I Don’t Need The State Title

By March 2, 2018 No Comments

Starting every March the goal is the same…to win a state title. For our program offseason workouts begin after spring break, continue into the summer team season, and then conclude in the fall. All of the work is dedicated to becoming the best we can be in order to compete for a state title.

When it’s all said and done each season, there’s only one team who doesn’t end the season with a loss. Almost every team will feel the sting of defeat one more time,  but that shouldn’t define a team or a season.

If the sole goal of a coach is to win on the scoreboard, they’re in for a lifetime of frustration. There are far too many coaches who define success only by wins and losses. Our team didn’t win a state title this year, or even a district title. However, I believe it was widely successful.

We had a winning record, took third place in two tournaments, and won another. But more than anything else; we had fun!

What is winning?

High school sports are about so much more than the scoreboard. Winning isn’t only defined by scores. To me winning is giving your best effort while getting the best effort of those on your team. Winning comes from reaching your full potential. Some teams are going to be more athletic than others. Some are going to have better players, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a winner.

Here are seven traits that define a winner:

  1. Great Effort
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Great Teammate
  4. Energy Giver/Encourager
  5. Sportsmanship
  6. Resolve/Toughness
  7. Integrity- play the right way


What It’s Really About

In 2o years we’re not going to remember the scores, but we’ll remember each other. The journey is more important than the destination. Even though we didn’t win a state title this year, I wouldn’t trade in the memories made and relationships built for one. Not in a million years. We can’t take trophies with us when we leave this world, so why focus solely on that. (Don’t get my wrong, it’d be great to win one).

The basketball season is a marathon and it can wear you down. However, keeping your mind on the bigger purpose and vision will get you through the ups and the downs.

I love the journey.

And if I ever win a state title, I know I’ll cherish the players and coaches more than the trophy.

I emptied the tank. I’m exhausted from the journey.

But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I don’t need a state title to know how blessed I am to coach the girls I have.

I don’t need a state title to look back on this season as a success.

And I don’t need a state title to feel fulfilled.

My heart is full.

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!


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