Coach a kid this fall or better yet, coach your own!
Yep, its back-to-school and that of course, also means back-to-sports. This fall when those volunteer, sign-up notices start to fill your inbox, I hope you’ll join me in trying your hand at coaching. Yes, I know snack duty is tempting and far less daunting. But imagine the impact if every kid’s mom volunteered to coach.
Our sons and daughters need to see us out on the sports field, they need to see us lead and they need to see how we lead, especially when we don’t quite know what we’re doing. I’d never played or coached soccer when I first started coaching, but I quickly discovered my big advantage… I am an adult and they are kids. After that, things got a whole lot easier.
In the end, I learned a lot about soccer, but I learned more about myself and found entrée into the Technicolor lives of a whole group of wonderful, now-teenagers.
So this fall, I hope you’ll join me on the field or court!
I coached kids in soccer for 4 years, two seasons = 8 teams. because my son has autism and I felt I was the best person to help him interact with others. I didn’t know much about the game, only what I knew from high school P.E. class, but I played basketball. Soccer seemed just like bball but on grass and with your feet!
I looked up drills on the internet and a couple of times recruited high school students to help. We didn’t win a lot, but that was never the point. I loved the kids and I think they liked me. I never heard of any complaints from parents or through the rec department who asked backed every season.
My kids grew and decided they liked little league and basketball ~ we moved on! I will always have fond memories of my coaching days. Now I am a high school football mom, coordinating team dinners and running the Boosters snack bar, while dad takes over coaching duties for little league.