Monday, October 12, 2009

No Need to Panic

Our trip to Mercer and Kennesaw State resulted in 1 point. Even though Kennesaw State passed us in the standings, and they have an easier road than we do, we still have the potential to finish with more points than them. They have 2 losses, and we have 1 loss. If we both win the rest of our games, we will finish ahead of them. I don’t know if it is realistic for me to think we will win out, but I know it is possible.

I don’t worry about that stuff with the team. We will prepare for one game at a time, and concentrate on correcting our mistakes that were obvious last weekend.

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of October. It is hard to believe we have 4 regular season games left. It is hard to believe that Sunday is Senior Day. It is especially hard to believe the amount of rain we have had this fall.

Of course, we have anywhere from 60%-80% chance of rain on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week – the days we practice and improve as a team. Because of rain, we have barely practiced since September 15th. The only week we got to train on consecutive days was the week of September 28th. We are too young, and we do not have enough experience together to not practice on a daily basis. We have no choice. There is standing water on the field, so we run in the gym or on the road, workout in the weight room, analyze video, or have chalk talks. The team is not fit. The team should be so much better than we are. It is very frustrating. So far, we have overcome this obstacle, but I don’t know if we can keep winning without training when the games get more competitive and the stakes are higher.

Also, the weather has been much cooler than normal. We are expecting highs in the 50’s when we host Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson this weekend. Maybe that will work to our advantage. Then, we will have to hope for a cold front in Jacksonville, Florida the next weekend when we go there to play JU and UNF. Otherwise, their low temperature could be higher than our high temperature.

Yes, our road to the tournament is difficult and full of turns and speed bumps. I will do my best to make sure we are competitive enough, prepared enough, and mentally tough enough to be successful no matter the circumstances.

By the way, the Kennesaw State coaches were telling me how their field is suffering from all the rain and some flooding in their area. Their field was beautiful.

I hope to see you at the games this weekend - rain or shine.

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