A negative outcome served as a positive learning experience for the Salmon Arm Pee Wee Colts.
On Sunday, Sept. 15, the Colts wound up on the losing end of a 28-6 decision for the Kelowna Lions.
Head coach Jerrit Lindgren says the game served as a good eye opener for the team, that games aren’t won with a few fast or strong players, that everyone needs to bring everything they can to the field.
“I’m a firm believer that in order to succeed we need to fail first,” says Lindgren. “I’m not unhappy with the loss that we had against Kelowna,” he said, pointing out the coaches don’t believe players gave 100 per cent of their effort, leaving lots of room for improvement. “I think that this kind of loss is crucial to building a successful football team.”
After the game, when going over prior practices, all of the players could see what went wrong, says Lindgren.
He said that before every game, coaches ask players to “leave it all on the field.”
“What this means, is you should be putting every shred of effort into every single play. By the time the game is done you need to feel proud that you gave it your best effort.”
Lindgren says coaches could tell by the look on the players’ faces that they didn’t feel a sense of pride about the game.
“We took the positive out of the situation and discussed as a team the things that we need to work on for this week of practice.”
From Sunday’s loss, Lindgren says the team went into the following week’s practices fully recharged and motivated to work harder than before.
“In football, every obstacle or loss the team endures only makes us stronger,” adds Lindgren.
The Colts currently consist of 19 players, and Lindgren encourages parents with a son or daughter who might be interested in becoming the next addition to stop by one of the team’s practices, held at the Field of Dreams Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Registration information can be found at www.shuswapfootball.com.