SCVA 15s Division 1 Mandatory 2 – Coach Yoda Notes

Luke: “I can’t believe it.” Yoda: “Always with you it can not be done. That is why you fail. Do. Or do not. There is no try. Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

What would Yoda of you have to say?

“Ready are you? What know you of ready? I’ve trained Jedi. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”

So when Tstreet 15-Chris played San Gabriel Elite 15-Roshambo, and when TCA 15-Black faced Coast VBC Mizuno 15-1 Luis in semis Sunday in Poway were the outcomes predetermined because teams looked to the future and predetermined they’d lost? With minds squarely on where they were and what they were doing would they have fared better? Are you, like Luke, pre-judging the other team by their size and reputation unwilling to BELIEVE in your ability to SUCCEED? This is why Luke failed in the cave. This is why Yoda admonished, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Size didn’t matter. Physicality didn’t matter. Reputation didn’t matter. Will matters. Belief matters. The FORCE is the FORCE. Make it work for you. Luke had not unlearned all that he had previously learned. Do you perceive others your betters? And by this difference of will alone are separated the top SCVA Division 1 15s teams. Relax. It’s all part of the journey. You can fix it.

Learn to play poker. The team that won had the fewest “tells.” What’s a “tell?” A “tell” is body language, a twitch, a movement, an “aw shucks” swing of an arm, a look of disappointment, a roll of the eyes, a glance to a team mate that says “defeat” that tells an opponent you know you are gonna lose. You’ve lost you ATTITUDE. And ATTITUDE determines ALTITUDE. Consequently THEY play with greater enthusiasm, you play with greater lethargy (less enthusiasm and energy) and the future becomes what you thought it was going to be. Being tired is no excuse. They are tired too. Just as many of them train for performance enhancement, speed, strength, stamina and endurance as well as injury prevention as do you. The good news? You can choose to change this. Stop sending messages with body language. It’s like a Time Warner Cable commercial. Here’s the script. “When you think you’re gonna lose you send signals. When you send signals the other team receives signals. When the other team receives signals they act. When they act they talk trash. When they talk trash you miss the block. When you miss the block they do it again. When they do it again you send more signals. Stop sending the other team signals. Get Time Warner Cable.” (Know what I mean? 🙂

In the final matches at Poway TCA 15-Black faced Coast VBC Mizuno 15-1 Luis, San Gabriel Elite 15-Roshambo came gunning for Tstreet 15-Chris in the showdown at the OK Corral. All were qualified to win, place or show. In semis Tstreet 15-Chris fell to San Gabriel Elite 15-Roshambo 25-19; TCA fell to Coast. In the final Coast VBC Mizuno 15-1 Luis defeated San Gabriel Elite 15-Roshambo 25-18.

An important lesson on the eve of the 2014 Southern California Junior National Qualifier. The choice is to change. New gunslingers are coming to town and they want to earn YOUR bid!


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