All our knowledge originates from emotion
Saturday: Gameday. My daughter is going mad of excitement, as it was the first time she could play in a game of her team. Before going, I had googled some basics – 8 to 8, half field, corner? What are these things? I wanted to be able to answer all her questions. With my newly gathered knowledge, I started to cheer for the team – “Kind of fun”.
At the end of the season, she had to transfer teams, which also meant try-outs. Try-outs! I just waited and saw. The try-outs are finished and I realise that she did not make it. I said: “It’s alright, maybe next year.”. I also figured that it could have gone better, organisationally, so I volunteered.
Half a year after learning about the round side of a hockey stick, I was chairman of the board. I was busy organising, standardizing processes, redirecting the organisation, discussing with the board and slowly changing the culture. But then, a question arises: “Why don’t you play with the holiday team?”. After a while, I have to give in. Now I am also running after that ball, and I use both the flat and round side of my stick. Also with a big smile on my face and madly enthusiastic about the game. Oh yes, I am in love.
As I was developing myself as a hockey trainer, the coach of the first women’s team quit. Suddenly, I find myself being coach of MHC Goirle Female league competition team, first class. I feel honoured, but I can also feel the doubt. I study tactics, analyse opponents, make evaluations with team and players and use video analyses. Where are we? What can we do? Our first game is on own grounds, with a lot of spectators, the opponent is much stronger…
We win, 2 down to 0. Spectators and players are going mad. I look the other way for a second and wipe away a tear, looking at my stick. ‘A flat and a round side’.