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OT - Kids Teams
This is totally off WAC topic but all about basketball.

I always enjoy coming on here and chatting with fellow fans of the WAC. I coach my son’s 9/10 year old team and he scored his first ever points today. I was so proud!

Our team is off to a slow start and still looking for the first win. We can only practice once a week per rec league rules, but it’s so great to work with the young men and teach skills they’ll use down the road.

Just out of curiosity, does anyone else have kids who are playing or teams they coach? It’s super rewarding. I think I get more excited for them than they do, although watching their faces when they have a great play makes it all worth it.
01-25-2020 12:33 PM
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RE: OT - Kids Teams
(01-25-2020 12:33 PM)Country_Wisdom_359 Wrote:  This is totally off WAC topic but all about basketball.

I always enjoy coming on here and chatting with fellow fans of the WAC. I coach my son’s 9/10 year old team and he scored his first ever points today. I was so proud!

Our team is off to a slow start and still looking for the first win. We can only practice once a week per rec league rules, but it’s so great to work with the young men and teach skills they’ll use down the road.

Just out of curiosity, does anyone else have kids who are playing or teams they coach? It’s super rewarding. I think I get more excited for them than they do, although watching their faces when they have a great play makes it all worth it.

I've run a basketball club for several years. I've coached all three of my kids. My son just graduated from HS last year and my daughters are a frosh and a soph. I will coach them during the AAU season this summer. They are a lot of fun to coach when they are really young.
01-27-2020 10:44 AM
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I did one season of Pre-K/K Tee Ball and learned that coaching wasn't for me. Haha. I'm actually really enjoyed running the administrative/logistical aspects of it (e.g. parent communications, setting up the practice field, etc.), but found out working directly 5 and 6 year olds that aren't my own isn't for me.

My son is pretty good at focusing in, following direction, and staying on task when it comes to practicing and playing sports, so herding other people's cats... errrr... kids during practices and games was a bit of a challenge. Kids are going to be kids, so I figured out the best place for me is on the sidelines just rooting for my little dude.
01-27-2020 11:33 AM
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I feel your pain; I coached my son’s 3 year old soccer team. It was more a photo op for parents than a competitive bracket. Anyway the kids would get so bored that they sat down in the field and picked dandelions and dig in the sand. Coaches were on the field and also refs so I asked them to get back up and in the game. This girl says “but coach I’m tired of soccer ball; I wanna play flowers”.

Coolest part was after the game we’d all line up in front of the goal and each kid could kick the ball in the net and say they scored a goal in front of their parents. A lot of fun and it got the kids into a healthy activity while exposing them to team sports.
01-27-2020 02:52 PM
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To renew an old topic. I coached my son's team (soccer) for 9 years (up to U-17)... and also my daughter's team (U-16) for one year. And after that I coached for 10 more years. My son never minded that I was his coach. He even helped me as an assistant coach after he graduated high school. We were always a rec team, but we did fairly well (got 4th in state one year). I enjoy rec alot more... don't have to mess with prima donnas. I know for sure that for some of the kids I was the only male role model in their lives (single parent kids) and it is likely that soccer kept a few of these kids off the street. As much as I did for them, they did a whole lot more for me. They kept me in shape for all those years and probably improved my health a lot. Plus the rewards of seeing kids (both boys and girls) gain the confidence in themselves and in being part of a team is another reward I can't really put a price on. Many still keep in contact with me after all these years. (FYI, my son is now 31 and my daughter is 35.)
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(08-09-2020 09:58 PM)jjnromero Wrote:  To renew an old topic. I coached my son's team (soccer) for 9 years (up to U-17)... and also my daughter's team (U-16) for one year. And after that I coached for 10 more years. My son never minded that I was his coach. He even helped me as an assistant coach after he graduated high school. We were always a rec team, but we did fairly well (got 4th in state one year). I enjoy rec alot more... don't have to mess with prima donnas. I know for sure that for some of the kids I was the only male role model in their lives (single parent kids) and it is likely that soccer kept a few of these kids off the street. As much as I did for them, they did a whole lot more for me. They kept me in shape for all those years and probably improved my health a lot. Plus the rewards of seeing kids (both boys and girls) gain the confidence in themselves and in being part of a team is another reward I can't really put a price on. Many still keep in contact with me after all these years. (FYI, my son is now 31 and my daughter is 35.)

My son is coming into the prime rec youth sports age (6) & loves every bit of playing soccer, flag football, and baseball. I have coached two seasons of tee ball and a half season of soccer. That was enough to know that coaching other people's kids in youth sports isn't for me. It is satisfying enough for me to have fun playing and practicing with him at home, then giving him permission to only listen to his coaches during games and ignore his sometimes excitable dad in the stands who might yell out some instructions from the stands on occasion.
08-10-2020 10:18 AM
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