Saturday, March 5, 2011
Yes, I did actually coach - and it was fun!!
Knowing that I get crazy when I am limited to a schedule, I signed up to be his basketball coach. I have never really coached before. I was REALLY nervous! The dad of the most talented boy on the team would come to every practice and sit there and watch - that was really intimidating to me. However, I was able to tune it out by telling myself that if he didn't like what I was doing, he could sign up to be the one out there next year! :)
I decided my goals for the year were...
1. To have fun - This one was easy, because the boys just loved to be out on the court. We ran different drills that helped them learn to hustle, be competitive and be team players.
2. Help the boys develop basic skills. The boys ALL increased their knowledge of the game and really learned some valuable skills. They learned to dribble, pass, shoot and make lay-ups.
3. Have every boy feel successful. You should have heard these boys keep their own score in their heads! HILARIOUS!! One boy would say it was 18-12. One would say it was 22-10. But wouldn't you know it, we were always AHEAD!! What winners we were - if not only in our own minds. But that was the goal afterall!
4. Have every boy make a basket in a game. This one almost didn't happen!! We have one little guy on our team. When I say little guy (he's 8, but my 4 yr old daughter is taller). But, boy was he tenacious. Small problem, he couldn't throw that ball high enough to reach that 8 1/2 foot basket! The talented boy I mentioned before, was such a team player though. I taught him how to set a pick and he would pass that ball to Jonathon and pick for him, trying to help him get his basket!! The last game, Jonathon managed not one, but two baskets!! You should have heard the cheering!
So, with my four goals realized, I myself felt successful and will have to give this coaching thing another go!