When I talk about the Zen of something, I’m talking about the highest form of understanding and consciousness about a process or undertaking.
Ignore the winning / loosing part of the game. Most coaches worry too much about winning. To maximize winning, ignore the importance of winning. The score is only a minor factor in the tactical part of the game. Its importance rises no higher than any other rule of the game.
Ignore the Scoreboard . . . Players need not look at the scoreboard. Adjusting one’s play is a distraction from playing for excellence.
Understand what you are playing for, not who. You play not for yourself, or your team, your coach, your parents, for spectators, for god. You play only for excellence. Through that discipline, you find out what you are made of . . . therein lies the love of the game.
Honor deeply your opponent. If not for them, there would be no game, no challenge, no hardship. Without them there would be no test, no drive, no finding out what you are capable of. Give them the honor of the fight, the fight and adversity of their life, so they too can find out what they are made of.
Competition is one of the highest forms of love. Who else, other than your competition will drive you to your highest level of competence, courage, and performance. But only if you are worthy enough.
Losing to win. You can lose plenty to ensure yourself a win. There is a broader game, a bigger game. At what cost, at what additional lose are you willing to take in order to win?
At play in the fields of the gods. Right. Each game is but a battle and each championship is yet another battle.
When you execute plays at the highest level possible, you have nothing to worry about, nothing to be ashamed of if after that, you loose.