Well my answer to this nonsense is "YES -- I DO PLAY FAVORITES!"
- My favorites are the divers who come to practice on time; all the time.
- My favorites are the divers who do what I ask them to do it without complaining.
- My favorites are the divers who are eager and willing to hear what I have to say.
- My favorites are the divers who bring a good attitude and positive energy to practice.
- My favorites are the divers who want to get better -- no matter what.
- My favorites are the divers who work hard; who try hard and who pay attention to me.
- My favorites are the divers who give great effort all the time (without me having to constantly badger them!!)
- My favorites are the kids who try and try and try again.
- My favorites are the kids who stay late to get in extra work on the trampoline or dry board or in the gym.
Yes -- these are my favorites. Now to become one of my favorites, all a diver needs to do is show up; work hard; try hard, do their best and pay attention to me. If you pay attention to me, then I will most likely pay attention to you. I would much rather work with a total non-athlete who really wants to become a better diver than a physically gifted, super athlete who thinks they know it all and can do it all by themselves.
I DO NOT, CAN NOT and WILL NOT reward lack of effort, bad attitudes, disruptive behavior, or the like. I ignore these things (READ: I do not pay attention to these divers -- i.e. certainly not one of my favorites). So to paraphrase Bo Diddley "before you accuse me, take a look at your (kid)!"