Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Just Call me Coach... again...

Soccer Coordinator (SC):  Wow, it says here that you're coaching... 3 teams?
Me:  Yup.
SC:  On purpose?
Me:  Yup.
SC:  Wow... uh, why?
Me:  Well, our youngest just came home from China about 6 months ago, so he can't really speak much English yet.  So I have to coach him.
SC:  Un-huh...
Me:  And then our send youngest, well, if I'm coaching the youngest, you know I'm gonna have to coach her as well.
SC:  Un-huh...
Me:  And then the 3rd one is playing on the same night as the 2nd, so I'm at the field anyway...
SC:  Are you sure you're up for this?
Me:  What?  Are you kidding?!  Absolutely!  It will be great.
SC:  Why is your eye twitching?
Me:  No reason.  No reason.
*awkward silence*
SC:  Did your wife sign you up to coach all 3 teams?

So yea, just call me Coach... again.  It's been a pretty fun year.  I did coach 3 teams this year... which was a record.  I think any other year, I was only ever coaching two of our 27 children at one time.

Coaching Bing's team was... awesome.  Yea, coaching U3 soccer is kinda like trying to herd cats... but not normal cats.  No cats who have broken in to the catnip lock up at the local po-po station, and then chased it down with a few cans of Red Bull.

I liked what one of the other coaches said to me as we were wrapping up tonight.  She grabbed my arm, and looked a little shell shocked as she asked...
Other U3 Coach (OU3C):  Do you think, do you think that... you know, anyone was... dissapointed?
Me:  Nah, I think the parents have come to understand what U3 soccer is.
OU3C:  Oh, phew... good.  Cuz you know, I'm a teacher, and I'm not used to this.  I'm used to a little more...
Me:  ... structure?
OU3C:  Yeeeeeesssss!  That's it!  Structure!
Me:  Yea, previous years I tried adding more structure, but really, it dosn't matter.  I think at this age, they are good for about 15 minutes, then they are done... no matter how you run the practice.
OU3C:  Oh good.  And I'm sorry about my kid.
Me:  Your kid?  Oh gosh.  Was he puching you, kicking, scratching and on the ground screaming most weeks?
OU3C:  Uh, no.
Me:  Then he did good.  Don't worry about it.  It would be a LOT easier if my child wasn't here.
Me:  It's because they know... your kid knows that they can be naughty and there is nothing you can do.  It's like, 'You can't get mad at me!  There are too many witnesses!'.

Ahhhhh well, another year almost done, and can't wait for next year.  :-)


  1. Lukai has grown so big and he is as cute as ever..Hope you guys are doing well!! Noah has been home 4 months now..what a huge difference we are seeing in him as well!!

  2. Hats off to you, Dad! And, good luck!!

  3. love your discription of U3's "playing" soccer!!! I am sure you are out in front for dad of the year coaching 3 teams!