“I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I PRESS ON toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”
When I graduated from high school, my mom gave me a bookmark for college with this scripture on it; it was one of her favorite passages and it soon became one of mine.
Now fast forward 9 years and I am sitting in our first coaches meeting this season, I open up my binder and what do I see? Two words: PRESS ON, followed by Phil. 3:13-14. This is going to be our team motto this season; I immediately had goose bumps.
So how does this relate to basketball? All too often we as coaches harp on mistakes and losses rather than moving on and trying to improve and correct those mistakes. If you want to have a great team, it is essential to forget the past and focus on getting your players to work the hardest today so they can become the best that they can be. But it is not just the kids, coaches need to share in these same sentiments. We have all seen and experienced it, the day after a loss coaches are mad at the world and scream, yell, rant and rave. What are you teaching your kids by doing this?
The answer is NOTHING. We cannot hold our kids to a level of accountability that we ourselves cannot maintain. In my experience, I have learned that players are fueled by the contagious energy of those around them. If the coaches are excited and positive and teaching, then the players will more than likely respond in a more positive manner. One thing that Brendan Suhr mentions in almost every single one of his learning sessions is, “Coaches can NEVER (EVER) have a bad day, NEVER! You must bring it Every…Single…Day!”
Getting back to the reason I chose this scripture today; our team has had several bad losses this season. By bad losses I mean we did not perform up to our best ability and we did not work as hard as we possibly could the entire game. Resulting in a few close losses and even a buzzer beating 3-pointer a couple of weeks ago. Last night was another one of those losses. We had several opportunities to capitalize and take the lead but we just did not execute very well throughout the game. This loss really hurt.
When I got home I opened up my Facebook to check out all of the exciting things that I missed during our game, what was the first thing I saw? One of my best friends posted a video of Ray Lewis’ post game locker speech this past weekend (Thanks @rkinggator). Wow, this is exactly what I needed and what our team needed. I immediately texted it to our PG and he replied back, “Wow, I just watched it 3 times…thanks I needed that coach”. The video below is one of the best videos I have ever seen/heard that exemplifies the message to, PRESS ON! I highly recommend you show this video to your team, your friends, your family, anyone whom you love.
In case this video is ever removed by the author I will include the speech below:
God has never made a mistake, he has never made one mistake. It ain’t about one play, it ain’t about nothing. This year, we did what we were supposed to do, we fought as a team, we fought as a team. There will be one Super Bowl champ crowned at the end of this year, THAT’S IT! So the way we feel, somebody is going to feel like that tomorrow, and somebody is going to feel that way in week. That’s a fact! And the fact is we got to come back and go to work to make sure we finish it next time, that’s all we gotta do. Joe (Flacco) you played your a$$ off, you hear me man? I’m telling you man, don’t EVER, EVER drop your head when it comes to a loss dawg, because there is too much pain outside of this that people are really going through. This right here makes us STRONGER! Lets understand who we are as a team, lets understand who we are as men! And let’s make somebody smile when we walk out of here. We got an opportunity to keep going man, let’s be stronger as a team man, let’s be who WE ARE!.