Athens, OH 5 February 2019 –
Over winter break I spent a good amount of my free time as an assistant coach of New Lexington girl’s junior high basketball team. From kindergarten to my senior year in high school, I played basketball almost every single day of the year.
After a few years of being away from the sport, I decided I wanted to get back into it, so in the middle of last semester I contacted one of my previous volleyball coaches and asked if she needed any help coaching her daughter’s basketball team.
A few practices in, I quickly realized coaching a sport is an even bigger challenge than playing it. Being back in the gym and observing the other coaches I learned I had to be even more confident, loud (which is oftentimes a challenge for me), and assertive while also being encouraging.
Coaching seventh and eighth grade girls is actually one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. Although junior high girls don’t always listen very well and sometimes bring drama to practice, I wouldn’t change my first coaching experience for anything.
Coaching these girls who have the same dreams I once had has been an unforgettable experience. Being able to pass down knowledge of something that has had such a great impact on my life is so fulfilling, especially when seeing the joy in the players’ faces after a win or a great accomplishment that they’ve been working on for a while.
There have been many long—usually fun—practices, rewarding wins, and tough losses throughout the season, and it’s been great to be back in the basketball environment.
After several snow days and missed games, this upcoming weekend we are heading into tournaments with a record of 7-6. I hope in my next blog post I can say both the 7th and 8th grade won the tournament and were MVL champions.