DISCIPLINE, MENTAL TOUGHNESS, PREPARATION…
It has been my experience that these three things are paramount to having a successful season. Not just on the football field, but off of it as well. That tenacity has to be part of one’s life. As parents, students, employees, entrepreneurs and followers of Christ we need to be an example of these things.
The Lord placed the following scripture on my heart prior to this season. It will be how we direct the players this year.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
On Tuesday of this week we begin that training, and although we will be playing football for a perishable trophy, the Crusaders approach each season with the goal of helping these boys and girls understand how to receive the imperishable one. We do not just want to see what type of players and cheerleaders they will be during the season, but what kind of men or women will they grow up to be after this season and as they come into their own.
These spring workouts are vital to having a fruitful season. They will lay the foundation for what is to come in the fall. One of the things that we stress to the kids is that…
“Football games are not won on game day, they are won days and weeks before on the practice field!”
If we would like our kids to have more fun and enjoy game days, then we should prepare now! We look forward to seeing you on the practice field.
Coach White and the Crusaders Coaching Staff