By Braddah Lance
As an aging athlete, I've been playing sports all my life - from the time I could run, you could say that I haven't stopped running. I've been a player on both winning and losing teams - mostly losing as a youth - in almost every imaginable sport there is. I've won and lost championships - mostly as an adult and as a coach, the story is the same... but different.
If you haven't heard by now, there was a blowout in Texas.
No, Texas didn't lose to Texas Tech again but in a small religious Class 2A District 3 high school girls basketball league game on Jan.13, The Covenant School defeated - demolished, humiliated, *insert your own adjective after reading* - Dallas Academy............... 100 - 0.
No typo there. Das' right - ONE HUNDRED to ZERO.
WASSSAP WIT DAT!
There's just so many things wrong with this story that I don't even know where to begin.
Could it be the most obvious one, the score? The Covenant was already up 59-0 at the half. Could it be that the parents and coaches were "encouraging" the run up in their effort to reach 100? Could it be that The Covenant was still pressuring the Academy, stealing the ball and performing lay-up drills every single chance they got even with the game waaaaaay in hand? Could it be that the coach has no remorse and refused to apologize for the game?
For one thing, as a coach in any sport, you prepare your team against an opponents weakness'. The Convenant should have already realized that they had the game "in hand" by the opening minutes considering they play against each other in the same district. If you saw the video of the the Academy's practice (link above), you would have recognized that too without even being a coach. Did I mention that The Covenant has a "star player" showing her skills featured on YouTube? (I'm sure anklebiters can find it. )
Dallas Academy didn't hide their disadvantages considering they only have eight girls on team from the total enrollment of 20 in its high school. The haven't won a single game in the last four seasons and they boast of its specialization in teaching students struggling with "learning differences", such as short attention spans or dyslexia.
It's a shame that all this happened. Where's the humility? Where's the repsect? Where's the sportsmanship?
Even in my basketball league, if by chance our team is up by a good margin, we don't pressure the other team. We play a "soft zone" allowing them to take shots but at the same time making them earn their points. In my softball league we run bases at three-quarter speed allowing the other team to throw us out (although my full speed is about everybody else's three-quarter speed ) if we've got a good lead.
And as a coach, I hold my players to singles, no base stealing, no taking a base on errant throws - I tell them to still play hard and show respect even more so. In one game a player once asked how come we're not stealing bases any more. I simply asked him, "why do we need to?". He couldn't answer. I then asked him to remember a game - any game - he's played in where it seemed like the other team was "mean" and not letting up making him and his team feel like crap.... then I told him to look at the other team's faces and see if those faces looked familiar.
As a young player you're taught to do things but for no reason why other than to help your team win. I believe a good coach in all it's glory, can/should still coach humility and respect.
The Covnenat and Dallas Academy did teach us something... that even in a gym full of God-fearing people, God can't enter the game.