It may seem odd to take this miracle and apply it to youth sports, but there is a lot of things to be learned from the crash of US Airways flight. How about that captain? Scully, they call him of all things. Amazing! But what can we apply to our teams from this event?
1. When the pressure is on, move to reactionary mode and trust your instincts. Let’s face it, we practice for hours and hours and perform on the field for only a couple of minutes. When you are in a pressure situation, trust your training, rely on your instincts, and go for it. What have you got to lose?
2. Remain calm at all times. All of the stories coming out of the plane speak of how “eerily calm” everyone was. Ironic, I was watching Jay Leno on The Tonight Show tonight and he was spoofing a guy on CNN that was twisting a plane back and forth showing how it was probably wobbling. They were cutting to a scene from the movie Airport (I think) where the passengers were crashing and screaming with hysteria. But the reality of this situation was how calm everyone was.
3. Teamwork never fails. Working together we can achieve so much more. From all the passenger accounts, everyone cooperated and filed out of the fuselage of the plane w/o panicking. This prevented stupid injuries and probably saved a couple of lives. If we rely on each other, trust each other, and deliver as promised. We can achieve anything we want.
4. If you see something believe it. I saw an interview w/ the ferry boat driver that rescued the first 60 people. He said his first mate told him he saw something in the water that looked like a plane. They had to have not believed what they were seeing, but they went anyway. They ended up saving tons of peoples lives because of the quick decisions and their ability to believe what they see. How many times do we see something only to doubt it or not react quickly enough? If you see something or feel something, it is probably true, so react.
5. Be there for your fellow man (teammates). Almost instantly rescuers were pulling people from the water. They were throwing life preservers, pulling people into boats, it was amazing to watch. Why? Because that was what needed to be done. Be there, it is one of the easiest things we can do.
The bottom line is comparing this miracle to something so trivial is a bit silly. But it is amazing how so much of life is connected and so many lessons we learn on a daily basis can be applied.
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