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!