Thursday, January 26, 2012

For the Fun of the Game

Sports have always been a part of my life.  I have been blessed with some athletic ability.  I can also say that my kids are following in my foot steps and are enjoying the joy of playing sports.  I have been coaching both kids in basketball, football, and baseball for the past couple of years.  I have enjoyed it very much but there are times when I can say that it is very taxing.  You want your kid to be good and I find myself trying to fix every little thing that they are doing.  Which doesn't help them get better it just makes them frustrated.  Then I become frustrated. I guess the point I am making is the coaching can only go so far then you have to back off and let them spread there wings.  I have been coaching a basketball team the past 2 months they are 5-6 year olds and the thing that I realize is if they are having fun then I am coaching the way I should be.  Sometimes we need to back off with cramming the fundamentals down  their throats and enjoy the game. Learning will come and so will the competitive nature to get better 4,5,6,7,8 and 9 year olds just want to have fun so take this train of thought to the next practice you have. Remember you have to make learning fun and some games, compositions, and a little instruction and your team will get better all the way around.  I want to hear your opinion on the topic?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

That was a foul come on Ref..

I recently refed a basketball game where there were kids having fun playing the game they love.  If you have been around the sport you know that it is sometimes impossible to call everything by the rule book, it's mostly crowd control.  The key is trying to run a program that teaches the rules positively and without conflict. That being said I also coach a kindergarten team that just want to shoot the ball, they could careless about learning anything else.  The point is kids just want to play and have fun.  So if you are parent set back and think alittle less about winning and alittle more about teaching and having fun.  We also need to show our kids that it is not OK to yell at the ref or the coaches and we as coaches and ref need to do the same.  It is tough to show that when you turn on a game and the players, coaches and fans are all yelling at each other. Bench clearing brawels, players, and coaches running in to the stands to fight the fans,  just make it impossible to show our kids the right way to play a sport.  So the next time you are at a practice, game or watching on TV take the time to teach the right things to do and not yell at the ref or coach....not to mention the TV.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Fitness Forum is in conjunction to my main blog I will be posting pictures, videos, answers about different sports or fitness related question that my arise.  So if you have a problem, question, or even a better answer let it be known.