Now that school is out, our young players will be watching more of their idols on TV. Be prepared to have conversations about the talents and the traits your young players will see on screen.
In the NBA, Lebron James recognised a trophy he hadn’t won yet, the NBA In-Season Tournament, and quickly went about leading the Lakers and adding that one to his collection – what an inspirational competitor!
On the other hand, recent incidents involving athletes like Draymond Green from the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and the Premier League’s Manchester City players, including Erling Haaland, offer us important reminders of the importance of talking about respect on and off the court.
Draymond Green, a seasoned NBA player, is serving an indefinite suspension for his conduct on the court. Draymond is a popular player in a wildly popular team, Golden State Warriors.
Our young players will have seen the incidents that led to Green’s suspension.
While passion fuels our love for the game, it’s crucial to remember that respect is the foundation upon which sporting character is built. At Vultures, we take pride in our commitment to playing our best, but also playing fair, ensuring that every member of our community feels safe, valued, and heard – this includes referees, coaches and opposition players and supporters.
Erling Haaland’s recent interaction with referees highlights the emotional rollercoaster that can come with competitive sports. It’s natural to feel the heat of the moment, but it’s how we channel that energy that defines us. In the picture above, Haaland, Rúben Dias and Mateo Kovacic surround referees.
It’s important to note that the referee in this instance stopped play when he could have paid advantage – a split second decision. It’s also important to note that – even though an official report acknowledged the referee made a mistake; the result was unchanged.
Remember; when young players watch their idols on screen, they will see the good, the bad and the ugly side of professional sports. Be ready to praise quality character, team spirit and integrity when you see it.
At Vultures, we are dedicated to fostering an environment where players, coaches, team managers, referees and supporters treat each other with respect.
Referees’ decisions are important, and they will make mistakes, but it’s vital that we build a culture of respect from the grassroots. Let’s make every game a testament to the values that make us proud to be Vultures – a community bound together by respect, sportsmanship, and the love of basketball.
While our kids watch their heroes on screen, let’s remember to champion respect – for our opponents, teammates, and the officials who make the game possible. It’s in these that our true character shines.
The leading cause of referees quitting the game we love is abuse.
Each and every one of us can change that.
As much as abuse is causing referees to quit, respect by all leads to their retention.
Respect = retention = enjoyment for all.
Everyone has a part to play.
No Refs = No Play
Respect the refs on game day.