Hello Super Fans and Parents of Orono Team One,
Thank you to those that have turned in the "White Envelopes" I am hoping for more tomorrow. Also before tomorrow, could you share these personal thoughts to your athlete from Coach Tex.
To the wonderful players of Team One - 5th Grade Orono Football.
Well, last night was an example of GIANTS in our lives. Life can be full of Giants or Challenges in the classroom, in school, in life and last night on the football field.
But what did you learn from last night? How will you deal with the next Giant on Saturday morning?
No doubt many of you may be sore from last night, but this is an example of how facing challenges is never easy. Physically, be sure to stretch tonight and mentally, be sure to focus on what went right and how to improve those things that were not so right. Such things as our blocking assignments, our level of readiness, being able to watch the ball and our ability to tackle.
In my opinion, the other team was faster, stronger, bigger and more physical than us, despite all that we were able to work together and score a touchdown and have our own personal victories. At times during the game we came together as a team, but at other times, we let Minnetonka take away our team unity by the way they played against us.
We are less than 24 hours away from our next game and need to put our past behind us and to come to our next game with POSITIVE Attitudes and full of the possibility of GREAT THINGS yet to be.
By tomorrow, we need to rise above defeat on the field, put pain and discomfort aside and come together as a new team, with new goals and new energy.
We didin't win on the scoreboard but I saw the game as a collection of small victories that are not measured in wins or losses.
I saw one or more of our athletes flatten their opponent more than two times in a row.
I saw one or more of our athletes refuse to stop running the ball until their were no more options.
I saw one or more of our athletes get stopped but gave an extra effort to gain more yards.
I saw one or more of our athletes get flattened, but still got up and later was part of the tackle in the same play.
I saw one or more of our athletes race from the opposite end of the field to help stop a play.
I saw one or more of our athletes fall down in pain and get up and continue to play the game.
I saw our athletes at times come together to gain yards on offense.
I saw ALL of our athletes at one time or another make an extra personal effort to make a block that was needed or fight off a block to stop Minnetonka the best that they could.
I saw our team score a touch down.
As a team we did not win, but as a individuals we were all victorious.
Now we need to take those small victories and mesh them together.
We need to be more consistent in our play, always driving forward, always fighting hard and always doing our best.
To be successful we need to have continuous personal victories and not just random victories like we had last night.
We need to take our strengths and never stop trying, we must refuse to let any team affect our attitude, our effort or our Spirits.
We must come to the next game ready to do our best and we must carry on with a new energy to play better, work harder, and never give up or in.
"Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat."
"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent."
Believe we can get better, believe that we can be victorious, believe that if we truly work together the more successful we can be, believe that your teammates will do their best, believe in your coaches to make the correct decisions and believe in your yourself to be the best you can be against Wayzata tomorrow.
I challenge you to find a motivational quote about life and/or sports, write it on a piece of paper and bring it to Coach Ostvig when you arrive to the game. If we all do this, we should have 19 quotes.
Have a great evening tonight, do something fun, go to bed early, get up early, eat a Champion style breakfast and see you tomorrow ready to write a new chapter in our book of Team One - Orono 5th Grade Football 2010.
I am planning on seeing a great game, lots of personal victories and a team that is ready to work together, and ready to block, tackle and never give in or give up.
"Stay Strong" - Coach Tex