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[QUOTE]Originally posted by T e x: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by IWISHIHAD: [qb] That's about the last time i did that Boy's and Girls club baseball team. I was suppose to just help out from time to time, but as what happens quite often for those teams as you know, every one bails and parents did not have the time, so it became full time for me. Like you i like working with the kids, but did not want the full time job. I have a grandson starting soccer next year and my daughter already has me signed up as the coach. If you do not offer to coach, you are not guaranteed a spot on the team. Were talking about 4-5 year olds, we need about 10 coaches to keep their attention. I am not much into coaching soccer, but have done it about 4 years when my kids were growing up. This age group is fun, but in a different way, but like you know each has it's plus, i prefer the 8-15 year old range. Since my grandson is on the team we will have a great time as we always do. I know he is looking foward to it and the treats afterward, not sure what order at this point. [/qb][/QUOTE]"Full-time job": lol, and how!...there were times I coached as many as three teams, plus arranging coaches for the other teams. At one point, we had slightly more than a hundred kids. (lol, sorry if you've read this before :) )I did all the PR and all the fund-raising. Could only work (for pay, I mean) part-time... But I wouldn't trade those years for anything I can think of... "4-5 year-olds": yikes, I don't think I could do that again... As you mention, the best age for really learning is sometime 8-12 in my experience. Although in general girls are ahead of boys in "coachability," each kid is different as far as when "the light bulb" snaps on. But somewhere in that age-range is where I'm most valuable: teach fundamentals during the week, then let the game teach on weekends. Is a beautiful process, really... Then it gets real good again, around "after 16" as far as the boys go... by that time they've years of the same system, their fundamentals are strong, yet they know they won't get a hickey for taking risks... That can get pretty awesome... For the really young kids you're talking about, I prefer leagues that don't even keep score. The main lesson there is it's fun to get out and ask your body to fly around doing stuff... Plus, I have a problem with "little league" parents, if you know what I mean...? In one sense, I was lucky dealing with at-risk, inner-city kids cuz we had so had little parental involvement: not much support, but no meddling, either. The few times the "experts" wanted to "correct" my game strategy, all I hadda do was mention we needed assistant coaches...lol *poof* g-o-n-e. As you say, the tendency is to disappear re coaching, but what I mean, I can't tell you how many games we had no parents, or maybe 1-2, 3-4... of course, once we were well known, it changed somewhat... However, lol, you're talking grandkids...doubt I could resist that. Must be a deep, deep joy... [/QB][/QUOTE]
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