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Reaching the Young People

Sitting late on Saturday afternoon thinking…

I am going to be assistant coach for 3-4 year olds.  Squirrel Girl is going to be coaching.  We have “the Force” team.  9 kiddos that might range in age from later 2 years old to nearly 5… kind of a wide range of ages and abilities to pair to a team… but we will see where the next few weeks take us.

Our first practice is this coming Friday. We will meet the kiddos and meet the parents and get our groove on.  The most important thing we will be teaching these kids is that they can.  They are there to have fun… they are there to boogy and wiggle and laugh in the late Friday afternoons and Saturdays (game days).

Today, we had our coach’s meeting.  We did a mock practice with Coach Dan (who is an awesome man who has been in sports for just about his entire life) and it was hard to not become addicted to the “up” personality.  Now… to can that personality and start to emulate it!!!

Songs and games are going to be key.

The thing that struck me most was the most important thing to remember, we are there to have fun and to be silly and get them engaged and excited about moving and being outside.

I think we can do this.  I think I can do this.  I don’t have to know much about Soccer… all I have to remember is to try to make sure the kids don’t ever doubt that they can do anything that they put their minds to… that they are good enough.  This is where the self confidence starts to get built… now… to build it… to maybe have an impact on the lives of our future future leaders…

It sounds way less like herding cats than I thought it would.  It sounds a lot more like what kids need.  It isn’t about making everyone a winner, it is about giving every one the self impression that maybe they aren’t just a loser.