Why do you coach football?

Have you ever really asked yourself this question?

No…really. Why do you coach football?

Why do you give up hours after work, sacrifice time with your family, give your Sundays to the film room? Why do you endure the pain of a loss and barely celebrate a victory? If you can’t answer these questions, you may have lost yourself along the journey. Maybe you just do it because you’ve always done it or because you think you are good at it. But, I know that I am a better coach when I actually remember my mission. So, here are my top 5 reasons that I coach football.

1)I Coach Football because it is FUN!

If this is not your number one reason, I think that you should stay at work and never come to the field. There are plenty of things in life that are hard. There are plenty of things that are stressful. Football is supposed to by fun! If it’s not fun, you should stop. If you have done this for any length of time, you know that kids see through B.S. You can only fake enthusiasm for so long. If you aren’t having fun every day, your kids will not have fun. And, if that is the case, what are we doing? You have to enjoy it!

***Every other reason is a caveat to reason #1.

2) I Coach Football love hanging out with kids

Kids are the best part of my job. They are refreshing. They bring me life. They make me hopeful about the future. I love the look on their faces when they have success. I love being there when they fail.  I love talking them through the process of improvement. I love seeing them after four years of work and dedication. I love when they cry after the last game of the season because they can’t believe its over. Kids are awesome!

3) I Coach Football because I love to compete

Football is the ultimate chess match and I love every part of the competition. I can’t wait to get the film on Saturday, meet with my staff, make a plan, execute the plan for a week, and put it to the test in front of our community on Friday night. I think most of us are on the same page. We can’t play anymore and we miss the competition. Pickup basketball and golf only fill so much of that void. If you love coaching, my guess is that you are ridiculously competitive.

4) I Coach Football because I love to lose

I’ll say that again. I love to lose. Of course, I always want to go 14-0 but I never have and I bet most of you haven’t either. So, if you are still going to coach and you really love coaching football, you need to learn how to relish the losses. Think about it for a second. The only thing that makes all the work worthwhile is that we might lose. If we lose, we know that someone out-planned us, outworked us, out-prepared us, and out-funned us. Losses make us better. Losses make next week’s practice more competitive and more fun! That is why I love to lose. In fact, I will set my schedule up to lose a couple times early in the season. It makes us better. It brings the kids together. It makes my coaches more focused. If you think I am crazy…keep reading

5) I Coach Football because I love to win

More than that, I love watching the kids win. I love to compete and I would compete everyday even if I knew I was going to lose. I enjoy the match and I enjoy the challenge.. Can you beat LeBron 1 on 1 or Tiger (circa 2002) in a round of golf? The answer is no, but If you love to compete, you would still want the chance. I know I would. I would take that chance every day, even though I knew that I was going to lose every day. I love the competition. The result is secondary.

But, remember one of our premises of this site, not all kids think the way you think. They want to win and a lot of them need to win to find ultimate enjoyment. There is nothing more fun then watching your guys dance in the locker room after a game or watching them dog pile at the 50 yard line after winning the championship. When they win, it is so rewarding and so validating!

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