Wherever you are in your life there are always lingering doubts in your own mind that hinder you to be less than confident in certain circumstances.
For me my doubts revolved around my writing and its ability to captivate the reader which is you, this started last year when I finished the Cape Epic and as you can see this is also my first blog post since the 29th march 2014. this doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing it just means that I took a bit of a break from blogging to find out for myself what this blog was actually for.
I can go on all day about what has happened to me in the last year but I wont, I would however like to take you on a journey that has captured my attention and has supported me to find a love that I never thought possible.
11th March 2014
HOCKEY COACH REQUIRED AT SCHOOL.
Hey wait a minute I was good at hockey when I was at school, lets do this!!
So my journey as a coach has officially started.
What did I expect? yes I expected 15 young hockey players that knew what they were doing to arrive at training and then start to do dribbling drills, running work and shooting at goals like I remember doing when I played… HOW WRONG WAS I!!!
I got given the Grade 4 hockey girls. The thought was scary in itself seeing as I am quite a performance orientated person and not knowing if these girls could even stop a ball when hit at them, let alone run in a straight line scared me to my wits end. Then came the actual control of these girls, they never stop talking and asking questions.
I am sitting here chuckling at myself thinking WOW! I was a mess that first training, I hadn’t prepared a session at all so I went in there blindly wanting to do a few drills that involved running around cones with the ball on their stick however this wasn’t to be. instead what I got was a bunch of girls like hungry pack hounds when they saw the ball and all they wanted to do was swing their sticks at this object and hopefully make a connection, which was exactly how it went for the first ten minutes until I had finally sorted out a register of sorts and got them all to sit down.
This chaos ensued for the rest of the session where I eventually sat down and breathed a sigh of relief while their parents dragged them off kicking and screaming because they didn’t want to go home.
As it turned out I wasn’t scared away I was hooked! I wanted to mold them into young superstars and nothing was going to stand in my way…
I bashed heads with these girls to the point where I had a completely silent training with them a few weeks into our hockey season. I got so cross with their chatter and “know it all” attitude that I literally threw a few balls into the middle of the field and sat down. turns out I was the one with the “know it all” attitude and in the end these girls have taught me a few valuable lessons.
1. They are young, they are playing hockey because their moms and dads want them to.
2. The only way I was ever going to get through to them was by playing the sport with them and showing them how much I love hockey
3. While they are out on the field running around with a smile on their face there is no reason to stop them from carrying on.
4. Setting boundaries is more difficult when I myself do not prepare.
5. Grade 4 girls are just like any other girl they do have mood swings and they do have social problems, trying to ignore them will just make them worse :-)
6. I Love coaching! I have found this journey to be extremely fulfilling as I can see growth in myself every time I arrive for training.
7. Without a few wake up calls and a solid support structure I would never have been able to arrive at this point of loving sports again so passionately!
8. Meeting new people is always fun no matter how old or how young they are.
I also learnt that if I am able to make an impact in someones life no matter how small an impact it is that ripple effect can be seen for years after. For me this ripple effect is two fold:
I have been trusted enough to coach a completely different sport at the school and one that I have never played competitively, this is also a huge challenge but I am definitely up for it.
All of the parents that had their girls in my team last year want me to coach the same team again this year.
These two things alone motivate me to do my best so that in turn I can learn from these girls in order to grow as a person.
To finish off my blog post I would like to direct you to an amazing blog by a very special person who will definitely benefit your life just like she has done mine!
and lastly a Quote that I came up with a few moments ago:
If all of the trees in the world were to bow down in your honor, which one would give you shade?