With the Green Bay Packers not touring for coaching camp this yr, the Pittsburgh Steelers now possess the longest-running ongoing partnership with an outdoor coaching camp vacation spot with Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, a venue at which they’ve sought respite for greater than 50 years.
It doesn’t change, regardless of who the pinnacle coach is, actually not Mike Tomlin, now in his sixteenth season, and his 14th journey as much as the serene acres of Saint Vincent, the final two years having been compelled to conduct camp at dwelling attributable to COVID-19-related journey restrictions. He informed yesterday in regards to the worth of going away for camp with Pat Kirwan, Jim Miller, and Paul Alexander on the Movin’ the Chains program on SiriusXM Radio.
“Man, it is great to be here. We don’t take this for granted. I was telling somebody yesterday, all you need to do is be here with our group after our formal work of the day is done, and you see the value of this location”, he informed his hosts.
“Guys sitting on picnic tables in the evening, talking about ball, talking about life, the old guys mentoring the young guys, working on the intangible things that make teams ‘teams’. We’re just really enjoying ourselves and appreciative of being back up here”.
Put merely, it’s simpler to forge a camaraderie when all people’s residing quarters is inside the similar group of buildings and the everyday ‘distractions’ of home life are placed on pause for a time period. There’s no higher solution to get to know a gaggle of individuals than to spend considerably productive time with them, and that’s what the venue of Saint Vincent College offers.
Now, that doesn’t imply all people up and down the roster is a fan of it, and maybe for some greater than others, they’ve outdoors obligations which are extra urgent and fewer simply escapable. I’m sure exceptions are made the place mandatory.
But typically, it doesn’t matter what one thinks of the touring expertise of camp, it does present that atmosphere via which to forge deeper relationships, and it happens not by power, however naturally as an extension of the circumstances wherein it takes place.
That’s not one thing you possibly can replicate contained in the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. You might need a gaggle of gamers keep after work to observe movie or one thing like that, however on the finish of the day, they go dwelling to their very own beds and their very own lives.
Whatever worth it could carry tangibly on the sphere will not be one thing simply quantified in any respect. I don’t assume going away to Saint Vincent College has ever been the distinction between the Steelers successful a Super Bowl and never. But one can see why the custom is valued as one thing extra than simply ‘something we’ve at all times achieved’. In Tomlin’s phrases it builds the “intangible issues that make groups ‘teams’, relatively than a gaggle of people.
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