|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 579|
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"LOOK AT ME" IS NOT A GOOD LOOK.
John Wooden Video Clip (2 min. 17 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Tell us how you went about preparing for UCLA practices?"
John Wooden was clear about his feelings on showmanship: "I detest showmanship. I didn't permit showmanship and I don't like it at all." In his book Wooden on Leadership, with Steve Jamison, Coach expounded on this topic:
"No one player should take credit for the effort of all the others. That is the primary reason I strongly discouraged individuality—showboating or flamboyance—in the context of team play. Showing off or doing something contrived to gain attention for oneself not only demeans that individual, it is dismissive of the effort made by all of the other team members. A player who is thumping his chest after he makes a basket is acknowledging the wrong person."
If you played for John Wooden you were required to acknowledge your teammate for a good pass with a quick point or nod. If you demonstrated showmanship, you came out of the game.
I find it disconcerting to see more and more professional and college basketball players display three fingers after they make a three-point shot. My primary concern is that now high school and grammar school players are doing the same thing.
We should be setting an example of teamwork not more of "look at me"! We are building the leaders of tomorrow. "Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own" is a better leadership philosophy than Hey, look at what I just did.
The need to be looked at and needing the approval of others is not good for a youngster’s (or anybody’s) mental health and social media used improperly does not help.
We have too many youngsters already basing their happiness on how many "likes" they get. As coaches we should do more than nothing about the ever-increasing amount of showmanship.
Sports are supposed to develop character.
What will you do?
Yours in Coaching,
The Temple – What Makes It Of Worth
You may delve down to rock for your foundation piers,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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