So today was my second basketball practice. Our first practice went very well, because we had 9 out of 10 girls show up. Today, we had 5 show up, that’s including my 2 girls and the other coach’s daughter. I really hope that we have more girls show up at the next practice, because we can’t start touching on the basics of how to play defense or set up a successful offense with 5 girls. An advantage to having a small number of girls show up is, that we are able to spend 1 on 1 time with the girls as far as fundamentals go. My girls are the smallest on the team, so the plan was to play them in the 1st and 3rd Quarters; then have the bigger girls play in the 2nd and 4th Quarters. I’m not sure if we can even think that far ahead because we can’t depend on any of the other girls to come out.
I thought that this would be a lot easier than it’s starting out to be, but I am learning very quickly that this is going to take a lot of patience. It really doesn’t bother me if the girls don’t show up, because their parents already paid the registration fee, so it’s their money that was wasted. I’m not trying to be a sour puss, but a call to let me know that your child won’t be at practice would suffice. Since this is Recreation Basketball, every child HAS to be given the opportunity to play. I could go to the Recreation Director and complain, but what is that going to solve? Not a damn thing. If they don’t show up to practice, but can show up to a game, that’s something that I guess I’ll have to deal with. Next year, if my girls say anything about wanting to play Basketball, I am immediately going to shoot that dream down. Why? Because, I’m sure they won’t play unless I coach and “ain’t nobody got time for that!”
I will just stick to coaching soccer and maybe try my hand at coaching softball. I’m getting better at coaching or dealing with other peoples children, so as soon as I get my coaching style down, I will then become the Black Nick Saban of Southeastern Georgia. I will put my own “Process” together and have other coaches coming from the other side of the United States to find out how I do what I do. First, I am going to have to find my sport that I want to coach and get real serious about it. I don’t want to just win, I want to dominate. I know it’s only Recreation Sports, but I want to be “that” Recreation Coach that everybody wants their child to play for. I want the kids I coach to master the fundamentals, because if they master the fundamentals at the recreation level, then it will be a lot easier for them to grasp what they are being taught at the High School/College level of athletics, if that’s the route they choose to go.
I will only take it as serious as the kids. If they want to get better and they show me that they want to get better, then that’s when I will start going above and beyond. I know that I could possibly be that coach that could have an impact on a child in a positive way, but why put everything I have into it, when their own parents won’t give me the same support? I’m still trying to figure out my coaching style, so when that hurdle comes I guess I will deal with it then. As for now, I will just learn as much as I can and find out how to get the best out of the kids that I coach.