This week has been challenging at schools across the nation. I want our students to remember that it is important that we stay positive. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
- Rosa Parks
At school, our girls’ volleyball team began our recent season with a group of 5th – 8th graders who had a wide range of skills. After each game, the other coaches and I would encourage the girls to communicate, over and over.
However, they would get out on the court and play in a manner that I could only describe as “polite”. They would defer, or allow their teammates to get the ball, which often resulted in two girls looking at the ball hit the ground without moving. Our students and team captains soon took more ownership of the team and our athletes began to improve every single week.
This improvement was all centered in one single three-word phrase: “I got it!” After losing three of our first four games, we spent an entire practice doing one specific drill, tossing the ball in the air and making the girls shout “I got it,” over and over again.
Our volleyball team only got better when our girls finally accepted the fact that they had to shout, “I got it!” as loudly as possible. Once each player realized that they needed to “demand” and “own” their space on the court, we only lost one game for the remainder of the season and made the playoffs.
That practice was an enlightening and empowering moment for all, because so many young people aren’t always encouraged to recognize their tremendous talent and ability and OWN it! It took a team effort and the students motivating each other to reshape their inner belief and translate that to wins.
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