Scoreboard or Game Plan?

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“Most people get excited about games,  but I have to be excited about practice because that’s my classroom.”

–     Pat Summit ( 1952 – 2016), winning coach in 1,098 college basketball games, 84.1% of those she coached

So, when you win 84% of your games, and you’re more excited about practice than the games — is there a lesson there?

Absolutely.

We can’t coach based on the scoreboard.  The scoreboard records what has already happened.  The scoreboard is a record of what we have done, not an indicator of what we will do.

Practice is where the difference-makers focus.  Muhammad Ali said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

Our habits, our process gets built before the lights come up.  Before there are witnesses or scoreboards.

If our focus is on the scoreboard at the expense of the game plan and the practices before the lights go on, we’ll win some and we’ll lose some.  When we focus on the game plan, and we practice, repeatedly, relentlessly, we’ll win a lot, and we’ll understand why when we lose.  So, as Coach Summit says, we need to be excited about practice, and we need to hire people who are, as well.

 

 


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