First Time CoachingBy Charlie McCormick | December 18th, 2011 | Category: Other Stuph | Comments Off
I guess it’s an experience a lot of dads have, the first time they coach a sport.
Interestingly enough, my first time was with soccer….a sport I know nothing about. But, fortunately, I was coaching kindergarten kids, so they didn’t notice. The most important thing at this age is to make sure you keep things moving and instill some good values. The level of expertise you need can be picked up with a little research on the Internet.
There’s a lot of stuff I don’t like about kids—-oooh, did I just say that —yes, yes, I did. Kids can be pretty mean, and petty, and stupid – very much like adults. I didn’t see any of that with these kids, so that was really nice since I really can’t tolerate it much.
What I do like, is that kids are also so much more honest, willing to try new things, daring, and see life as an adventure, something that should be fun – and they’re still fresh enough to believe that life should be fun.
It was a great bunch of kids, Mikey included, and think they had a good amount of fun. And they really were good. I tried to have a couple of different drills for each practice, but a lot of times was just winging it, but stayed on the focus of keeping things moving.
Practice was an hour in total, half drills and half scrimmage. So figure having four different drills fro each practice, and try to incorporate at least 2 new ones each time should work – and think it did.
Anyway, the video below is mostly images of team members and our ‘awards ceremony’. Couldn’t really take pictures while coaching. The song is by Somali-Canadian artist K’naan who re-wrote it for the 2010 World Cup.
He’s a great artist, and wrote a great song, and he seems really cool about people using it to propagate a positive message. I also like the original a lot, and that’s the second video.