Enlightenment On The Basketball Court

Last year my son started basketball on Saturday mornings. The program is run by a local group and I was asked to volunteer from time to time.

This year I took on a bigger role volunteering to coaching/assistant coach every week during my son’s time slot (5-7 year olds)

Up until today, I never really looked forward to it. I’ve always liked the idea of coaching but I would prefer to coach kids who were a bit older and more quickly able to pickup what we were teaching.

But today, something entirely different happened. I was assisting another coach to run a practice and I really took the time to get involved. I suited up and did the drills with the kids. I even played on a team who was short handed at the end of practice.

I was on a mission to have fun.

The kids responded like I could never have imagined. While originally shy and intimidated, now they were fully out of their shell having fun.

We played a huge game of chase at the end every kid running and laughing trying to catch me. Eventually they caught me and tackled me and we were all just having a blast.

Later my wife told me she was talking to another parent who said that her son now smiles and loves coming to basketball to see the “new coach” (a.k.a Me).

Hearing this was one of the coolest things ever. In an instant, my entire perspective on my volunteer role as a coach has changed. I’m having a REAL impact on these kids, even if its just 1 hour a week.

My passion is coaching and motivating and here I was, almost dreading my role as coach for these great kids (due to a lack of perspective and still kind “learning the ropes as a basketball coach”) … now I’ve totally turned it around.

Another excellent example of how many things in life are actually incredible experiences, but we can easily miss them if our attitude and vision is not in the right place.

Time to work on my coaching plan for next weekend!

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3 Responses to Enlightenment On The Basketball Court

  1. Kate Loving Shenk October 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Waking up to the joys of the moment is a great blessing! In-Joy!
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  2. Carl October 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Awesome work Justin…coaching can have such a huge feeling of contribution, and the knowing that you are making a positive difference in someone’s life is priceless.

    On many occasions I have been a coach mainly to young to middle aged adults and the feedback I would get was so inspiring. I had the challenge of working with teenagers over a period of 8 months and there were different challenges and the hurdles I overcame were so encouraging I would do it all again given the opportunity.

    When these teenagers would see me in public they would make a point to come to me and talk to me, giving me encouraging words and inspiration. It was nice to know I made a difference in their lives each time we met…now this was not the case with all but majority enjoyed the interaction between myself and their group.

    That was 6 years ago and to this day some of those young people still make it a point to search me out in a crowd to carry on a conversation. I love it.

  3. John Harmer October 27, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    Coaching kids is just the best ever. They are so open to learn new ideas while getting fit, and have fun at the same time.

    I coached netball and rowing for quite a while. I often think I got more out of it then the kids. specially since i had to go get coached myself first so I couldn’t teach them bad habits. LOL
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