“Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail”

by Michael Garcia on March 27, 2015

In the spirit of March Madness and as the Wizard of Westwood, or legendary player and coach John Wooden, said, "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."  The truth in this saying spans far beyond the game of basketball and can apply to most all situations in life.  From a booster club perspective, the application of this saying couldn't be more appropriate and, in talking with booster clubs around the nation, could be used a lot more. 

"I'm too busy," "It's just a volunteer role," "My kid doesn't even play," and, "We're fine the way we've been doing things," are all sayings that have all been used in some way at a booster club near you that continues the "cycle of poverty mediocrity" that creates a systemic problem in high schools today.  

The way to make make time for what's important is to have a proven, surefire plan and framework to operate from, and then all that's left to do is execute.  A lot of booster clubs get going when the activity or sport is just beginning, and at that point, the time for starting to fundraise, cultivate relationships and build the program have already come and gone. 

A program that knows what it wants and what it needs to do to get there will plan at least 6 months in advance of the new season or year and have all their "ducks in a row" before the first organized practice even begins.  The act of strategically and purposefully preparing for the upcoming season extinguishes the excuses and problems that plague booster club volunteers, coaches and ADs during the season. 

Avoid the booster club madness and start preparing well before your season. 

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