Practices began Monday across the state for high school fall sports.
Every coach is different in the way they lead training, the atmosphere they create, expectations, strategies, etc.
Some coaches are great currency sellers to their team. It’s a word or phrase that’s stuck on schedules, team jerseys, is printed somewhere in the team locker room and players can’t go to a practice without hearing it repeated at least 10 times.
An example is the motto of my senior season in football was “all in”. Our coaches didn’t want us to be just a little invested. The fact that it was 14 years ago and I can still tell you for sure should tell you how much it was ingrained in my mind by my coaches.
The mottoes of some teams this year are already set from the first day of training. The motto of the Nocona Indians football team is “Grill Together, Shine Together”.
Any season is sometimes described as a chore since anything done almost every day, even playing a favorite sport, for months at a time will have its weak spots. But all that time together is necessary for them to produce the hopefully good times when the team shines on game days.
For Gold-Burg football, new coach Brady Hibbitts has an anagram of “FAMILY” as his motto, which means “forget me, I love you.” He wants his players to go all out for the team because of the unconditional love they have built for each other.
Some coaches don’t have a phrase or motto yet, but there are plans to reiterate common themes. Bowie’s new volleyball coach, Ashley Sanders, said she emphasized the attitude and work ethic of every player in the program in order to be successful.
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