Most of the time when a high school football player tells the coach he’s quitting, 9 times out of 10 that kid would get the cold shoulder from the whole coaching staff, perhaps even for the rest of his time at his high school.
I mean, what is the perception of quitters? They’re lazy, can’t take it, don’t want to work hard… quitting usually comes with the association that the quitter is “lesser” than the rest who didn’t quit.
And in some cases that’s fine. That’s what you’re looking for. Only about 25% of those who enter Navy SEAL training make it through BUD/S and onto a SEAL team, but the training program is designed for that.
However, for one coach out of Coronado, California (ironically enough where SEAL training takes place), his reaction to one of his players quitting was actually the complete opposite.
Kurt Hines, the head coach of Coronado High School, sent out a video tweet saying that one of his players, who was noticeably unhappy on the football field, and had a hard time making it to practice on time, walked into his office and told him he would be quitting the team.
Your typical response would be:
“Alright, we don’t need you anyways.”
But Hines in the video stated the opposite. When he asked the player if he loved the game, he simply said “no.” Hines then said:
“I’m proud of you… You’re doing the right thing, football is not for everyone. I
couldn’t be happier. Coaches, support your players.”