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Re: Malton & Norton 26 West 15
Posted by: cmiller
Date: 12/09/2017 06:48
It is true. The meet was put back. It's all about getting the best out of the players and finding out what would work for them. A performance review was conducted at the end of last season. One of the biggest issues for the players was that we would often arrive at games very early, sometimes before the home side. The sitting about and waiting had a negative effect. And it didn't work for getting the best out of the current bunch. Each squad being different. Leaving too early and arriving too early also caused players to travel down In Their own cars and leave in their own cars, resulting in empty buses and a poor squad ethos.

It was agreed that we would leave at 1230. Which means a 2pm arrival giving an hour to prepare. We actually left before 1230. The warm up the senior team carry out only takes thirty minutes and is short and intense. So we even had room for small delays should they occur. The route was checked at meet time and was perfectly clear with no delays. The issue wasn't so much the meet time, but more the management of the bus. The route should have been cleared with the driver before departure and the driver should have also told us that he didn't know where he was heading before he got stuck on country roads in a bus doing 20 mph. The bus company should also have this matter in Hand as avmatter of professionalism. Unfortunately for us our team manager who generally looks after this area had heroically went to the aid of the stags.

I think the bus journey is an easy out but unfortunately it is not not the reason for defeat. The performance simply wasn't good enough. We weren't at the races and this is one that the players and coaches must shoulder the responsibility for. And one we'll endeavour to rectify this week.

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