A Team Without a Coach?

By: Billie Washington

In sports, the concept of coaching is not a radical idea but rather an implied component of any game.  Football teams have football coaches.  Basketball teams have basketball coaches.  Softball teams have softball coaches.  Soccer teams have, well, you get the idea.

But what if, for instance, a basketball team didn’t have a basketball coach?  And they played against a team that did?  Which team would have the advantage going in to the competition?  How would the competition itself play out? 

Perhaps it would go something like this…

The team without a coach runs onto the court for warm-ups.  They skip stretching and jogging and any team warm-up drills and just do what they want to do:  shoot random shots at the basket.

The team with a coach jogs onto the other side of the court.  They stretch, sprint, and as a team shoot lay-ups, jump shots and free throws.  Then guards work together on their dribbling drills while the post players practice catching, turning and shooting under the basket.

Now it’s time to start the game.  The team without a coach has no starting line-up.  So threats are made.  Voices are raised.  Bodies are shoved.  The five strongest guys win the fight to start.  The rest of the players mumble, groan and sit.

The team with a coach announces a starting lineup that includes three guards, a forward and a center.  The rest of the players clap for their starting teammates and sit on the bench.

Tip off.  The team without a coach retrieves the jump ball.  The ball handler starts dribbling.  His teammates run around the court screaming at him to throw the ball.  He ignores them and dribbles to the basket.  He shoots, but the center from the team with a coach blocks the shot and throws it to his point guard. 

The point guard runs down the court with his team and sets up the offensive play.  The team without a coach scrambles to guard the team with a coach.  But three guys choose to guard the center, leaving the point guard and the shooting guard open.

The point guard passes it to the shooting guard.  The shooting guard shoots.  Scores. 

And with no one to lead them, things only get worse for the team without a coach.

Silly, right?  Silly to even think of playing a game without a coach.

A coach leads, guides, instructs, teaches.  A coach develops strategy, order, champions.  A coach works on the game so the players in the game can perform to the best of their ability.

What if you had someone like that working on your life the way a coach works on the game for his team? 

What levels of greatness could you achieve if you had someone to lead you, guide you, instruct you, teach you? 

How successful could you be if you had someone to develop a strategy for you to attain your goals, to establish order in your life, to help make you a champion?

You can’t afford to play with your life the way the team without a coach plays basketball.  Basketball is just a game.  Your life is your legacy.  Find a coach to help you create that legacy now.  Before it’s too late.  And the game’s over.

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