Being a senior in great programs is a special time. On one hand, it may mean more attention, but it also involved more responsibility. In most programs, the privilege of being a senior means doing less and putting more responsibility on younger players. In fact, helping with duties that are essential for the team, such as physically assisting a coach by picking up equipment, should not be considered punishment. Helping out should be an honor reserved for those players who have the most invested. Being a senior should reflect an attitude of ‘this is our time to lead and serve’ rather than ‘this is our time to be served.’ Helping the coaches should be a privilege.
One of the key elements in a group of people who want to become a team is the positive example and commendable work habits that one demonstrated by your team’s leaders and seniors. You will never see a great team where the seniors are not the best workers. These teams may win some games, but they will not be a TEAM if the most visible members (seniors) do not model commitment and hard work. One of the key attributes of being a senior involves being the best example of what our program stands for.
If seniors are lazy or inattentive, every underclassmen looks at them and is comforted by the thought, ‘I can’t wait to be a senior in our program. Look, they get to come late, coast through practice and still play.’ The exact opposite is true in programs with a strong tradition of senior leadership. The underclassmen look at the seniors and say, ‘I can’t wait to be a senior in this program and play for Coach Bailey; they are the hardest workers, the best listeners, and the ones with the most responsibilities. That is going to be great.’
If you invest in our program, your turn for leadership will happen. The senior year is special. Seniors are what our program is about.