20 responses

  1. Moneycone
    April 14, 2011

    I’m sure you’ll do great MR! It is a challenge though for the reasons you mention – especially the parents!

    • Money Reasons
      April 14, 2011

      I hope so!

      After talking to a few guys at work, it sounds like each parent has their own idea what is expected.

      I’ll try to lay down my vision over and over so they know what I’m personally striving for…

      Still, I expect a stressful season since this is my first go at it.

  2. Ravi Gupta
    April 14, 2011

    You’ll do fine. Your primary job isn’t for you to win rather it’s for the kids to have fun, if they win it’s just icing on the cake. Good on you for signing up.. they could have done a lot worse.

    -Ravi Gupta

    • Money Reasons
      April 14, 2011

      Thanks, at least I have experience as a parent in the crowd for the past 6 years.

      I’ll try to correct those grips I had but never voiced.

  3. Everyday Tips
    April 14, 2011

    Coaching can be great fun if you don’t have insane parents. I have been a recreational soccer coach for my kids for 9 years. I was so nervous that first game, but then it becomes second nature after awhile.

    One more benefit of coaching- you can schedule the practices around your schedule!

    • Dan Brown
      April 14, 2011

      Agreed about the insane parents – sometimes it’s a thankless job. Fight through that though, and you’ll find it’s incredibly rewarding.

      Good luck!

    • Money Reasons
      April 14, 2011

      Yeah, it was nice scheduling around my family for once!!!

      My first meeting (a practice) went pretty well, I stumbled briefly until I saw a parent in the crowd with a smirk on their face. That brought me into focus right quick!

      Too bad the first practice had to be canceled because of work being done on the fields. I’m looking forwards to it next week :)

  4. Doable Finance
    April 14, 2011

    It’s not the winning, it’s the sportsmanship, the team work, communications and such. Unfortunately many coaches put a lot of emphasis on winning any which way the players can. They eventually lose and lose big.

    • Money Reasons
      April 14, 2011

      At the level I’m at we don’t even keep score. Of course like all things in live, scoring is important too.

      I’m hoping everybody on the team makes at least one goal and has a great time overall.

  5. Crystal @ BFS
    April 14, 2011

    You’ll be great! My boss just signed up to coach for his 7 year old daughter’s team and is having fun despite the fact he has no previous soccer experience…

    • Money Reasons
      April 14, 2011

      Thanks, I’m actually looking forward to it.

      The team of girls all look like they are athletic too, to boot!

  6. krantcents
    April 14, 2011

    Team sports is so important in people’s lives. It is a great opportunity to instill values such as sportsmanship, character and work ethic. If you get a chance, read some of Coach John Wooden’s (UCLA basketball coach) books.

    • Money Reasons
      April 14, 2011

      I’ll check his books out!

      I’m hoping to teach them the basics, foot skill, passing, teamwork, etc…

  7. jeff
    April 14, 2011

    Good for you. Maybe your daughter will take a huge interest in soccer for the rest of her life because your her coach now.

    • Money Reasons
      April 15, 2011

      Perhaps! she already has 2 years under her belt, and she’s pretty good already. We’ll see :)

  8. 101 Centavos
    April 15, 2011

    I think you’ll do fine. I coached both the boys’ teams for years, more for my younger than my older. I loved doing the 5 and 6 year olds, they were so much fun. As for obnoxious parents, I never really had any trouble. My first meeting of the season I cautioned all the parents that if I *ever* had any trouble from anyone, I would stop the game, call them out and thoroughly embarrass everyone. :-)

    • Money Reasons
      April 16, 2011

      Ahh, good ideas set the expectations up front!

      I’ll see how the first game goes, that’s the moment of truth. I’ve got a lot to learn…

  9. optionsdude
    April 15, 2011

    Good luck with the soccer coaching. The girls will be easy to deal with. They will just want to have fun and socialize. The parents are the tough ones. You would be wise to manage parental expectations (especially those parents who are competitive) early in the season.

    My daughter plays high school soccer and has been playing since she was 4. I never did the coach thing but was a soccer referee for 5 years until I got too busy with all the other kids in our house. Have fun and don’t eat too much ice cream.

    • Money Reasons
      April 16, 2011

      I was hoping to use Ice cream as a big motivator! And maybe even a pizza party at the end of the season.

      My son want to referee games, but he’s only 10 right now. Maybe when he’s a big older they’ll let him.

  10. First Gen American
    April 18, 2011

    The biggest benefit is your daughter and others get to play soccer. My son’s little league team was canceled this season because they didn’t have enough coaches. My husband would have done it, but they wanted someone to commit to mid-week, middle of the day practice times. No wonder you don’t have enough coaches. How many people have that kind of flexibility?

    You are a good egg.

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