With spring tryouts right around the corner, we wanted to touch on something close to our hearts. As former Division I athletes and amateur coaches, we get asked all the time by parents and players about what it takes to make it to the next level. Our answer has always been the same, which you'll see below, but this inevitably serves as a great starting point to explain why we are named Moxie Sports.
Our founding team knows what it's like to win championships. We know the sacrifice, the grind, the grit and the ambition it takes to make it to the top - we call this intangible, "Moxie."
Moxie is the one intangible that separates the great from the good - the strong from the weak. It's what pulls you out of bed in the morning to make it to the gym - what keeps you up at night working when others sleep - what pushes you to sacrifice your body on a diving play or running that extra mile to prepare for the race. It drives you to swim those extra laps and push through the pain to earn that right... and that right is to call yourself a Champion.
"Champion" is a title you earn. It's not a trophy. Trophies are tangible. Trophies are material. A Champion doesn't make excuses for themselves. They don't feel sorry about missing the parties, the social gatherings, the outings. They know that at the end of all of their hard work - at the end of their sacrifice - there is something greater.
It's all too evident in today's youth to see players who have the talent but indulge in the material. For the Champion, these are the peers who give you a hard time about your dreams and ambitions - they're the ones watching you - cheering you on from the sidelines -wishing they were you playing Friday night at home under the lights. Wishing they were on your stage and in your moment, under your spotlight hitting the game winning home-run, scoring the game winning touchdown or kicking the game winning goal. They experience the joy of sport in a jubilation of momentary excitement. You, the CHAMPION - the one who sacrificed your blood, sweat and tears - you experience the joy of sport in the form of everlasting accomplishment, bliss and achievement.
Not every athlete has what it takes to be the next superstar. But every athlete has what it takes to work their hardest and push themselves to be their best on and off the field.
Vince Lombardi said it best when he said,
"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand"
The quote above reminds me of a lesson I learned when I was 16 (and have never forgotten). I finished sprints way ahead of the pack during winter workouts - pulling up halfway through and coasting the last stretch. My coach, Chance Beam, came up to me and pointed at a player who was much slower (and still running) and said,
"He may not be fast, but he's giving me 100% all the way through the drill. Are you? It takes NO talent to hustle. NO talent to give me your best."
We believe that every young athlete has Moxie buried deep down within them. It's our job as coaches and parents to nurture the drive of our youth and support their dreams and push them to give their best. To show them the right way to compete, the right way to win and more importantly, the right way to fail.
Babe Ruth once said, "It's hard to beat a man who never gives up."
So, my question to you - the young athlete - the coach - the father and mother of the next Jeter, Manning, Phelps or Ronaldo - Do you have what it takes to be a Champion? Do you know what it takes to build a Champion? And do you have what it takes to nurture a Champion?
Because a Champion has Moxie.
And it takes Moxie to make it to the next level.
Please share your thoughts below.
What are some intangibles that lead to success on and off the field?