Yes, everyone loves a winner, but a ‘win at all costs’ mantra comes at a cost. It creates unease and distress, translating into:

  • Excessive pressure on coaches
  • Unnecessary, unfair pressure on players (especially juniors)
  • Unbalanced playing time
  • Unfair team selection, particularly at finals time
  • Compromising player wellbeing (playing injured players, for example)
  • Disregard for club values and its mission.

A ‘win-only’ measure of success is a narrow lens through which to measure all the amazing things your club can achieve.