They Call Me Coach
Is it true you ask… Did you really volunteer to be a coach for a boys soccer team Eloise? Yes, this is definitely true! I signed my son up for the team waiting for the season to start when all the parents received an email stating that all teams in the boys division needed volunteer coaches or else it would be delayed or canceled. They needed parents to step up and take on the role of the coach. I couldn’t sit back and watch the soccer season end before it even started, so I said ‘hey, sign me up, I’ll be coach!’
What A Coach Provides
The awesome thing about coaching is that you can make a positive impact in each of your teammates lives. You not only teach the fundamentals of whatever sport you’re coaching, but you’re teaching many life lessons as well. You’re teaching communication throughout the team and staff, teamwork, time management (being on time to games and practices), fitness, good sportsmanship, and how practice makes permanent (meaning it becomes natural without thought!) All the lessons can switch over to the real world and be used in each stage of life, that makes coaching rewarding and important.
Are you a coach? (if yes! high-5!) OR Do you want to become a coach? then check out your neighborhood parks and schools to see how you can get involved!
…And This Is How The First Practice Went!
My Memorable Moments!
I’ve decided to only point out the memorable moments for me instead of bore you with the step by step details (you’re welcome!)
- Introduction- ‘Red team circle around’ I shouted… ‘Let’s pick out our jerseys so if I don’t remember your name I can call you your number.’ All excited they pick their jerseys and put them on. The whole team is turning around shouting what number they got, super happy. Then I tell them we’re going around the circle to introduce ourselves and say whether they’re new to soccer or have played before. (I need to know this as a coach!) All is going well when it gets to my son’s turn and he has that stinker face like he’s got a master plan that he’s about to unleash ‘My name is Mr Mc Fuzz-Bucket’ he says. Does the team laugh? Yes they do! Now the goofball syndrome is just as contagious as a smile or a yawn, so I’m sure you know what happened next… Don’t worry I got it back in order in a clever way and they didn’t even notice! HA!
- Stretching- ‘Let’s stretch our legs team’ I tell them. Why? one kid asks. So we don’t cry I replied. They looked at me with a confused crazy look and replied ‘Cry?’ I cracked a smile and said ‘if we don’t stretch we’ll cry later, that’s how injuries happen kids!’ We all sit down to start stretching our legs and I say let’s count so loud EVERYONE at the park can hear us which they loved doing. (the reason I did this was because some kids were shy and I wanted them to loosen up a little and be goofy and have fun as a team!) Then I cracked a few jokes here and there and asked them if they liked my purple poke-a-dot socks, only one kid said no in a joking way because they’re awesome socks!~wink~ By the end of stretching we all were a lot closer/more comfortable… it worked Mwah haha!
- An Exercise- Okay I’m splitting you guys up into 2 groups, 4 to a group! 3 of you are going to form a triangle, one of you will go in the middle and we’re going to play pickle in the middle. They grow quiet and have blank looks. ‘Ummm, what’s up guys?’ finally one answers ‘what’s pickle in the middle?’ ‘What? you don’t know pickle in the middle?’ I thought they were messing with me, but nope! Still blank stares heading my way… ‘Are you guys messing with me?’ they shake their heads no. ‘Do you mean ‘monkey in the middle?’ ‘Wait a minute, you mean to tell me your generation changed the name of this game? What has this world come to?’ They laugh and repeat ‘pickle in the middle’ as I’m slowly realizing ‘Holy crap Eloise, old age is sneaking up, you are no longer in the loop, the games you’ve once played are now being called something else!’ Needless to say it was a good exercise for passing to each other in an accurate timely way as well as defense for the PICKLE in the middle!
- Every 5 minutes- I was asked ‘can we scrimmage? can we scrimmage? is it time to scrimmage?’ Until I turned to the main kids asking and said ‘you’re killing me smalls!’ And this distracted them as we talked about that awesome movie ‘Sandlot’ as I got extra cool points for saying that! We DID scrimmage after a couple more exercises and they were happy!
- Truth!- Truth be told… I love when ‘They Call Me Coach!’ I’ve played high competitive soccer for many years. I’ve had great coaches that will always hold a special place in my heart which I hope to have for the youth I coach over the years. It’s just the beginning!
- And one more thing!- There was an awesome double rainbow that my team spotted and ALL the parents sitting on the sidelines got up and whipped out their cells to take photos of it! (of course I quick snapped a photo too!)
As adults we need to step it up and do what’s right, VOLUNTEER! Make a difference in the youth, be a part of their lives. You may help them along, drive them to be their best, guide them to a good path/future. Kids need adults (coaches/teachers/mentors) along side of their parents to be good role models. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of those amazing kids and I hope to bring them some happiness, more confidence, and pass on a few life lessons.
The good news is ‘YOU CAN TOO!’ Volunteer!
Take care readers!
1st photo by: sports5.ph
last photo by: morlandstrength.com