24 hours in coaching is HAVING
10 pm. Sitting at my desk. Working the next day’s practice. Within reach is a list of things that HAVE to be done before practice, a list of things that HAVE to be done for my home/family/self, and a list of HAVE TO BE DONE things for everything else in my World.
For everything that gets checked off the list two HAVEs get added.
24 hours in Coaching is PEOPLE
An athlete no longer can be on the team. A peer calls — cracking under the pressure of his coaching job. A student athlete drops by to show me a GREAT test grade . . . another student I’m mentoring (about time management) can’t find the time to show up to an appointment.
A preseason team meeting is a room filled with anxious young adults excited and anxious about the start of season, and staffed with several assistant coaches stoked with plans and desires to excel. And a salesman wants to “just show me a few things” unannounced.
At home one of the last family dinners till after the season takes on an air of somber extra importance.
24 hours in coaching is WORRYING
Will the equipment break? Have all the forms been completed? What about that hotel for that trip two months for now . . . and the food for the trip in two weeks . . . arrggh . . .
About the recruit who is spending the night . . .
About the oil and gas mixture . . . (for our launches)
About the location of our Conference championships . . .
Worries, worries, worries.
24 hours in coaching is SMILING
At the good stuff that happens.
24 hours in coaching is LAUGHING
At my friend the lawyer who complains about his choice of professions.
24 hours in coaching is THINKING
About little secret weapons that will make us faster.
24 hours in coaching is DREAMING
About what might happen if those LITTLE secret weapons might really work.
24 hours in coaching is REALIZING that:
- Coaching is hard
- Coaching is filled with worries
- Coaching is tough
- Coaching takes sacrific
- Coaches don’t get thanked a lot (and don’t SAY thanks enough either)
- Coaching is working with people
- Coaching requires thinking and dreaming
But most of all 24 hours of coaching IS
A great experience that can be exceptionally rewarding.