Shanghai Games - Ice and Snow Inter-School Group Competition kicked off on 1 December 2018. They divided into groups by lot. As a result, NACIS, the previous champion Shanghai Starriver Bilingual School, and Shanghai Experimental School were classified into the same group. Moreover, one of the three main players of NACIS team, was recuperating because of his broken clavicle, which means that his triangular pass and catch is impossible to achieve. Facing the powerful opponents, it is nearly impossible for our group with underage players and a goalkeeper with only three-month training to win the match in the huge ice rink that covers 1800 square meters.
If you know you will lose, will you participate in the match? If you know the passive result, will you spend time training and go for it? But this is the logic of adults, for keeping one’s reputation or…? These situations do not exist for our ice hockey boys. Our players chose to fight hard without hesitation.
It was a hard-earned lesson that we adults have learnt from them - to do the impossible and embrace failures.
In the first round, we fought against Shanghai Experimental School. Their players are Grade five students passing and shooting continuously with outstanding skills and tacit. We witnessed the strength gap between the two groups. Our players made their best but lost the game with 0:5. In the second round, we fought against Shanghai Star river Bilingual School. Their players are ice hockey fans from FeiYang Club Champion 09A. We knew each other's strength very well, but we still chose to battle. After the round, our players did their best on the huge ice rink. Boys were all dripping with sweat and their defense was excellent. The game was expected to lose by a big score; however, the bottom line was saved at 0:6. In the third round, our boys were exhausted, so they lost the only chance to win. According to the rules, we would be eliminated out of the final of the 15th City Games as long as we lost any one of matches. Therefore, even if we won the third round, we still couldn’t advance to the final. In other words, our boys lost three rounds in a row under the big pressure. When the sweat and tears were dripping with bitter taste, it was a test for all.
Our coach is from Russia, who is the top coach in China. He seldom experienced the failure and blamed himself for losing the game. He said that in his country it was the coach's fault if the team lost the game. Our players recovered from the sadness of loss, they gave the coach a hug and told him they would keep going and thanked him for not giving up. At the moment, the sadness of losing the competition turned into team cohesion and a kind of motive for heading up. This is the best interpretation of sports spirit.
The competition gave parents a lesson. If we merely think about winning the game, what was our initial intention to learn to play ice hockey in the first place? Only for the reputation? We aim to lead our child to have training, embrace life, grow happily and gain the multi-experience from the sports. As for children, they are brave and never forget why they started. They know that it can’t be done but they still make every effort to do it. We believe they will also change the world with great tenacity in the future. Sometimes children are more like teachers. They promote the way of teaching and education.