T-man chose to sign up for basketball. He loves any and all sports. He just loves to be active and have fun. He made more than 12 baskets one game! Grandma and Grandpa were keeping count with the girls. It was so exciting, they lost count! So proud of him!
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!
My boy even remembered to Box Out!!!!
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!
Many of you think I am just an unorganized person! But oohhh there is so much more to it than that. It takes a lot of time and effort to be so proficient at procrastination. For instance, do you think I could get the timing of my child running out late to the bus every morning if I gave just a small effort at it? No! Everyone else's kids are waiting at the bus stop up to 10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to be there. That doesn't take any effort! And it uses up valuable time. HA! It takes a great deal of timing to get my child out the door at precisely the moment the rest of the kids have finished boarding. The bus is not here at exactly the same time everyday! Duh!
I have friends who make me look bad. They are crafty, motivated, energetic and full of good ideas. They constantly have FINISHED projects-something I don't even know the definition of. I think it was a great day if I got the kids dressed! So, this blog is my attempt at reverse psychology to motivate myself - or in case that fails it is a good way to gripe at them for making me look bad!