SOCCER & LIFEA REFLECTION FROM THE 2012 SEASON By: Coach Lamber
What I learned this season: • Everyone has potential to be a good soccer player if they so want to be! • Determination must be pursued with heart and passion! • Jamie Tomcho should have wore shin guards! • That soccer and most sports teach you valuable lessons about life.
SOCCER & LIFE LESSONS DEFINITION?• Lessons that we learned in soccer in which can be applied in life to become an aspiring individual in society. These lessons will help you through the thick and thin and love life to the fullest. Lessons that will help you stay happy and feel alive rather than just exist!• Life is such a precious gift, and to not strive daily to live your best self is dangerous.
LESSON # 1 -- WE NEED TEAMMATES• You cant do it alone. You cant win a game alone. Theres 11 people on the field. You are a brotherhood and need to support one another. Just like life, you need good parents, mentors, teachers, coaches, etc to help you win in life. These individuals help support you in all you do in life. Theyre here to be a listening ear or body to hug. We need each other.
LESSON # 2 – YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD• Champions aren’t born out of minimal effort. The best players that teams want aren’t ones whom lack work ethic. The best players in the world work hard around the clock. They practice through and through until they perfect a skill. Like life, we must work hard. If you want to aspire and be something great in this life, you have to work hard every single day. Hard work ALWAYS pays off. Always. Maybe not in the time you want it (and usually when you least expect it,) but it will pay off.
LESSON # 3 – COMMUNICATION COUNTS• Verbal communication leads to some of the best plays ever made on a field. Half our goals scored this year was by someone calling for a pass. We have to communicate with one another at all times on the field. Same goes for life. You must communicate and talk with one another. Stay in touch and don’t disappear until next Fall season returns! Keep in contact. Hangout. Text/Call one another just to see how they’re doing. (bonus: The more you stick tight, the higher the team chemistry next season!)
LESSON # 4 – WE HAVE TO BE PASSIONATE!• If you arent giving it 110% then youre going to regret it. To give anything less in a game could lead to a loss. To give anything less in life, leads to "dogging" it and frustrations. And worst of all, it leads to you not becoming your maximum potential as a player and person in life. We must be passionate in everything we do. Always put your entire being into everything you do like it’s the last day you can do it. Put your heart into it.
LESSON # 5 – WE HAVE TO TAKE RISKS• Are you going to play a safe, short pass? Or are you going to risk a long ball for a potential breakaway and goal? You cant always sit in your comfort zone. You WILL have to step out of it to take (healthy) risks for prosperous outcomes. And if it doesnt work, its not a failure, just a teaching moment to better ourselves for the next time. No matter what, well always come out stronger and smarter if we so choose. Take a risk.
LESSON # 6 – WE MUST HAVE SOME FUN• You cant be dead serious all the time. Where is the laughter and joy in only focusing on winning? You have to get out there and have fun with one another to laugh and enjoy it. Likewise, life requires abundant amounts of joy and laughter. Sometimes, its those small moments on the field or in life, that lead to the largest memories you hold forever! Have fun.
LESSON # 7 – BE A GOOD SPORT• If someone pushes you down, you just stand back up and keep going. If you accidently knock someone over on a play, you help them back up. If you get cocky in life, you will fail. You must be a good sport and care about others. The game doesnt revolve around you, you revolve around the game. Just like in life. Life isnt all about you you you. Its about you in life. Be a good coworker, student, and human being. Be a good sport.
LESSON # 8 – MISTAKES HAPPEN. SHAKE IT OFF!• Although Spain won the world cup in 2010, they made many mistakes during the game. However, they shook it off and kept playing hard. You guys make mistakes in the field, shake it off, fix it, and move on! We all make mistakes in life. The greatest mistake you can make is to make no mistakes. They help you to endure. They help you to improve and grow. Strive to make as little as possible, but when it happens, just shake it off! You WILL learn from them. Trust me, we’re far from perfect.
LESSON # 9 – BE AN EXAMPLE• When you’re on the field, you represent Corry soccer. You represent your coaches, families, friends, teammates, etc. Be an example of all the things I talked about throughout season and in this PowerPoint. Likewise in life, you must be an example of goodness. Don’t conform to the ways of society, be an outlier! Be you, through and through. Be a person of 150% integrity. Do the right thing, ALWAYS. Be a helpful, loving person. Do NOT judge anyone, we all have our demons and struggles. In all situations, be an example that reflects your duty to be a better person. For your family. For your friends. For your coaches. And most important, for yourself.
LESSON # 10 – ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING• If you dont have a positive, enthusiastic, great attitude about the match, then you already lost. Quit hanging your head just because the other team scored a goal. You cant always stop 100% of the shots taken against you. Likewise life, as you get older, youll understand many times, things dont go your way. And thats okay! But whats your attitude? Everything good comes out of bad. When something doesnt go your way, then it was meant to be like that. You learn from it, have faith, and keep working hard. Have a positive attitude.
FINAL LESSON – BE THANKFUL AND HUMBLED• You aren’t given this sporting program as a right; Quite the opposite, actually. It’s an absolute privilege, blessing, and gift that we get to play. Be thankful with all your heart for that. And playing it doesn’t make you better than anyone. The exact same goes for life, it’s an incredible gift. You have been blessed beyond measure to have the gift of life. Be incredibly thankful to wake up and be alive each and every day. Don’t ever forget that. Smile and shine on, gentlemen.