If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll remember that last season was our first one as a sport’s family. My son Gage played (and totally loved) baseball for the very first time. My older children were never that interested in sports, so this was my very first time as a sports mom.
Therefore, we decided to try soccer because we had so much fun as “baseball parents”. Even better, we would let both boys play… which means we will be at the soccer field four days a week.
Sports? What are Sports?
I never played sports, other than Dance Corps my Senior year of high school. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I was just too shy. Shyness is something that doesn’t go away entirely, but when you have kids… you have no choice but to grow out of it… for the most part.
So, back to never playing sports… It’s not just that I didn’t play in school… I didn’t play atT ALL! I tried Cheerleading through the city one year, but I was so self-conscious that I was terrified most of the time (though…claim to fame…Travis Tritt’s wife was one of the instructors so I will always love her to death and think she is one of the most beautiful and super-sweet women in the entire world). I only went for a few weeks. I tried Intramural Basketball in Middle School… but somehow missed that we’d be playing a game in front of the entire school. Oh, HELL no! Never tried that again!
I Know Nothing About Sports
So…ok, by now you’ve figured out that sports were never my thing. That also means that I know nothing about sports. I have tried…really, really tried… to learn about games like football, baseball, etc. They make absolutely no sense to me. I still don’t…and never will…understand what a “down” is in football. It doesn’t matter how many people have tried to explain it to me… I don’t get it. I will ALWAYS be a Gators and Bears fan… but I have no idea what’s going on until my husband explains each play to me.
Anyway… all of this rambling brings me to my point. Somehow, I managed to volunteer to be my 6-year old’s Soccer Coach. Me!!! The out-of-shape, 40-year old (still not used to saying that), most unsportslike person on the planet…has agreed to teach 5- and 6-year old children how to play soccer.
How Did This Happen??
How did this happen, you ask? Well, the Athletic Director (super sweet guy) sent out an email that he was seriously short on coaches. So, I replied (jokingly) that I would volunteer, but I know nothing about soccer, other than there is a ball…and you kick it. He replied LOL…end of email chain.
During the aftermath of the hurricane, I emailed him asking about the Pee-Wee draft. Since most people were without power, the kids have been out of school the entire week, and our city has been experiencing massive cleanup efforts thanks to Hurricane Irma… I figured they would postpone it. He mentioned again they didn’t have enough coaches so they were going to postpone it until Monday.
Official Soccer Coach
I don’t remember how it happened… or what possessed me to make this comment… but I said “If you can tell me what to do, I would love to do it.” Yep, after that I was an official soccer coach. OMG…what did I just do?
What was I thinking? I’m already a full-time working mom (with an extremely stressful job at the moment), who is going to school, while raising a family, and trying to make time for my older children… and studying for the REALLY hard Florida State Direct Disposer test (which I was approved for Thursday!!).
Ok…breathe…it can’t be that hard.
OMG, what if I mess these poor kids up and I ruin the chances that one of them could be groomed to be the next David Beckham? What if they end up hating me, and they see me years later and throw rotten eggs at me?
I started watching every YouTube video I could that referenced coaching 5 and 6-year-old kids. Holy Cow! The number of available videos was incredible! I then realized that I’m probably not the only parent that accidentally volunteered to teach kids something that they themselves have no idea how to do.
I would just like to say BLESS YOU to all of the coaches who posted videos on how to teach young kids how to play soccer. I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!!!! You guys are the most amazing, inspiring people on the planet!! John Murnan has a REALLY great video!
Practicing Our Skills
The boys and I went to our local park Saturday to practice my coaching skills (and their soccer skills, of course). We had SO much fun, and I started to think that maybe this won’t be so bad!! We went again Sunday, and I got to practice some more. Even my hubby had fun with my “coaching.”
On the bright side, the children won’t know if I mess something up, or teach them skills out of order. I just need to pray for parents who aren’t soccer experts.