I have never been the coach of a sports team, but last fall, Nick did coach Joshua in his first season of Soccer. Neither of us has ever really been a huge soccer fan, so we were pretty unfamiliar with the rules and regulations relating to the sport. When the coordinator called and let us know that the team needed a coach, and Nick accepted, we began the process of really researching what skills, free soccer drills, and practice techniques would be useful and appropriate for this age group. A software system would’ve been fabulous, but we didn’t know that this type of software existed. So, we forged ahead using spreadsheets to manage everything and ensure that the team was properly managed and the kids were taught the skills they needed to improve their game. It more or less worked, and they did a pretty good job for a team of 7 year olds who’d never played the sport before, against several teams who’d played together for 3 years. Who knew soccer started at 4?! Not me Joshua still loves the sport, though his behavior since the move has cost him the privilege of playing this fall (plus, the snow starts in Oct here, and they play in the snow – THE SNOW!). He is lucky that I’d already signed him up and committed to a sports camp next week, so he’ll be learning Soccer, Baseball, and Basketball from trained professionals, to help him improve his skills. Not that I’m putting any pressure on him about what sport he should play next, but, um, Basketball is played INDOORS, and I may or may not be dropping some heavy hints about that
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