Many parents do not volunteer to coach sports at the kid’s school when the call is made. Those who turn down the opportunity may do so because they do not think it is something they are up for while others are not comfortable with the task. It is even worse when the schools are looking for a volunteer coach in sports. Before you turn down the opportunity, you should understand that it is not such a bad experience.
You would be happy to know that the school offers you all the support, instructional materials and even resources you require for this process. You will learn so much within such a short time. Also, it gives you the opportunity to spend some quality time with your child. Another merit you get from volunteering to teach a little league is the opportunity to develop rewarding relationships with helpers as well as parents.
Adulthood makes people so busy and unless you run in certain circles it will not be that easy to make friends. Therefore, coaching a little league puts you in the same place with other parents who have kids in the grade and they are also excited about team sports and working out. A lot of the families which plan holidays together or travel started this way. You can even meet mentors while coaching. With new friends comes an emergency backup or potential carpool.
Volunteering to coach a little league is also good to help the kids build character or even life-skills. A lot of players in team sports learn positive values during this phase. The values include leadership, fair play, having fun, problem-solving and also a responsibility. They will find self-confidence, responsibility and even effective communication essential for the rest of their life. Also, you will have the chance to test and develop your patience.
Coaching a little league also allows you to share in the achievements and fun. There will be moments when everyone looks deflated and tired but the better part is that you can change that by expressing how happy you are about the achievements they have had so far. Don’t think that the only reason you should be celebrating is that the win was big.
Even if all you get is a single smile, it will be encouraging enough for you to keep doing it. You should remember that for many of the kids it is not about qualifying for the nationals but just having fun and when you also begin having fun with the process you will find it very fulfilling. You will be really proud of your work and the team when you walk with them as they learn useful life-skills, gain confidence and also enjoy the sport.