Soccer Management is Over! Hoops rules!

At least until sometime in March, I am coaching 4th grade girls rec league basketball. Soccer management duties go on the back burner, which may make this a more interesting blog.

[Pause while soccer managers recover from their fit of laughter..."over!?! Hahahaha"...OK...breathe, people,...breathe]

The team's first practice was tonight. Five girls showed up but one had to get to a soccer game so we went with four. For an hour, we worked on footwork and layups. The first time I tried to blow my brand-spankin' new whistle, however, I covered the hole and came out with a lame sounding "pffftt". Still, I felt fairly pleased that my internet research seemed to produce some good drills and there is hope that my one year of high-school coached hoops was enough to shepherd 4th grade girls through a season.

On the car ride home, my daughter critiqued both my coaching and my parenting skills. Coaching turned out to be OK. The mirror drill was fun. Left handed layups are awkward. We should do more sprinting thingys and why didn't we play 2-on-2 full court?

Parenting, on the other hand, received lower marks: "How come when someone else does something right or even just OK you say 'Great!' and 'Wonderful!' but when I do something really good you just say 'good job' to me..." [tears ensued].

Not sure if the four girls who came tonight learned much about footwork or mastered proper layup technique. But I learned a little bit more about being a coach...and a dad.

Looking forward to next week's lesson!


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LB1 December 01, 2011 at 01:02 PM
My son is playing rec basketball. I have to say I'm excited about the break from the crazy pace of travel soccer. My husband is the coach . . . and I have to say that the conversation you had in the car last night is very similar to the conversations they had last year with regard to my son critiquing the drills! Have a fun season! (switched my user name to LB1, because someone else was posting on the site as LB)
Michael H December 01, 2011 at 01:34 PM
LB - You have a fun season as well. I hope the coaching trials and tribulations makes for interesting reading. If your husband has any insight - feel free to share!
LB1 January 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
How's the coaching going?
Michael H January 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
New Post up now, LB. Sorry it took so long and thanks for the reminder.


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