Second and on a note that is not as positive. We are extremely disappointed in those who consistently fail to communicate with us, "forget" about obligations or merely "blow us off" because it seems too big of a deal. It is extremely frustrating to spend years developing a system and spend hours of our time time to help young people improve when the very people that we are trying to help refuse to help themselves. It seems that they are the first to cry "foul" when their performance does not meet or exceed others and the first thing out of their mouths is you have not coached us the best. It is hard to coach those who are not invested. I realize this is your youth and you have many "irons in the fire." Sit back and think, how long does it take to send a text or email. How upset would you be if I cancelled practice, you showed up and I did not tell you? Wow! what an idiot I would be! What a terrible coach I am, but it seems okay for our athletes to not communicate when they are not able to attend.
One of the reasons that Coach Horn and I continue to do this is because we love to help our athletes mature and grow. That love is not unconditional. I have a 13 year old son who loses some time with daddy because he is off working with his other children and Coach Horn has also spent time away from his family.
Our athletes need to evaluate where they are in the new year. Ask yourself a very simple question? Would I pick me as a friend if I was someone esle or are there some characteristics that I need to work at?
I believe in our student athletes and I am a fan of all of us, just not in the way we present ourselves at times. The world is full of haters. We need to be creators. Be a creator not a hater!!!!!