The outcome of the game is not the most important objective. The most important objective is that the players strive to win and try their best. If they do their best, they will be successful, regardless of the outcome of the match.
Self-determination and teamwork! The players must learn from the beginning not to be misled by the "self" in self-determination. The team is the most important self-determining entity. The learned attitude of self-determination and it's application in everyday life is one of the most valuable skills that can be taught in life (and in our program).
The players are the center of the team, not the coach. The players are taught that they make the choice to excel, but that that choice can't be made on game day. The choice to excel is made in and out of practice every day.
"Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude" - Ralph Marston"