Being the coach of team ASC is a daunting task. Undoubtedly, it is an absolute privilege and honor to coach a team filled with talent and passion. However, having the pressure of coaching this group of individuals to come together as a team is a challenging task. Despite the challenges, it is a blessing that maturity runs in the team.
We were up against YG EAGLES for our second match of the 2014 season. Preparations for the game were complete and the team was confident of winning. With confidence running high after the win in the previous match, we were looking to ride the wave onto this game. However, team ASC faced one of its biggest challenges as a team in this very match. The team was not in sync and we were playing the worst game of the season yet. Well into the 2nd quarter and score read 9 – 5 with team ASC holding onto a 4 point lead.
Confidence was low and I could see in their faces that the team had lost direction of the game. We were unsure in our plays and open shots were given up for fear of missing. Our individual talent got us through the game as we collected ourselves in the 2nd half. However, the team needed encouragement and reminding of why they were called “Team ASC” in the first place.
As we sat down for a debrief, I told them that this match allowed us to realize our inadequacies and weaknesses. It allowed us to reflect upon the game and look at ourselves to see where and what could be improved. This included myself as the team coach, I realized that I had made the team play in a manner that was not their most comfortable form. I made the decision to revert to our old system and forgo our experimentations of other systems and plays. Even as I went thru the game and encouraged the players, it could be seen that they had hit an all time low in morale. Something had to be done.
Through the week after the game, I kept thinking of possible ways to improve team morale. I looked at our team identity and sought to bring that up and remind the team of our own abilities. We were a defensive minded team with offense mainly running off shots and fast breaks. With only a solid defense there was no way we could win if shots weren’t taken and the team was fearful of taking shots. I needed to find a way to make them believe in their shots again.
Maybe it was a sign and maybe it was fate, I stumbled upon an article on Facebook posted by a friend of quotes from Michael Jordan. I saw one which he said,
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
― Michael Jordan
The quote was perfect! It reminded the team of how failure leads to success and at the same time encouraged them to take shots, chances. I posted the quote onto the team whatsapp chat and the response was great. The team encouraged one another and it could be felt that our confidence was back again. Now, the team was looking forward to the next game with confidence once more. Against Kairos for the 3rd game, we played like a team with confidence and with flow that showed the quality of the team. We were back.
In this team, what we coach and teach is not just basketball, we also seek to impart life lessons. Just like basketball, we “don’t stop shooting’. Whether it is for our dreams or for our beliefs, we continue to try and take chances to get us closer to the goal. It is a never ending chase and taking of chances and trying. It is relentless.
Sharing by: Sam Lim from ASC
Posted on Mon, August 11, 2014
by Sam Lim