We had our first tournament yesterday..

I’m a head coach of an amazing group of 14 year olds. We had our first tournament of the season yesterday, we got 2nd place.

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For the past two years I have been an assistant coach. This is my first year of existence running the damn thing. It’s scary man. I swear, at practice I feel like I got this whole thing down and we are about to get a bid. Then game time comes and every line up we worked on at practice literally disappears because it’s not working.

The crazy part is, no one really teaches you how to coach. I mean you go to clinics, you ask for help, you watch youtube videos, you watch other coaches, but you just, be you.

I think people sometimes forget coaches are humans. We have thoughts. We think about games way longer than most, we just have to “keep it together.” So this is to all the coaches out there, Thank you, for not only giving your time, but giving your love. Though we might be a bit misunderstood from time to time, know we only do this job because we love it. I’m not talking about winning, I’m talking about the love for young athletes and the sport that they  love. Nothing in the world is greater than helping a young athlete, and when it works in a game, they turn to you and smile so big.

14’s is the age where they’re trying to figure it all out. They don’t quite know how big they can celebrate, how wanting the other team to get a bloody nose is normal (hahahahaha), how talking to their setter isn’t being mean but being helpful, how their teammates will probably be their life long friends. These are some key reasons why I love this age group. I get to tell them “be great.”

Though I’ve had many, many glorious teams with phenomenal human beings, this being my first year as a head coach has carried a very special place in my heart.

Loren, you literally are my right hand man. Thank you for always supporting me.

Kaylee, I’m so proud of you. You hustled your butt off and communicated so well.

Abbey, thank you for supporting me. You kept your composure even when I was all over the place.

Brooke, when you went line, this was literally me

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Hailey, you stepped up in key moments. Your energy is so greatly appreciated.

Katie, I am so, so proud of you.

Shelby, the way you constantly look at me when I speak to you, I love that.

Sofia, I love how aggressive you are, I love how hard you work.

Elizabeth, you are such a ferocious one. You just love to swing and I love that.

Kelleigh, I’m so hard on you, I want you to know that I see so much of myself in you. You are such a beautiful soul.

Adiya, you stepped up and truly made a name for yourself.

Lindsey, the way you celebrate brings me so much joy.

To all of you, I’m so so proud of each and every one of you. Though we took second place, and you all know how much I love winning, I was so happy to walk out of that gym with y’all by my side. I love the sport, I love the win, but I love the you peeps more than the score. I want to teach you how to be good teammates, amazing human beings and wonderful, wonderful friends. Everyone in this world knows a good friend is worth more than all the money in the world. So stay strong, hang in there and know, I believe in you and I’m so so proud to call you all my team.

 

 

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