Each year of coaching brings new student-athletes and new challenges. This year was no different. At the beginning of the season, coach and I talked about all the rebuilding that would have to occur this year, which was a realistic thought especially after losing four starters and three outstanding athletes. However, with that being said, I have had the funnest year of coaching in my ten years.
I know that I have taught you some aspect of volleyball that has impacted your play or knowledge of the game, however I want you to know what I have learned from you girls.
1. Good things take time...we all need to be patient...success does not come overnight, however it can develop throughout the season. Psalm 27:14 states, “Wait for the Lord; be courageous and let your heart be strong. Wait for the Lord.” You girls have been tested over and over, and you have surpassed my expectations...you have been patient and have learned that good things do take time.
2. Playing for your teammates surpasses all individualism. I know you have heard many times, there is no “I” in Team or “play for someone else, take the focus off of yourself.” You girls have definitely displayed what it takes to play as a team. It takes mutual trust amongst teammates to reach the common goal. When players rely on each other, there is a different level of team chemistry that is shown and it is not an easy task. No individual or team will become great without loyalty...you girls are “All for One”...I can definitely see that your teammates are important to you. Your love for your teammates is infinite...it never ends. A team cannot be successful when character is compromised and disloyalty is shown towards teammates...you girls have not compromised your character this year.
3. Playing volleyball is fun….I know there is pressures all around to succeed, to be the best, to win, however you girls have shown that volleyball can be fun. Not only do I appreciate this as a coach, but I appreciate this as a parent. There are many game nights, where my girls say, “Mom, your team is fun to watch.” This is important to me, because I want my daughters to see sports are fun. I wholeheartedly believe that when the focus is on playing for a greater purpose rather than goals set out of selfishness, playing sports is truly fun. This is what makes me smile when I watch you play. Play each point with a purpose, play each point as your “Thank you to God for giving you the gift to play.” Remember He has blessed you with a gift, your return to him is how you use your talents and gift to glorify Him.
4. And finally...you have me “Believing In YOU.” With competitive greatness, each athlete can make themselves better or they can make those around them great...you girls have me believing in you, because you make those around you great. No matter what the outcome is this next week, I want you to play each point with a purpose, play each point for your teammates, but most importantly play each point to glorify Him. I believe in you, the question is…”Do You Believe?”
You are a group of amazingly talented girls, thank you for letting me experience this season with you...and remember with Mustard Seed Like Faith, there Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Keep Mark 9:23 close to your heart, “Anything is possible if a person believes.”