Sports loom large in the current world and while there are numerous insidious aspects to this, sports value, and most especially soccer team value in kids should not be underestimated. Soccer is the most loved sport in the world making it the best for kids to practice. I love soccer and that is why I thought of coaching soccer to a group of youth in my local area.
I have been coaching soccer for a long time now and this is something I cannot regret doing. The last game of this season captured the essence of coaching and playing well. Every single kid that I trained was trying his best to play to the top of his ability. Seeing them compete effectively against a very good team, attacking storm in the first half and scored a goal gave me morale. Such happenings are what keep me going and willing to make them better than they are.
As kids get older, they naturally develop their personal life which means there will be fewer ways for their parents to get involved. However, I realized even for those teenagers who are in most cases determined to shut their parents out, they usually tolerate them attending their games or paying them a visit during training. This is why I organized a parent’s day for my soccer team and sent out invitation letters to them. Surprisingly, all parents attended and kids were happy to see them.
I made parents understand that at the beginning or in the middle school, mean girls and cliques can be social minefields, and boys can divide themselves into groups with defined lines, which can end up harming their future. When a child joins a soccer group, this can be beneficial since the group cuts across all social divides bringing together kids from different groups. Being part of a team helps kids learn more positive things from one another and develop a sense of belonging.
On that parent’s day, I realized that one of the parent’s dilemmas is when to push a kid, and when to back off. This is because the issue surfaces in every aspect of their lives; from academic, music, to sports. However, I made them realize that for every child, there is a different answer because for every family there is a different story. But when it comes to sports, there are some universal truths. With soccer, many things will happen. Games will be won, some will be lost, a child may incur injuries, he might hate the coach when disciplined, but all this will be for his good because this will form a strong foundation that his future will rest upon.
After having a meeting with parents and allowing them enjoy watching their son’s play, I invited some of them to share what they do for a living and hear of their recommendation for their kids.
I realized that majority of them were business people who own their own companies. Others were pilots, affiliate marketers, real estate agents and owners, construction engineers, hotel owners, chefs, and nurses. One of the last ones I spoke to was a big time doctor in California. Another interesting parent was a sales manager for a major scotch company. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all types of liquor and he shared a few good resources to learn more about liquors. If you are interested, you can visit otheralaska.com to learn more about scotch. Surprisingly, none of them was in sports industry but they seemed to admire my career choice.
When I asked them about their recommendation for their kids when it comes to career, there was this one man who surprised me, he wished for his son to venture into construction work duties. Others recommended medical fields, banking, engineering, and management. However, some recommend chef jobs since and they felt it served better. But what made me happy was the fact that all of them thought that playing soccer was the best career for their kids and asked me to make sure they become gurus in football.
The day was fun, getting to know my team member’s parents and hearing what they have to say about their kids motivated me to continue coaching them.