I have been blessed with a son that wants to try everything; he is a sports enthusiast and so Spring 2015 comes along and he wants to play ball…and soccer…taekwondo; it seems a bit much but we will figure it out. Just when I think that we cannot get busier we need to volunteer for the Minor Sports League, pick something; coach, assistant, manager, coordinator, working concessions etc. Years of fastball is in my blood and so this decision is “easy” Coach it is! After all, this ought to be easy in comparison to coaching 300 team members in a billion dollar company. How much can 3 and 4 year olds test me, right?
May 4th comes quickly and at 3:30 in my office I stop and think; “Uh Oh, 1st ball practice is tonight, what is my plan…I don’t have a plan yet…shoot…I am too busy right now to think about ball or a plan or anything…so I will just wing it, surely it can’t be that hard; they are only 4 yrs. old, and I have another coach. I’ve got this covered.
Practice 1 – turns into Coach Sheena +7 (no, I did not scare 2 away, they just never showed up). The 7 that did show up sure are cute, hopefully they listen. 7:30 practice is over; they are still cute, but I can tell that listening could be a problem – I should have had a plan, oh well, we meet again Wednesday night. Twice a week for 8 weeks, I might run out of ideas!
Lesson 1 for Coach Sheena: Regardless of the size & age of your team, you need a plan.
Practice 2 – “Hey Tommy, you can’t eat shale”. “No we can’t go play at the park because we are here to learn to play ball” “Does anyone what to play ball? No? Hmmm” “Ok, how about Mr. Wolf to warm up!” All I hear are “yay’s and see 7 kids jumping up and down very happy about Mr. Wolf”. I tell them that if they listen really well and participate in all the activities that each person will get a sticker at the end of practice. An hour later and it is a success; they listen, we play catch, they learn the bases and run a lot. Everyone gets a sticker and these “Little Tigers” are excited. Regardless of the reward, people are driven by recognition for good, hard work!
Lesson 2 for Coach Sheena: Set expectations, recognize achievements and offer a reward.
12 practices later and my patience are still being tested. We are still playing Mr. Wolf, we have introduced Simon says, playing in the shale is not going to stop (at least we are no longer telling them that they can’t eat it) but most of all we are having fun and we have even learned a few things. As I write this, I still wonder why these kids listen better to “Simon” then they do to “Coach Sheena”. Perhaps my next email to my team members will be “Simon Says”.
These 7 kids learned to cheer each other on and the other team as well, not to give up when they miss the ball, swing for the fence and keep their eyes on the ball. We have taught them that it is just a game and we are here to have fun
Coach Sheena has learned
The lessons taught are invaluable and at the end of the day success is achieved by a team, not by one single person. Hard work and dedication is key, patience and acceptance is equally important.
Coach Sheena is done with 4 yr. olds… at least for 2015.
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