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May 15, 2007 — Beware the ides of May

Ten years ago today, Tiffany Bashore, field hockey coach at Ewing (N.J.), died suddenly.

This was her Game Plan, which appears as every May’s Motivation of the Month on our field hockey site. It also appears from time to time on the back of your Founder’s business card.

1. Respect the contest, yourself, and your opponent.

2. Adopt a “winning is third” concept. That is, a commitment first to doing your best, second to team loyalty, and third to the highest total on the scoreboard.

3. Determine to enjoy competition, doing whatever it takes for you and the team to have fun at whatever you are doing.

4. Determine to make each practice and game a learning experience to better understand yourself and others.

5. Understand that regardless of athletic shop talk about sacrifice, discipline, commitment and all the rest, unless it is wrapped in an expressed love for the game and all its participants, this game plan is meaningless “jock talk.”

6. The moment you become satisfied with how well you are doing, you start to back off and falter.

Ten years; and it feels like it was only yesterday when I got the news.