I want you to picture this: It was an oddly chilly day in April, I watching my daughter’s 10U Top Hat team at soccer practice. Besides being chilly, I suppose it was not any different than her usual after school practice. But, on this day, a few of these girls were unknowingly putting on a clinic in life lessons.
Coach explained the drill to be performed, but today was different, if you make a mistake, YOU put yourself on the line and do one suicide drill. I watched intently as some girls made a mistake, didn’t say a word, took ownership of their mistake, put themselves on the line, and paid the piper. Of course, there were some girls that made a mistake, looked around, and just went back to the drill. The girls that took ownership of their mistake, put themselves on the line…they got me fired up!
2. Touch the line and/or don’t cut corners – Self Discipline
Suicide drills are repetitive sprints between various lines on a soccer field, basketball court, rugby pitch. Typically done for cardiovascular & agility benefits, I think there is more to the drill. Do you touch the line? Do you touch the line each time? Do you only touch the line when the Coach (or a teammate) is watching? Touching the line is self-discipline.
These girls at a random chilly soccer practice dealing out quiet life lessons, taking ownership of their mistakes, being self-disciplined to touch the line every single time.