Our sport is volleyball. My daughter had the opportunity to play up in a tournament with a new coach. I cannot recall seeing a coach, or assistant coach, go so out of their way to make sure we lost a point when our server stepped on the service line. At first it seemed so odd to me. Isn’t that part of the game? Sometimes a line judge misses that you stepped on the line and you get that point. Sometimes they call a ball in that was out and you don’t get that point. It kind of all evens out in the end, doesn’t it? Well the more I saw this in action, the more I loved and appreciated the positive example they were setting.
Did we earn it?
At the end of the game, I’d like to think that we earned the “W”. Yes, sometimes you will play teams that are not playing well and just give you the game, but that’s not the same as playing a team that earns a point but doesn’t get it.
What are we teaching our players?
What are we teaching our players if it’s win at all cost? Is compromising our values worth the game? We should be teaching our children honesty, integrity, and getting that “W” isn’t the be all and end all. It’s how you play the game. It’s a value my daughter brought back to her team. I am so proud of my athlete when she makes a touch on the ball that ends a play, she immediately steps up and signals a touch, whether the line judge saw it or not. She’s a very black/white, right/wrong kid and it’s bad karma to get a point you didn’t earn. I am proud when she imparts this behavior on to her teammates and they start doing the same. We are, after all, raising not only athletes but adults who should live their lives with integrity.