Does anyone remember the Friday night line of shows about 10-12 years ago that was TGIF.. Family Matters with Urkle?? Oh gosh.. that was a memory that I could do without. =/
Okay, so NOW gymnastics feels over. The season officially ended last Friday but the awards banquet was last night. This meant working on the slideshow for 3 hours Monday night, tearing down equipment on Tuesday night, working another couple of hours on the slideshow on Wednesday night and finally having the awards program last night! It was full of laughs, as always. We do a gag gift for each girl and man, this year was exceptionally good. To name a few.. Jeni got a "Where's my Wenis" chart. She swears that us girls have a wenis. We got her a chart so she can show us where exaclty this wenis is. Kristen got a mirror ornament that reminds here not to turn left on red. She was so embarrassed that her parents found out... and she thought that they didn't know that she is a horrible driver? One girl got a "Tampon Insertion for Dummies" book. Yep, we've got a tampon virgin. Hopefully she'll read up and come back to us next year without her undies hanging out of her leo.. for obvious reasons. We gave out the annual awards: Drive, Desire, & Determination, Most Improved, Coaches award... MVP.
Which brings me to a question that I'd love to hear your opinions on. My old high school (where I coach) may do away with giving out MVP awards next year. What? Why? They don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Some coaches claim that it's "hard to give out" and "not very team oriented." This goes along with my good friend Jes's blog entry a few weeks about a Seattle school banning TAG from their playground. Okay, are they serious? Read her entry HERE. (By the way, VERY good post yesterday, my friend. Good reminder to us all to treat people in the way that you would like to be treated. Not rocket science, here.)
Back to my point, why would we do away with MVP? So all the kids are treated equally? So that no one stands above another kid? Because it's "not very team oriented"? If everyone strived to be the MVP every game, wouldn't that result in some pretty awesome TEAMS? If we do away with MVP, then we shouldn't give out any other award. Not even the well deserved Scholar Athlete awards we give. That may make the kids feel dumb cuz they didn't get one. Seriously, work HARDER in class so that you can get the blasted Scholar Athlete award! You know, I am not a genius. School was so hard for me. I probably had and still have a learning disability. But guess what? I worked my BUTT off to get good grades and one of the reasons was to get these awards. To wear that ugly cord on graduation day. Same thing with sports, I worked my HINEY off so that I could be proud of the way I competed, beat other gymnasts, and so that I could be a contender for MVP. Why? Cuz I wanted to reach my potential. I wanted to be a peace with myself knowing that I did the best I could do if I lost or got second place. If we do away with an award like MVP, what are we teaching kids? It's okay to be mediocre. It's okay to be the norm and not be exceptional. We need to be teaching kids to work harder, strive to be the best, and get a little competitive!! It's gunna prepare these kids for the WORLD cuz the world is pretty competitive. Guess how you get a job? You beat someone else that is also qualified for the job. When we determine MVP, we don't just look at who scored the most points for us. We look at the girl that works hard in practice, cheers on their teammates, works hard in school and is an all-around pleasant person. Have a bad attitude, be selfish and still be number one? There's a good chance you'll probably not go home with the MVP trophy. STRIVE to be the best in all you do... still might not mean that you get MVP, but at least you know your best was accomplished.
Now that I am picking my undies out of the wad they are in.... hehehehe!! Okay, so I had no clue that I had such thoughts about this until I started writing! You've just met riled up Darcy!!! Some of you haven't met her yet, Darcy's usually pretty easy going, until a little sompin'-sompin' strikes her nerves. =)
... and thanks for all the super sweet comments about my last post. You guys are the best. Some days you feel completely blessed and just gotta tell people how God's poured out His love on you. =) I seriously feel like THE most blessed person on the earth! Love you o-blog friends of mine, hope you know that. =)