The Statesville Athletic Department is committed to providing top coaching to our athletes. Our goal is to build an athletic program that changes lives and disciples young people to be champions for Christ on and off the field or court. Each season we would like to give you a glimpse inside our programs with “Coaches Corner.” Our first Coaches Corner is with our most successful program and coach; Dr. Tim Burgiss and the Girls Tennis Team.
Tim Burgiss has led the Statesville Christian Lions Tennis team for the past 12 years. In 9 of those years the result was a state championship and add one runner up to the mix. Dr. Burgiss is a local dentist who has donated much time and money to Statesville Christian School but more importantly has influenced a generation of young ladies through the game of tennis and his coaching. Here is a glimpse of our tennis program through some of the communications from Coach Burgiss and his team.
Inward, Outward, Upward!
The Battle of the Mind
Barring large discrepancies in talent level, there is usually one thing that stands in the way of winning championships. You might first think that it is your opponent that stands in the way, but actually…..it is your MIND!
We can’t always control the events in our life, but we can control how we perceive them. Our perception and response to the events greatly determine our outcome. In many cases, nervousness, anxiousness, failure to trust yourself, fear, anger, etc. are emotions that can bring you and your game down. On the other hand, emotion can lift you up. First, you must have a belief of a preferred outcome. You cannot achieve what the mind does not conceive!
Many times, during a tennis match, you may find your mind focused “inward.” This usually results in a lot of negative self talk. Examples are.. “It’s not my day,” or “my backhand stinks today,” “I can’t get my first serve in.” Negative self talk is destructive, usually builds upon itself, and leads to a downward spiral. By focusing “inward,” our emotions often get the best of us.
Other times during a match your mind may be focused “outward.” It is important to not let something or somebody take you out of your game. There may be times the weather, wind or other external physical conditions negatively affect our mind. In other cases, your opponent with bullying techniques or bad line calls gets you out of your game. Fans rooting for or against you as well as officials can affect us also. Many time confidence comes in being prepared…prepared for the unexpected…so whatever happens…be ready because…”I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13.
That brings us to getting our mind focused in the right direction…look “upward.” That’s right, think in a vertical direction. Pray, steady your emotions, and God will give you peace that passes all understanding as you trust Him. It is a blessing to know that no matter what the circumstances, you can be content. Let’s use the phrase SFT (from the movie “Seven Days in Utopia”) so we can focus on both our spiritual life and our tennis. S -See God’s face. F- Feel HIs Presence and T-Trust His Love.
Now let’s take SFT and use it together with our tennis preparation. S means SEE…Besides seeing God’s face you have to see the ball and your stroke with your eyes so your body will reproduce it. You have to “paint” your shot and muscle memory will take over something that has been practiced repeatedly.
F means to FEEL… Besides feeling God’s presence, feel the balance in your feet. Patience is the key. Feel the strings brush the topspin on the ball. Relax by feeling the air gently going in and out of your lungs.
T means TRUST…As you trust His love then trust that wonderful things can happen…trust in your preparation and your coach’s preparation. Trust in your stroke and in positive results. Above all trust that God has a plan for your life way beyond any tennis match. His love for us is immeasurable. His desire is that we have a joyful and abundant life as we trust Him as Lord and Master of our life. All this leads to our ultimate purpose… that we live our life to the praise of His Glory!
￼￼ Three Goals for SCS Girl’s Tennis
1. HAVE FUN
Life is precious and a blessing……enjoy it, embrace it, don’t waste
it, and don’t forget to laugh.
Cherish your friendships……lift up and encourage one another, forget
about petty things, and don’t forget to laugh
1. HONOR THE LORD IN ALL WE SAY AND DO
Always, always give it your best….Colossians 3:23
Respect authority…..that is your parents, teachers, administrators,
coaches, policemen, etc….Hebrews 13:17
Learn how to be a humble winner and a gracious loser..Luke 14:11
Always be honest (line calls, etc)…Colossians 3:9, Exodus 20:16
Have an attitude of gratitude…I Thessalonians 5:18
May your words be pleasing….Ephesians 4:29
Be joyful and rejoice..Philippians 4:4, Psalm 118:24
1. WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
This is who we are and this is what we do!
So let’s go for a decade of dominance…..with state title # 10
Thank you Coach Burgiss for sharing a glimpse into how you use tennis not only to teach the game but how to use the game to understand spiritual truths for our everyday life.
Thank you to the Girls Tennis Team this year for representing your families, your coach, your team, your school but most importantly your Savior Jesus Christ well.
Stay tuned for a live stream conversation with Coach Burgiss and the Girls Tennis Team coming soon to our website.