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When the Game Stands Tall

Sometimes you catch a preview of a movie and put it on your must watch list.  Unfortunately, a busy schedule, distractions and time constraints cause you to forget.  After a sleepless night, channel surfing led me to watch the last half of this film.  If there was an alternate title it would be When the Game Stands Tall despite Selfish Parents Who Try to Live Their Lives through Their Children.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways, 1 Corinthians 13:11.

Depending upon what sports you follow or play, each teach important life lessons.  Subsequently, the overriding theme within When the Game Stands Tall focuses on how a football coach can mold boys into men.  Sometimes, one of the major obstacles to completing this maturation is self seeking parents who focus on individual stats instead of embracing a team concept.  When the team is put first, the game stands tall.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, Romans 5:3-4.

As a coach in youth, junior high and high school for nearly 20 years, parents are either extremely helpful or your worst critic.  Looking back from the field into the stands, sometimes I feel like parents care more about winning than their children.  In certain cases, parents force their kids to play so that they have something to do and watch.  Thus, its essential for all coaches to focus on the big picture, developing players and teach players its not if you win or lose, but how you play the game.

by Jay Mankus



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