Our numbers at summer practice are dwindling. Quickly. The only day we have a decent turnout is when the athletes believe we're going to scrimmage.
Let me toss some quotes I heard from players and parents last year. This goes for both teams. These are your words - not mine.
*Why am I not going in Coach?
*Coach, why is my son/daughter not receiving more playing time?
*Please please don't put me on the JV team next year.
*How are all these teams better than us? We have the better athletes.
*This season sucks, I hope next year is better.
*We should have advanced to the third round of the playoffs, but we mentally broke down.
It's the summertime and I understand everyone can't make it to every practice. I also understand a handful of our athletes leave for the summer. I know a lot of athletes work in the summer as well.
However, at some point you have to decide if you're going to be a leader or a follower. Some people believe only a handful of people can lead - I do not. Everyone has the ability to lead. A leader's actions define him or her. A LOT of people asked for more coaches. They're here. However we cannot help you if you do not help yourself. Coach Ryan had ZERO athletes Sunday and the 4 coaches out there today had maybe 15.
We have worked incredibly hard the last two years to build what was a joke of a team into a very nice little program. The coaches' work is done on that end. It is the responsibility of the athlete(s) and parent(s) to show up now. Show up and prepare to win or allow apathy to swallow you and your team.
That being said, if you are not playing a fall sport, beginning late September we will condition 5 days a week. Coach Scovic and I both strongly believe this is essential. If you don't think you want to commit that much then now is the time to bow out. My fellow coaches work too hard to get frustrated with so few athletes showing up.
This is not directed at the athletes who show up most of the time or those who contacted me before the summer and told me they could not make it.
We're not looking for excuses - we want to see action.