Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I Coach

My passion is coaching youth sports. I've been a coach ever since I was a camp counselor at 15 years old and I can often be overheard saying that one day... I'll be coach youth sports full-time. I wonder how that will happen.

In any case, I'm really into it lately and in addition to coaching my daughter's softball team, I'm coaching two basketball teams this winter. That means games Monday through Thursday with practices on Saturdays. There is so much good stuff a girl (or boy) can get out of a well coached team, that I tend to take it really seriously, putting in time to develop practice plans, setting goals and communicating with parents. Now, I'm only talking about 9, 10 and 11 year olds, but good practice habits and learning game strategy is critical at this stage of their development.

I want these girls to keep playing, even if in recreational leagues for a long time and to develop friendships and work habits that transcend a given sport and help them succeed in their lives. I know, big goals for a guy coaching 11 year olds...

I started blogging my thoughts on coaching on weplay (but recently moved to Wordpress) a while back and just realized that I hadn't really linked to it from this blog. So here you go...

If you are a parent or a coach, check out my blog every so often.

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