I will be the first to tell you that I know absolutely very little about the game of soccer. But because I love my son, I have coached his soccer team for the past three years. It is a time consuming process that involves calling parents, scheduling practices, filling water coolers, scheduling game day hot dogs, ordering trophies, coaching games, and even on some occasions being the referee for said games. It is mostly a thankless job but sometimes you get a group of kids that make you want to sign right back up and do it again. The Cruisers were that type of team.
I was so proud of the boys as we finished our season last night with a tie. Our overall record was 2-1-3. Given that I have not coached a winning game in my previous two years, I consider that a great accomplishment. They kids were a very good group of kids. We were not overly talented, but we had heart and just the right combination of kids who were either good on offense or good on defense. After I passed out trophies to all of the kids, one of them came up to me and told me I was the best coach he has ever had. That made me feel really good and reminded me why I do this. I can be hard on the boys and work them even harder, but I just want them to learn what it means to be a good teammate and stick with something like sports. It might just keep them off the street one day!
Now that soccer is over we will start getting ready for baseball in the spring. My son already has his ball and glove out and I look forward to doing some little things this winter that will hopefully give him an added advantage when it comes time to put the spikes back on. We spent the extra time we had this morning before school throwing a balled up sock back and forth to each other. We may drive his mother crazy!
Speaking of coaching! The Atlanta Braves have a new one. Freddie G. will be named the new Braves Manager on Thursday. I look forward to a new excitement around Turner field next year.
Here's to all of you coaches out there! Keep up the good work and I want to thank you for all that you do for our children!!