satisfaction of seeing boys develop and improve in ability. He learns the trill of victory and how to accept defeat with grace. His associations with athletes help keep him young in mind and spirit and he, too, must grow and improve in ability, with his team.
In his heart he knows that, in spite of the inconveniences, the criticism, and the demand on his time, he loves his profession, for he is… The Coach.
I have traveled to all the area schools and have spoken to many of the coaches and athletes. This year can be special for many of the schools. There are a lot of great athletes and a lot of great parents. I hope we keep it that way.
My way of thinking is, if you don’t have something good to say, say nothing; you will fair much better. My hope is for all the local athletes to have success, for the coaches to enjoy their work without interference from the sideline, for the communities to support their teams and produce winners.
It’s just not football season; it’s fall sports season. Vacations are mostly over, and the newest school year is nearly upon us. Help make it a great year; be a positive part of it. If you want to volunteer, there is plenty to do. Help make it great for the kids.
Problems will occur; games will be won, and games will be lost. Coaches will make good decisions, and coaches will make bad decisions. It’s always been that way and always will be. Help make things better. That’s the best way to teach kids to be winners.
The old saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” is still true today. No one wants to lose, but someone has to. I heard someone talking the other day about a coach’s record. Funny thing was, when I checked his… it was even worse. firstname.lastname@example.org