I always thought that there would be nothing better than playing a sport you love to play. You know the process, the game day prep, the pump up tunes, team meeting, getting hyped, the adrenaline rush when you take the field or go up to bat, and just the team atmosphere. But I was wrong. There is something that matches that feeling of playing a sport you love – coaching a sport you love.
My goal, as a coach, is to develop, not only the skills they need to play the game, but the love for the game. I want them to appreciate the little nuances of the game – to look at a team we are playing and have them see what they are doing well and where the weaknesses are. I love it when I look up from writing the line up and see them watching the other team warming up, talking about how what they see. I want them to understand the game – so they can, in turn, coach the next generation to love this game.
This team though – this year was so much fun. This team has so much potential and a few times throughout the season I saw flashes of brilliance out on the field and I got excited. I was excited because it was starting to click – they were starting to not just go through the motions but they were playing the game, understanding the game. We had so many compliments from other coaches about our catchers, our infield and how they covered and played, our pitchers mechanics, our base running and just how consistent they were in playing the game. I watched each and everyone of our girls do something that we worked on in practice and have it transfer over to a game. Just to highlight – a headfirst slide, delayed stealing (that even surprised me), a grand slam, a bomb of a throw from Left Field to home to get the runner out, framed pitches, and change-up pitches. They played as a team, they won as a team and lost as a team – and I can hands-down guarantee, that win or lose, we were having the most fun out there. Just ask any one of the girls on this team what time it is and you let me know what they say! #dingertime
A huge shout out to my co-coaches – the endless energy and hours they put in, the way they know how to explain a concept or what to say to get the most out of the girls. I could not do this without them. It takes a team to coach a team, and I am so glad these two are on my team. Kali – who has been there from the start is the calm to my storm. She has a way of getting the girls to dig deep and play from their hearts. Her quiet confidence keeps me (somewhat) calm on the bench. Chantal – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made was asking her to help coach these kids. I’m not sure if I’ve met anyone who loves this sport more than she does and that infectious love of the sport was instantly passed onto the team. The wealth of knowledge she brought to this team is priceless.
Our season ended at provincials this past weekend, our goal was to make it out of our pool and play on Sunday , which we did. And when our season ended, we did what we do best, had fun. Team pictures – water fight – and crushing a piñata. Thank you girls for a great season – it was one to remember and one I won’t forget. I am so proud to be your coach and I can’t wait for next year. #gocents