The sacrifices you have made during this crisis of COVID-19 do not go unnoticed by your coaches, teammates and parents. It truly is a disappointment for all involved to end your seasons prematurely, and not have the opportunity to compete in playoffs or provincials.
Acknowledge that these sacrifices are significant, the situation is out of your control, you trained extremely hard, and you were prepared for big games.
We all need to take a moment to draw on crucial lessons we have learned through sports: to have a positive growth mindset and become leaders on and off the ice.
During the course of the season athletes are asked to come together, work as a team, support one another, and be positive leaders. We are now being asked through these extraordinary times to come together and support one another as a community, a province, and a country.
As coaches and parents I believe its crucial to acknowledge that athletes will be disappointed, as they should be, they have worked extremely hard to get to the critical “finish line” of their season. It is our job to help these athletes understand that it’s not fair, along with assisting them to shift their focus on what they can control.
In sports we are taught to overcome whatever obstacles are thrown our way, and I believe this is a good teaching opportunity to emphasize that we want to be athletes for life, along with responsible individuals who care for their community.
While we are in this crisis lets focus on what we can control as athletes, such as:
I am a strong believer that sports are a way to develop better athletes, but more importantly better people through character development. During this uncertain time, you are not alone, we are thinking of you. Know that when you are not hanging out with your friends and teammates right now, you should be proud of yourself. You are helping fight the battle as a bigger part of a team.
Take Care and reach out if you need support in any way,