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When I think back on my playing days, my mind automatically goes to the famous song, My Way by Frank Sinatra. I just put a little twist to the line, “Regrets I’ve had a few.” My version goes like this, “Regrets, I’ve so many, but then again, too many to mention.” Well, maybe they are not necessarily regrets but like many people, I wish I could do it all again. I guess I will just put them into the category of “If I only knew then what I know now.” It’s easier to live with that thought than outright regrets, I suppose.
Anyway, the point is the many things I didn’t do spur me to be a better coach. I do not want to see young athletes make the mistakes I made. So, following are the top things that I try to instill into a young player’s development based on my experienced shortcomings.