There’s a story that says time and chance happen to us all.
I had a player that was playing less than five minutes a game at the beginning of the season. Everyday he came to practice, eager to get better and eager to learn. He stayed engaged. He worked with me before practice, during practice and after practice. He went as hard as he could trying to get better in every rep. Later in the season, we had a player become ineligible and another one go down with an injury. In one day, this player was burst from playing less than five minutes to playing 15-20 minutes per game. Because this player had the approach to not check out but check in even though he wasn’t playing, he was ready and was able to seize his opportunity.
I had a teammate, earlier in my playing career, that was in a similar situation. He was a back up guard and never thought he was going to get to play. Myself and the rest of his teammates tried to urge him to check in everyday and stay ready but he went in the opposite direction and checked out. When one player went down with an ankle injury and another player picked up his third foul in the first half, he was called to go in but he didn’t know the sets and wasn’t prepared to handle the ball against pressure and he lost his opportunity. He lost his chance to prove to his coach that he was ready to play.
So I urge you, stay ready so you don’t have to get ready. Stay checked in so when your time and chance comes, you’re ready to seize it.
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This is a correspondence between PGC owner Dena Evans and a long-time PGC grad. I was so moved by Dena’s response to this player, which the player’s father shared with me, I decided to ask Dena, and this athlete, for permission to share this correspondence publicly. If you know the heart-ache and disappointment of not reaching your team or individual goals, this is a must-read.
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