Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Journal: Threats of Rain

Q: When you are scheduled to play a match, why should you cancel it?
A: If it is raining.

I wish that was true.  Apparantly, the correct answer is "If it is raining, or might rain, or if you can't find enough players to play."  

Over the past week we've had matches cancelled for a combination of all three of those reasons.  It's been frustrating to say the least.  These summer matches are difficult enough to arrange, what with my players never answering their phones, not anxious to rearrange schedules, etc.  So it is kind of difficult to get 7 players around to play in a match.  And invariably, as soon as I get everyone committed to playing, it rains or the other team cancels because they don't have enough players.

It makes me want to quit, but I know that these matches could be important in developing our varsity players for next year.  And it stinks trying to convince players to come for this match, talking them into how much they need it, blah, blah, blah.  I don't want to feel like a nag.  On the other end, we have players who are really excited to play and then don't get the chance and they end up feeling like the whole league is kind of unorganized and not as committed as they are.  So anyways...

Tonight we play two matches, a rescheduled one against Buchanan and regularly scheduled match against Berrien Springs.  I'm looking forward to it.  We're probably not taking our tip-top lineup (Mikey and the Rebecs are missing), but I'm still looking forward to seeing how we play.  Here's to no rain, not even the threat!

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