File Under: Always Change A Losing Game, Never Change a Winning Game

File Under: Always Change A Losing Game, Never Change a Winning Game

I received this message in the not so distant past. Some of the words and events have been dramatized for privacy reasons!

"Coach, I have watched you work with your amazing athletes at every level but I saw something in this tournament out of sight of the public. You were pacing back and forth like a caged lion and finally got your athlete to call a time out. They had lost the first game and were down 8-1 in the second and you seemed mad and you were chewing your athlete out. That turned the entire match around and your athlete won. What did you say to them?

Signed Montana Mike

Dear Mike,

I was not mad and I did not chew the athlete out. Trust me, this person wanted to win more than me. They have to pay their mortgage with prize money! I simply was begging them to change their shot selection! I had a game plan and they were not following it. I knew the plan was solid but old habits are hard to break. Shot selection develops as a result of poor footwork, mechanics, or playing certain people at your club. I had to change that and once the athlete did-viola! A winner winner Sunday dinner!! Oh, and thanks for noticing my efforts!

Onward and upward,

Coach W