The end of my first season coaching youth soccer

Saturday, June 9th 2012 was the end of my first season as a youth soccer coach. Somehow, I survived getting to know the boys names, what they were good at, and what they weren’t good at. Getting up early on Wednesday mornings and packing my backpack with a change of clothes, rushing to the men’s restroom at work after 4pm so I can change my clothes, and rush to catch a train. Learning to organize soccer drills, and doing my best to encourage the boys to try and try and try.

So, here we are, the last day of soccer. We had a winning season — we lost against the same team twice in the season, but we either tied or won the rest of the games. So, I’ll call that a winning season. Heck, I thought we were going to lose today’s game, but we somehow tied this game at 2-2. After the game was over, I thanked the parents, handed out the participation medals, and then invited all the parents and kids over for lunch at a local pizzeria in town. Not everyone showed up, but I thought it would be a nice thing to do.

Will I coach again next Fall? I have no idea. It was a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have done it if the League wasn’t short of coaches, and Josh’s team didn’t need me this season. It was certainly a rewarding volunteer experience, and I suppose I’ll do it again if the need arises.

2012 Red Lightning Team Photo

2012 Red Lightning Team Photo

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