Monday, January 20, 2014
As many of you know Basketball season is upon us. And, although it is a relatively short season, it is a very valuable experience for our students. In fact, when done properly, playing on a sports team often teaches us very important skills for life off of the court. That may sound a little bit cliché, but it is very true. Here, in my opinion, are the three key things that playing on a sports team can teach us. First, playing on a team teaches us how to work together. Even Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, had to learn how to trust and work with his teammates before he was able to win all of his championships. Unfortunately, I don't think we have anyone as good as Jordan on our basketball team, but it doesn't mean that we can't learn the same lessons that he did. So while we practice and play games, we are going to have to learn to work together as a team and trust each other as players in order to be successful. What a great life-lesson to learn. Second, sports can teach us about hard work. I have never seen a good athlete or a good team that doesn't work hard. During my time in BC when I was coaching in the provincial basketball program, I remember talking to players about the 10 000 rule. That rule basically states that in order to be an "expert" at anything, sports included, it takes 10 000 hours of practice. That is a lot of practice and a lot of hard work. We won't get 10 000 hours of practice in during this basketball season, but I do think we can inspire our players to see the value of hard work and the affect it can have on our ability. Third, sports can teach us to work through adversity. Sports create a challenge for its players. How a player responds, often shows how they will handle adversity. When we learn to play through tough periods in a sporting event, we are actually developing the necessary resilience to work through tough times in our lives. Sports give us an opportunity to be challenged by adversity, grow under its pressure and become stronger people through the experience. Sports have always been a huge part of my life and, although sports is just one means of many, it has helped me grow as a person.