Yet, Watters was hoping to see more during the offseason and summer months ,when they don’t have the incentive of a game to look forward to each week. That’s when games and titles are won, when nobody is looking, according to Watters.
“Discipline, work ethic and effort, that’s all winning is,” Watters said. “That doesn’t show up on the X-Box. And that’s what our kids are raised on. There’s no discipline, no effort buttons on X-Box. It’s frustrating to me because I know how simple it is to go win. You have to outwork your opponent, put your team before yourself and play with fanatical effort. That’s really not that difficult when you speak it and put it on paper. But it is when you haven’t been raised that way or taught that way and you’ve been led to believe something different.”
Watters said he has been pleased with the work ethic with the majority of the team. They have come to workouts and done what they were supposed to each day.
But he knows in order for the Lions to once again compete in class 6A, it takes much more effort than the players have been used to giving in the past.
“A lot of our athletes, their parents didn’t play,” Watters said. “They don’t understand the work ethic required and how hard it is. If we have a dad who played the game and worked his tail off, his son isn’t going to quit. His son is going to do the same things his dad expects of him, as long as they have a good relationship ship. Dad is gong to make him do what’s right. Dad is going to make him be tough. Dad is going to make sure he’s masculine. I think our society is making our young men less masculine these days. Men are supposed to be the work-your-bone-into-the-ground type. They are too-tough-for-anything-to-bother type of thing. I just think it’s a different time and we have to teach kids that mentality.”