“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
One season, I was faced with a parent who thought I had proclaimed the season a rebuilding year. It was questioned like it was an accusation, instead of a reality of coaching. While I hadn’t said it, I have no problem with the word as an explanation of the process of team building. In sports, seasons begin and season ends and each year you are handed a new team. Last season is gone, next season is irrelevent, and it is the job of the team to rebuild. This can be easier or harder depending on the experience of the players, but always involves similar starting points.
Rebuilding is a positive word. It holds promis and demonstrates opportunity. Some prefer to call it reloading, but I like rebuilding and players should look at that word as a chance to fulfill those goals and aspirations that helped motivate them in the offseason