Soccer Boy, as his name indicates, plays soccer in the spring and fall seasons. For the last two years, he’s also taken on basketball in the winter months. Both of these leagues are recreational–no tryouts, equal playing time for all players. Essentially, they are designed to teach kids the game and get them out there and moving on a regular basis.
Or, at least that’s what I’ve always believed. I have to admit I’ve found this year’s basketball season annoying. Last year, two friends of ours coached the boys. Like Adventure Guy, who coaches soccer, they focused on teaching fundamentals and getting the boys to work together as a team. This year, neither decided to repeat as coaches, leaving us to play under another coach.
Adventure Guy and I both had a little trepidation about joining this team because Adventure Guy coaches against this particular coach in soccer. We’d seen some of his “intensity” first-hand. But one of the coaches from the previous year encouraged us to go ahead and sign up, assuring us that this coach did a good job in basketball.
We decided to go ahead, especially since two of Soccer Boy’s good friends would also be playing. Also, I really want Soccer Boy to continue learning the game because he loves to play horse and around the world out on our driveway. He’s got a nice shot.
Not that we’d know that from his play during the games. Unfortunately, what we’d feared has come to pass. The coach focuses only on two or three of the players, designing plays to always give them the ball and not encouraging them to pass to other players, even when those players manage to get open and in scoring position. I’m sure it’s easy to gather from this post, that Soccer Boy is not one of the favored few.
I hope it’s also obvious to the regular reader that I’m not one of “those” parents. I don’t think my child was born to be a basketball star, nor do I expect him to play more of a role than other boys. But it’s awfully frustrating to see his skills stagnate for lack of coaching and playing time.
We’ve got three more games in the season. Let’s just say those will be our last three games with this coach. I just hope I can talk Soccer Boy into giving basketball another chance next year.