After years of sitting and listening to competitive coaches, I am struck by their relationship with fun. They will talk at length about offense, defense, discipline, and effort…. and a bit after the fact say, “and yeah, it needs to be fun.” Sometimes a shrug of the shoulder accompanies this afterthought. Ultimately, a rather unconvincing advocacy for fun. Coaches get regularly called to task by more politically correct sects for being out of touch and borderline abusive… and sometimes rightfully so. Yet, not in this case, the shrug and “well sure I guess it’s important,” approach to fun is onto something.