Ugh… I can’t stand it.
I mean there are all sorts of great articles and videos sprinkled across the Internet nowadays, so that’s not my real complaint. What I can’t handle is the way some so-called do-gooders go about twisting good hockey advice to their own (distorted?) benefit.
— Dennis Chighisola
Twisting Good Hockey Advice
Now, I’d say there is a lot to be learned from a video most of us have seen shared around the Web. You know the one: “Body Language Matters”, by the long time head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, Geno Auriemma.
Do I have a problem with Coach Auriemma? Naw; he’s paid his dues — in spades — and has earned the right to have his coaching philosophy heard. Before going on any further, though, let’s view his short speech, just as a refresher…
Anyone have a problem with the coach’s stance? Darn, but I surely don’t. So, where’s my gripe? Hmmmmmm…
As the title of my piece suggests, some others believe they deserve the right to be twisting good hockey advice for their own warped agenda.
There are a ton of good speeches to be found on YouTube.com, many of them offered by equally successful college coaches, pro coaches or managers, and Olympic coaches.
What inevitably happens, however, is that someone decides to grab one of those speeches, and then mangles it to suit their own purpose. In other words, they go about twisting good hockey advice until it means far differently than its main intent.
As it so happens, Kelly Wallace works for one of my least favorite news outlets, CNN (if we can call that a “news” outlet at all). She’s actually the one who got me flying on this topic.
“In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes” Wallace goes about interpreting that speech to fit her own (and CNN’s?) Liberal needs.
As she says in her own article, “I put that question to some prominent voices in the sports world and to my Facebook community. The response was quick and universal: There is too much of a ‘me’ culture in youth sports, too much involvement by parents, too many coaches concerned only with winning and too little focus on just playing the game.”
Ya, that sounds like both Wallace and CNN, while I don’t recall Coach Auriemma using many of the complaints her friends did.
The difference I see — between the great coaches and the wannabe reporters — is like night and day, or maybe more like positive versus negative. Great coaches don’t talk in terms of a “me” culture, too much parent involvement, coaches being overly concerned with winning, and talk too much about “fun”. Oh, but those who would like to really tear down our game talk exactly in those terms. Grrrrrr…
I highly recommend that members read Ms Wallace’s article, and just for yourself whether she’s twisting good hockey advice just a bit. I’d also suggest that those who really love our game do their best to frame thing more towards the positive.