Yes, you read the title right. I am coaching soccer. How did this happen you say? Did I always want to be a soccer coach…no not really I’m kind of terrified of children in mass quantities. Not really, but I have absolutely no experience unless you count that I ran a home day care…which could be compared in a small way to hurdling kids up and down a soccer field right?
So how did this happen? Well, apparently when I signed Braidy up for soccer I checked a little box accidentally that indicated I was interested in being a coach. I didn’t realize I did this, so when we got our team rosters it was quite funny.
I’m looking at the list of coaches and say to my husband, “Hey look the coach has the same name as me for Braidy’s team.” He’s also looking at the same email and says….”Um, Babe, Braidy is the only Jones on the team, I think you’re the coach!” I said, “Nah, why would I be the coach?” I mean they didn’t even ask me if I wanted to coach, at least that’s what I thought.
It took all day for it to finally settle in that I indeed was coaching micro-soccer. At first, I was thinking…how do I get out of this? But reality set in, and I knew that every coach was a parent volunteer, so I had a 1 in 7 chance of being the coach. All in all, I think its good experience for me.
I decided to go ahead and make up a snack schedule for parents to sign up for during games and a game/practice schedule parents can keep. I figured if I had anything going for me as a first-time coach, it would be that I’d at least be good at making sure parents have the information they need. Also, my awesome wonderful hubby decided to be my assistant coach. How cool is that? It was great because I really had no clue what kinds of activities to do with the kids and how to rally them around. I had forgotten most of the warm up drills Jaydon did from when he was in soccer and the only thing I remembered was “shark attack”. So we did that game, we had the kiddos dribble their balls in a circle and taught them to kick the ball with the inside of their foot, which didn’t go over well with one kiddo, but that’s okay, I told him to do it however he felt comfortable doing it, because we are here to have fun. Then we had our first game about 20 minutes after we all met.
It wasn’t as frightening as I had initially thought. I think overall it will be a pretty good season.
Despite all my fears of coaching at first, I think they went away as soon as we started the game. A lot of coaching micro-soccer is just cheering them on and directing them where to go and making sure each player on the team feels like they are apart of the team. I think Braidy had fun, and having fun with it, is really all that matters.
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