Lots of mistakes. Are they sleeping out there? Mental misqueues.
We’ve learned to not quiz our daughter after a loss, but it bugged me all night. What the heck happened on that court?
I don’t think the coach even knows how to answer that question. If he’s anything like my husband-coach, he will watch film or study stats, but even then the answers can still be illusive.
As parents and coaches, there are times when we probably should just quit our anal-izing and chalk games like that up to adolescent unpredictability. Didn’t I read somewhere that a teenager’s brain is not fully developed yet?
Before my head hit the pillow and before I let the troubling loss rob me of sleep, the words of an old song by the Shirelles strangely came to mind: Mama said there’ll be days like this, there’ll be days like this, Mama said.
Coaches and parents just need to know that in every sports season, we can count on the fact that there’ll be games like this–no reason, no clear explanation–where we wonder, where’s the team that won last Thursday’s game?
Teenagers have an uncanny ability to forget. As annoying as that sometimes seems, this is one instance where it is a good thing. The best thing to do when they have games like that, is to join them in their forgetfulness and move on to a new day.