WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010
KUP'S KORNER: Nine days in
“The key is not the ‘will to win’...everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” --Bobby Knight

Nine days in and we’re looking better with every session. In my blog last week I talked about peaks and valleys in our training and that has certainly held true. We started off the week with a few days of people competing at a level usually reserved for championship matches. Competitive drills looked like a whirl of athleticism that was impressive to say the least… but then reality set in and we had to get better at the fundamentals in order to compete at a high level. By the end of the week we were a sore and exhausted group both physically and mentally.

We took a day off on Monday and went to the beach. For most teams a day off might mean some time relaxing, but our team has always been a little different. Despite the coaches bringing a variety of calm games to play, the team decided to spend four hours in the water learning to surf. It was great to see the whole team out there enjoying the water while real dolphins even swam by to encourage our aspiring surfers. Everyone rode at least a few waves and created some great memories. There were some great rides and even better wipeouts!

Today we got back in the gym and it was like day one all over again. The energy level was high, but this time we had most of our systems in place and we looked like a team that was getting closer to reaching our goals. Two-a-days are now over and we still have a lot of work to do in determining our lineup. I’m very excited about the upcoming practices as well as the alumni game and Green/White game coming up on Saturday.

I don’t know who’s going to be on the court in 11 days, but I do know that we have 15 players who are ready…