A while back, I heard a quote from my favorite athlete of all time that went : “Just Play! Have Fun! Enjoy the Game!” That was a quote from Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have really enjoyed the time coaching my boys in sports over the past few years. I love watching them light up when they are working hard and having fun. I love the way they get excited when they hear its time to sign up for wrestling. I love how they are able to just “enjoy the game,” no matter the sport.
As a coach, I love being able to take what I have learned and was taught over the years and pass it on down to my kids. For the most part, I am pretty strict with the kids because what I am trying to teach the boys on the field are also lessons that will help them in life. Like how to look at someone in the eyes when they are speaking, answering when asked a question, and never doubting yourself.
Playing sports has also helped them overcome some of their fears and to help build their confidence. I coach a lot of younger kids, and first time players.. Yes, it can be a challenge at times, but worth every second. I always said my goal was not to win every game, but it was for the kids to give me 100% effort and to make sure they had fun while doing it. I want them to say, “I had a blast this year and can’t wait to play again next year!”
This past week was the first week that I was not able to make the game or practice. Becky and I were out of town at a blog conference (you can see all of our pictures from the trip on her Instagram page). I knew that my assistants would do a great job getting the kids ready for the game on Saturday. I told them to keep the kids focused, but if they are doing well on Saturday, go ahead and let them have some fun in the game. For the past 10 weeks these kids deserve it for all their hard work.
After our practices during the week I would call home and when I was talking to our 9 year old, Jack, I asked him how practice went. He said the same thing as always: “It was hard, but good and we are ready to win on Saturday!” He always works hard every practice, so I know he was serious. Another day passed and it was a game day!
During the game, while I was away (4 days away seems like a lifetime when you have four kids!), I was getting updates from my mother-in-law, my fellow coaches, and player’s parents. By the end of the 1st half, we were winning 26-0 and I could not have been happier. Then I get this video, and I had to show everyone I was with. It made me laugh and smile and I knew they were having a blast.
For everyone out there that volunteers their time with kids “Just Play! Have Fun! Enjoy the Game!” You never know where the next Michael Jordan may be found.
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