The game is over. Your child’s team has lost.
Losing isn’t fun, but that’s not the worst part. In the process of not winning your daughter (or son) throws their helmet or glove in frustration, and stomps into the dugout.
No big deal, right?
We often see professional athletes show out and make headlines and highlights on sports shows. For example: Peyton Manning after losing a Super Bowl, and Lebron James after losing to the Orlando Magic.
The bigger the tantrum the bigger the press.
A moment of passion. An expression of wanting to win and perform at one’s highest. But could it really just be a bad attitude?
Consider this thought…
Your skill will never rise above your attitude.
Once, as a high school softball coach hosting tryouts, I oversaw a tough decision to keep or cut a couple of players for our team.
I already had my catcher position set, but I decided to forgo making cuts for another week and wait until after our first scrimmage.
What an eye-opener that decision turned out to be.
I watched as my then starting catcher threw one fit after another during the game. The final straw for me was when she threw her facemask about ten feet into the fence after a passed ball.
Several years later I can’t remember the players I kept, but I can tell you the one I cut! Further, I didn’t cut her. Her attitude got her cut.
As much skill (and talent) as she had it would never be better—or get her any farther—than her attitude allowed.
A good attitude is the most important asset any player can have. It is the one thing a coach, teammate, or future boss is looking for.
There is a saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s definitely true when it comes to one’s attitude.