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Preparation vs. Readiness

I once visited some friends in San Francisco who had copied our idea of renting an extravagant house and splitting the cost between the pickup artists who lived there. We called ours Project Hollywood, they called theirs Project San Francisco.

We sat around their living room, bonding over stories of the perks and follies of communal living. Chores were a sore subject. Our house was always messy-- so messy that maids usually quit after cleaning up after us once. Their house was clean. How did they do it?

"Our goal is to keep our place at a nine out of ten in cleanliness."

Making excuses for losing games

On The Ball Coach

My coed Futsal team wrapped up the winter session on Saturday with a 1-5 loss. We went the entire session without winning a game, 0-6-1 was our record. Not many people like to lose, and I consider myself a gracious loser, always respecting the opponent. Having said that, a win-less season is very difficult to accept.

The coed team I put together was a combination of my son's eight year old and my daughter's nine year old teams. Both teams finished in the top half of their divisions this fall. All of the players are pretty good for their age, some better than average. So I wouldn't claim we were out talented.

It was our first foray into indoor Futsal and none of the kids have had any experience with the heavier, low bounce ball, on the smaller, compact field. I think the fast pace of the game also surprised them and me.

It was seemed like every team in our division had played before. They were quicker to respond to the action. They dribbled less and passed more, some actually executed set plays. They shot on goal at every opportunity. More than once I overheard coaches say after the game, "See you at practice."

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