"Time Is An Unrenewable Resource."
Lacrosse players love playing lacrosse games, however when compared to the hours spent practicing in a season the amount of time playing in games is remarkably small. Add in the off-season training and conditioning and look again; if how we use our time is the measure, for anyone college level and under it's like the real reason we all get together and organize a team is to practice lacrosse and every once in a while there is a game.
The ratio applies across many sports, but why all this lacrosse practice?
One obvious easy answer is "To Win". That's simple; but what if you don't win? Remember, only one team does... Does this mean that if you don't win all that time in lacrosse practice was a waste?
Possibly, depending on your mindset and objectives, but maybe we could answer that a reason for all this lacrosse practice is "To Win, Or At Least Be Competitive". Probably better, but again, what if your team is not all that competitive? Would the time in practice have been better spent doing something else?
Again, maybe, depending on what the team was doing in practice perhaps, but an even better answer for the reason for all this lacrosse practice is "To Get Better" or "To Be The Best That We Can Be". These allow for a great many right answers, and just as everyone likes their lacrosse stick strung a little differently the "right answers" are very subjective to the individual. A team can go through a whole season without winning any games and every player can benefit, which is maybe a sad experience to go through but is also, like it or not, one hundred percent totally true.
We're headed toward a discussion of "Winning" and "Victory", and how the two are the same and yet are different words and can mean different things, and we could enter more conversations about how it is possible to achieve "Victories" without "Winning". The point here is that you as coach will spend countless hours at lacrosse practices with your team, interacting with players, running lacrosse drills, and helping the players develop into the people they will become. Yes, it is important to put it all to the test on game day but your impact on their lives will be instilled so much more in practices than during the hour and half you spend with them at a game, and your influence will go beyond the outcome of any particular contest, and far beyond the lacrosse field.
Winning a lacrosse championship or going through an undefeated season is a great accomplishment and an absolutely valid objective for anyone. It is a safe bet that the championship or undefeated team put a lot of effort into hard lacrosse practice, hard physical training, running hard lacrosse drills, proper conditioning, hard studying, and making themselves the best they could be to prevail against teams at least as talented and working at least as hard. Being a lacrosse champion is wonderful and is glorious and is all that, but secondary to everything else that your players learn on the practice field that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
This is in fact a tradition of The Creator's Game; developing the boys of the tribe into young men.