Coaching is a lot like life
Coaching a team in any sport is a lot like moving through life.
You have to make decisions that will impact the future of the team regardless of how others feel about them.
In turn, each decision you make will teach you something you did not know before making that move.
Just as you grow as a person, you grow as a coach.
There are going to be aspects of life you know nothing about, just as there are when running a team.
There are times you have to rely on other people for guidance and help along the way.
It makes sense life and coaching are mirrors of each other. In sports, games are just microcosm of the world.
There is conflict on numerous levels, some bigger than others, and how you deal with those conflicts will define you as a person and a coach.
Just like life, as you move through coaching you will meet an ever-evolving cast of characters.
It’s simple really. Just like life, as you move through coaching you will meet an ever-evolving cast of characters.
Some will stay with you forever, while others will flash through during certain moments in time.
Maybe it’s that player who only chews dill pickle sunflower seeds, or Big League Chew.
Or, it’s the player who tapes his hockey stick a certain way. It takes all kinds, it really does.
You’ll undoubtedly meet the player who must undertake a certain number of steps before entering the playing space. You will marvel at the fact that if they do not perform each step exactly right, their head might explode.
As a coach, there is the added pressure of dealing with a person at their emotional lowest, while at the same time managing their highest point.
Over the weekend, I was a part of a coaching staff that took a group of midget-aged baseball players to the championship game of the AA provincial tournament July 4-6 in Conception Bay South and Mount Pearl.
While I didn’t make any life altering decisions, when on the bench you’re responsible for making sure everyone knows their roles, amongst other duties.
Those roles included making sure players who didn’t play a whole lot stayed ready in case they had to go in.
Obviously, those players are down because they aren’t playing. Keeping them engaged can be a challenge.
Do you joke around with them or chide them to keep supporting their teammates?
Luckily, these players were more than accepting of their roles making things a lot easier.
It is a balancing act, really.
All you can hope is the decision you make does not have an adverse effect on the players under your charge.
That’s where the two realms really converge. That point where the decisions you make create a ripple through the rest of the universe.
Like a boat skimming across the surface of a pond, a coaches’ decision can create a wake that will be felt through the team.
You never know how these wakes will affect everything you are trying to do.
It is what makes it fun and completely terrifying at the same time.
Just like life.
From the notepad:
• Congratulations are in order to young baseballers Stephanie Crane, Victoria Reardon and Noelle Drover. The trio of female players were named to the provinical under-16 bantam girls team. It should be an exciting summer for the three ... A belated congrats to Kelly’s Landing in the Bay Roberts 19-and-over Slo-Pitch League, who took the provincial qualifier tournament championship late last month ... I’m hearing the Hitmen and the Outsiders are among two of the teams taking part in Super Sports Weekend in Bay Roberts. Should make for an exciting tournament ... Riverhead’s Dan Cleary signed for another year with the Detroit Red Wings for $1.5 million ... Nobody asked me, but I have a feeling LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland.