I ended up coaching both Liza's and Jason's soccer teams this season. At first I was concerned it might be too much, but turns out I'm loving it! I really enjoy coaching and both of my teams are full of fun players. I love my teams. I love the game. I love being coach!
At the beginning of the season, I noticed some of my girls were just being too nice during games. By too nice I mean not as aggressive as they could be. Giving the ball away too easily. Too nice.
I told them to get attached to their soccer ball. Carry it around all week. Get used to it being near you. Protect it. Don't let anyone take it from you.
It might seem a little strange, but the purpose was for them to start thinking of that ball as theirs so when they got on the field they wouldn't be so nice about giving it away. By keeping a ball near all week long, it had them thinking about WHY they were carrying the ball... to get possessive about it.
There was one girl in particular that I wanted to see being a little less "nice" during a game. During our first game she could have scored several times but she was nice and just let the goalie have the ball.
Well she carried that ball around for a week and came back a different player. She also scored several goals. I was so proud of her.
I love coaching.
But what I love most about coaching is seeing my kids doing what I'm teaching them. They took me serious when I said carry that ball around and don't let anyone take it. My heart almost exploded the first time I checked on them at night and found this scene...
Soccer for life!
Or at least I hope for a good many more years. :)
I love that my kids love soccer... and having me as their coach.
So many people always wish that they could freeze their children in the baby years and keep them little. I never wished for that... because each year is more exciting than the last. Each age brings something new. Each year gives me awesome memories.
My kids sleeping with their soccer balls is now etched in my memory bank and when I think of my 8 and 9 year olds and their first year of soccer... this is one of the images that will always be there.