“I don’t do Apple” is the reason sometimes given for not using Takedown. When the final rankings of stupid coach statements is published, this one will be right near the top.
I don’t do Apple either. I’ve never purchased a Mac or iPhone for personal use. I prefer Windows computers and Android phones and that’s what I buy.
So, I can understand “I don’t do Apple”
Great Tools Prevail
Apple announced the iPad in January 2010. I didn’t run out and buy an iPad.
Around the same time, as a pilot I’d been following a company promising to eliminate the reams of paper needed to legally fly an airplane(*). When that company delivered a well-engineered, comprehensive, reliable app for the iPad, I went to the nearest Apple Store, bought an iPad and downloaded this new flight planning app. My personal distaste for Apple products didn’t matter one bit. I needed to use that app for important work. The iPad was incidental to fulfilling this need.
Purple Mat Tape
Imagine that mat tape comes in one color: purple. At the same time, imagine that the head coach doesn’t like purple and proclaims “No mat tape. I don’t do purple.” Thankfully, mat tape isn’t color encumbered, but you get the idea. What on earth does a personal preference have to do with using the best tools for your team’s benefit? Not a thing. It’s childish and selfish.
Wrestling has Enough Challenges
Our sport has plenty of real challenges. Don’t let a personal brand preference get in the way of using the best tools available for the benefit of your team and the sport.
“I don’t do Apple” is bone-headed. Stop it.
(*) Coast-to-coast flight requires ~10 folding maps and roughly 10 chart books, each 1/2” thick. Piloting an airplane is one of the few activities more paper intensive than running a wrestling program.