I always knew that coaches did a lot. I grew up playing football and I played through my senior year in college. Coaches were always there for us, but it was funny because they never got the credit unless we had a winning year.
Last year, I took over the position of Head Coach for Jack’s football team. I had been the assistant coach since he started playing, but this was my first time as head coach. It was an eye-opener, that’s for sure.
While I expected to get out there and teach these kids some great lessons about the game and sportsmanship, I found out that there was much more to it than that. I only did it for one year, because of the HUGE time commitment, but I had a great year with our son and his friends. I learned as much from them as they learned from me, but I also saw how much time and work goes into these volunteer positions.
I don’t know that parents realize it, so today I am writing a post for all of the parents that have children on any team. Give your child’s coach a thank you the next time that you see them.
10 things parents don’t realize that coaches do:
1- Spend their evenings talking to the other coaches about game plans. We are printing out plans and getting together on the weekend to go over this, at someone’s house.
2- Grab the equipment. An example of this is the water cooler. Did you know that the coach is the one that has to remember this? Becky had no clue, so I’m assuming other parents don’t know either. After grabbing everything that I need for the practice (equipment, bags and bags of stuff), I have to get the water jug, too. The coach is the one that puts in the Brita Jug Filter system. The coach is the one that fills it with water. The coach is the one that has to buy it. (I got our Brita Jug Filter system from HomeDepot.com). The coach is the one thinking about how thirsty these kids will be.
3- Worry about your kids. We already have our own kids to worry about, but when one of our players seems down, we worry about them, too. We ask them what’s going on and we help them.
4- The carpoolers. We are the ones that are picking up kids that don’t have rides. We leave thirty minutes early to swing by that child’s house and pick them up because their mom or dad have to work and we don’t want them to feel left out.
5- They miss vacations to be at the playoff game. We had to move our vacation because we were going to be in the playoff game. As a coach, this is one of those moments that you don’t want to miss.
6- Watch Game Film They watch other teams to see their competition, so we can prep our players to be in the best position to win.
7- Go to safety training. We have to be CPR certified and go to safety trainings, so we can learn the protocol if someone gets hurt or injured. We are making sure that kids are stopping to drink water. Dehydration is a huge factor in sports. That’s why I bring my water cooler with the Brita Jug Filter System. It makes filtering large quantities of water easy & eliminates the need for bulk bottle waste (which would end up all over the field). It comes with adapters for Coleman, Igloo and Rubbermaid jug coolers and even has reminder tags on the filters so you can change it right after the season (every 2 months).
8- We organize picture day. When it doesn’t work out, we are the ones taking the pictures (or our wives are doing it for us, like this year).
9- We are responsible to make sure the concessions are filled and that we have volunteers every week working at the ticket book, the concession stand, etc…
10- We are teaching more than plays. We are teaching these kids to rely on each other and to rely on their coaches. Trust is a huge thing and they have to learn to trust each other. We want them to learn team unity and sportsmanship.
I’m always proud to be a coach and this year I’m proud to help Brita out by promoting their filter systems available at HomeDepot.com. The jug filtration system fits into your favorite jug coolers effectively filtering out chlorine taste and odor from typical tap water. This web site has all the information available about the system and filter. They are honoring the unsung heroes and coaches are one of them. Thanks to Brita for recognizing that sometimes the ones that get none of the credit are the ones most deserving – they are the true #H2OHero . Be a Brita Hero
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