The primary goal of competition is to win. It is why our players spend hours of their time practicing and working on their game. It is why we, as coaches, provide the athlete with the skills and knowledge needed to reach this goal.  It is why the development of the team concept is stressed as a vital component in the success of our program. Our primary goal in each contest is to win.

However, winning is not our only goal, nor is it the measure of a successful program. Win or lose, building character in each of our players is the ultimate goal of our program because character extends beyond the athletic field and into everyday life.

Please Read IBAC Baseball's Team Goals

Players gain confidence, not just from winning, but from continuing to improve and eventually mastering each skill. Players learn to encourage each other, work together and to be accountable for their behavior on and off the field. Players learn that by performing skills incorrectly, and not giving 100 percent effort all the time it is detrimental, not only to the team but the individual player.

If athletics teaches us nothing else, it teaches us that life is not fair. Umpires calls do not seem to go our way ever, players do not get equal playing time, some players are naturally better athletes than others.

A players response to these situations can either push a team toward success or guarantee its failure. Players learn to overcome adversity by asking themselves hard questions. I can try harder or I can quit. I can complain about my lack of playing time in this game or I can help my teammates by my positive attitude. Players can learn not to give in to adversity or to things that are out of their control.

Most teams will not win a state championship or a national championship, in fact many will not even have a winning record. Every player, no matter what skill level he is at, will make mistakes. It seems that failure is inevitable. It is how you deal with the failure and mistakes that is the question. Will you let that failure effect the next opportunity for you to be successful? Will you give in and drown in your self-pity, or choose to continue to compete. Players that learn to reflect on (not dwell-on) their mistakes and failures, and learn to evaluate the successfulness of each performance (win or lose) will continue to compete at a high level of success.

It is our goal to build our program with a winning and successful tradition. It is also our desire to help our athletes develop qualities that will enable them to achieve success, not only on the athletic field, but in future endeavors as well.

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