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Nov, 2018

Humility: November Core Value


As the month of November closes, Rush would like to reflect on a few final thoughts on the core value of the month, humility.

“It means that no one is more important than someone else in the club. A Technical Director or Director of Coaching will help line fields or put up nets just like they would run a board meeting or seal a merger. Everyone checks their ego at the door and does what is necessary for the club,” Director of Rush Select and TD at Alaska Rush, Brian Lux said.

“Humility is one of those values that in my opinion can define how someone perceives and fits within the society, workplace or political climate, and among their circle of family and friends,” National Technical Director Arian Hoxha went on.

“The need for glory and the appetite of our own egos can always cloud our judgment while humility can always keep us grounded and sincere. Being humble is often mistaken for a weakness but humility always has a "happy ending" regardless how long it takes to get there.”

Understanding the happy ending Hoxha speaks of is an integral part of coaching humility, and includes understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the team and coaching staff. Rush coaches expose themselves to different coaching experiences and environments, such as coaching at the college level. Rush coaches being involved at the college level allows our coaching staff to translate the importance of these core values outside of the club.

Wisconsin Rush Technical Director Ben John shares his passion for understanding humility through the unique story of coaching his college team,

“I am presently an Assistant Coach of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Women's team. It’s been a tough season and we are not having our customary success in years past. I am focusing my energy as we get ready for postseason on team attitude,” John said.

“We must approach every second on the pitch with a sense of humility. That nothing will be given to us. The past owes us nothing except the lessons we choose to learn. Be good students of your past and work hard to repeat or forget it. Humility, within this context, is the cloak you wear to discern which part to keep and which to discard.

Every second is about accepting, with humility, that successful moments in competition are defined in seconds. The second before, the second you are living and the second you are about to live. Each is inextricably connected to the other. The great attribute of sports and the commensurate humility that should define our engagement include the following truths;

a bad second can lead to an awful minute if you linger on the bad second for too long, a great second can lead to an awful minute if you linger on the accomplishment for too long, a bad second can lead to a great moment if it drives you to do better, and a great second can lead to an impactful minute if you are committed to the demand of finding a better second. The game is the most humbling tool and a necessary catalyst to spur our growth as citizens of this great sport,” John concluded.

As each individual is taught humility through each interaction with the game, the Core Values provide a scaffolding for coaches to bring the Rush Way wherever they coach, travel, or live.

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