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BLOG: Just a thought...

February 9, 2022

This image is so powerful and concerning. Try not to forget who's sitting in the backseat of the car or in the room listening to the adults that they admirer most and most want to be just like! Or just remember what parents use to teach: "If you don't have anything good to say, just keep your mouth shut!" Dd

February 3, 2022

"Tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles - Dostoievski

February 1, 2022

It's the work you didn't do yesterday that is costing you today. Dd

January 21, 2022

People are always asking, "what can I do to become a better coach...?" Do the work! Put in the time!  I watch those more experienced than myself. I listen to those more educated than me. I seek out and emulate top level mentions. Dd

January 17, 2022

"With every dawn there is a dusk. However, every sunset promises a new sunrise. Similarly, all good things must come to an end, and give way to another set of experiences and there effects - good or bad..." Rachna Shankar Jha

January 8, 2022

Want without work is the expectation of the lazy and the ill-informed. Dd

December 20, 2021

It's the battle, the fight, the contest itself that holds the life lessons and the character builders within athletics. There are plenty of losses in winning and countless wins in losing. Dd

December 4, 2021

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know" Ernest Hemingway

That would explain my gloom. Dd

November 12, 2021

"Keep your attention focused entirely on what is your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours." - EPICTETUS

October 14, 2021

Pat's Summitt's Definite Dozen:

1. Respect Yourself and Others

2. Take Full Responsibility

3. Develop and Demonstrate Loyalty

4. Learn to be a Great Communicator

5. Discipline Yourself so No One Else Has To

6. Make Hard Work Your Passion

7. Don't Just Work Hard, Work Smart

8. Put the Team Before Yourself

9. Make Winning and Attitude

10. Be a Competitor

11. Change is a Must

12. Handle Success Like You Handle Failure

September 23, 2021

The donkey told the tiger, "The grass is blue."

The tiger replied, "No, the grass is green."

The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion.

As they approached the lion on his throne, the donkey started screaming: "Your Highness, isn't it true that the grass is blue?"

The lion replied: "If you believe it is true, the grass is blue."

The donkey rushed forward and continued: "The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him."

The king then declared: "The tiger will be punished with 3 days of silence."

The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating: "The grass is blue..."

The tiger asked the lion, "Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?"

The lion replied, "You know and have seen that the grass is green."

The tiger said, "Yes, so why do you punish me?"

The Lion replied, "That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is degrading for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with an ass, and on top of that, you came and bothered me with that question just to validate something you already knew was true!"

The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn't care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren't.

When IGNORANCE SCREAMS, intelligence moves on!

September 8, 2021

"When you become lazy it's disrespectful to those who believe in you." - Unknown

August 17, 2021

"Training is practicing scenario's that will occur often in the game, the objective is the solution, not the skill that creates the solutions. This is why the need to create repetition of the scenario is important. You can't become great at something if it is not something you do often" Johan Cruyff

July 8, 2021

Being part of a team is being part of something you can't be by yourself. Dd

June 17, 2021

Youth Soccer Coaches: Question / Thought. What do you think about the idea of youth soccer tournaments, including the large ones like Surf Cup and such, no longer allowing teams to use guest players as part of their playing roster for an event? It seems that this would increase the overall fun and even the general competitiveness of these events by leveling the playing field, do to speak, for a larger group of competitors (kids/teams). Of course, this kind of change would also ask coaches to develop their own players and build teams through training rather than build teams through recruitment for a particular competition. Kind of dance with who you have concept. Most importantly this kind of change may help those truly talented and hard working coaches that continue to teach the most important aspects of youth athletics such as loyalty, pride, integrity, hard work and the concept of working to achieve team type goals to better do so. Just a thought... Dd    

June 9, 2021

It must be overwhelming and exhausting to be the parent of an aspiring youth athlete these days. The continual search for a better team, a better coach, a better "fit". The constant effort to keep up the Jones. I always felt like the most important thing about opportunity is to recognize it when it's staring you right in the face. Sometimes it may be that simple. As Dorothy Gale from Kansas once said, "there's no place like home". Just a thought... Dd

June 4, 2021

Working in the trenches has it's rewards. Hits to the ego aside. Not to many immediate thank you(s) these days. Cherish the few you get and wish the others all the best. Loyalty Trust Accountability Forthrightness Dd‚Äč

May 20, 2021

Reformed Sports Project: Bouncing kids from one travel team to another, or parents starting their own team so they can control where and how much their kid plays all the time is one of the worst things wrong with youth sports today. How about encouraging kids to COMPETE and EARN their spot? #LIFELESSONS

de Hart: One of youth sports greatest values are the lessons learned for adult life successes. Ups and downs! Just a thought... Dd

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