Sitting here this evening, I am one proud coach. I now need to come up with a new goal for my team. They have met and surpassed my goal for the season...and we still have 5 weeks to go. Totally a #firstworldproblem right? I wasn't sure how this season would go, but I am so blown away by their determination, struggle and positivity in the face of adversity. I gave a small analogy to my girls today: I am the den mother and you girls are my cubs. Wolves always seems to be good for team building metaphors for some reason (pack mentality I think). Anyways, I told them that I can't do the work for them. But I am here to guide and mentor each one of them as they become strong as powerful. As a coach, I find this to be the hardest aspect of my coaching duties. I can not make the decisions for them, but can only guide them. On a side note, I think that I could put on a jersey and still look like a player if need be. Only when times get really desperate. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, I couldn't be more proud. Not only are they making the right decisions, but they are executing those decisions as a TEAM. Today, I saw a group of girls become a competitive volleyball team. I was more nervous today for our games than I ever have been. That's because the emotion and the competitiveness was palpable. I WANTED them to control the game and to go for it. I was more invested today than I ever have been as a coach.
Now the problem still remains of finding a new goal. What are the bounds of this team? What are we truly capable of? What is within our reach this season? I am reeling with the possibilities that I wouldn't even allow myself to consider two months ago. This is something that I will need to consider throughout the next week. For now, I want to thank some very important people:
- My assistant coaches
- The dedicated parents who drove players and provided us with food and sugary beverages between games
Back to the drawing board I go. But this time, I get to set my sights a little higher
Mrs. Katherine (Kate) Weber