And just like that, the first two months of 2019 are gone. March is here and struggling to bring Spring along with it. The birds sing of Spring’s approach, but the weather still whispers winter. A wintry mix precipitated into a cold, rainy morning, and as always my mental state mirrored it as would an opal. Our first scrimmage is this afternoon at home against Mount St. Joseph’s of Baltimore. It will be our first real test as a team, and I am interested to see how it plays out. I am a firm believer that 95% of games are won and lost before they begin…maybe even 99-100% depending upon whether or not you believe in free will or destiny.
My only hope is that we play hard, play fast, play smart, and play together. If we do those things, it will be a good day. I would love to push the tempo and play as fast as possible, but, it will largely depend on our ability to catch and throw and play efficiently. At the end of the day, it’s just a game in a long career of many games, and I have resolved to remain as calm, and emotionally evenly-keeled as possible this year. Yelling, screaming, and body language are theatrics, and theatrics only in my book. They change very little, and may actually be counterproductive.
I am going to be as enthusiastic, encouraging, and motivating as I possibly can be this season. To me, if I can manage to do that, and the kids get better and have a lot of fun while doing it, then I have done my job and the season has been a success. I’m looking forward to an exciting Spring of lacrosse, and I can’t wait to spend some time in balmy weather with friends and family. Winter has played itself out, and Mother Nature needs to give the people what they want. Give us Spring, and give it to us fast and with full-force. Thanks. Make sure you’re making the most of your time this year. It may be your last. Onwards and upwards. – Taylor R Cook