Progress is Earned, Not Given

Posted By: Michael Klinger
Posted On: December 4th, 2016
Attending: Institute of Technology Carlow

1st Example

Going through this week, progress seemed to be the main theme in two big aspects. I mentioned a few weeks back that I was looking forward to my u16 boys team taking on the Kilkenny stars after a hefty loss. Well this weekend we got that opportunity. The guys battled hard all game, improving on what we needed to improve on, as well as really implementing the game plan. I couldn’t be more proud of this group after today. They continually amaze me with their hard work, dedication as well as listening skills. We ended up coming up short by 6 points today, but to see the tremendous strides this team made is truly rewarding as a coach.

2nd Example

The second example of progress that stuck out this week was my aunt’s team back home in Jersey. Saint Peter’s women’s basketball team opened up their conference play this week with a substantial loss to MAAC power Quinnipiac. This was a discouraging loss for the team, and you could tell that they were upset by the loss. However, instead of dwelling on the loss and putting their heads down, they returned to practice the next day even more determined than the prior practice, and set their sights to Marist on Sunday afternoon. Poughkeepsie is not an easy place to play, especially for a conference bout with one of the best teams in the league. The Peacocks played an outstanding game, executing down the stretch, and coming out on top in their first road test of the year. Congrats to Aunt Pat and the rest of Saint Peter’s women’s basketball, keep rolling!

Both of these examples personify progress, and as a coach, that is all you can ask for out of your kids. I look forward to the continued progress and success of these two teams in the near future!

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