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Offline CoachDP

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Why We Do This
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:47:43 AM »
In my first year of coaching youth football, I was an AC for a Jr. PeeWee team (8-11).  I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but obviously I've been doing this ever since and it's had an enormous impact on my life.  We finished our season last night and when I got home at about 9:45pm, I was exhausted.  I thought about the season and our boys.  I had dinner and went to bed early.  When I got up this morning, I'd received a text on my phone that was sent at 2:57am.  It was from a former player, who is now 29 years-old.  He was on that first team that I coached.  He was the first player who taught me all those years ago why it is that I do this: 

"Sorry to text at this time Coach but I was up thinkin to myself that I never thanked you sir and I wanted to thank you.  I hit some bumps in my life.  I went left instead of right when I was younger but I never forgot the stuff u did for me.  Not too many people would have did what u did.  Not many would have made the sacrifices u made.  If I told you half my story, u wouldn't believe I went through all that but as men we all must search our own soul and at 29 I finally found my purpose and I'm thankful for the process the lord took me through to get where I'm at.  Just wanted to say thank u sir just for being different.  Not many would have pulled up in the projects to get a young black boy.  U showed no fear cause u knew it was bigger than u.  I might not be where we planned but what u did stuck with me through all these years and I'm forever thankful and grateful."

While it means a great deal to me to receive a message like this, it proves a message that I often make at clinics:  Even as an AC, even in your first year, YOU can be a great coach.  Regardless of your coaching acumen, experience and knowledge, what's most important is whether your players regard you as a great coach.  You don't have to be Bill Walsh.  You only have to be willing to invest and commit yourself to your players.  And if you can do that, your players will regard you as that great coach and that's what is most important.  You have an opportunity to impact a life, and you have an opportunity to have your life impacted.  It's worth the investment.  And it's worth the result.

--Dave
"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

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Offline CoachDP

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Re: Why We Do This
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 09:01:45 AM »
And then I found this today in my mailbox:

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/indiana/2018/11/09/iu-football-team-chaplain-vad-lee-realizes-dream-hoosiers/1931809002/

I coached Vad in youth ball in 2000 and 2001 and again in middle school in 2006.  So I've been very fortunate to coach great young men and the Lord has afforded me some great opportunities.

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The Mission Statement:
"I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go." #BattleReady newhope

Offline davecisar

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Re: Why We Do This
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2018, 07:47:41 AM »
Awesome
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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Re: Why We Do This
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 11:43:36 AM »
Dave,

It is awesome...and an awesome responsibility, what we do...and some take that responsibility seriously, while others say, it's only little kid football. I too coached my last game with this group of boys on Saturday...and I was exhausted, emotionally exhausted, because I saw the pain on their faces after a tough semi-final loss, to another really good football team. I spent that night rolling through the different scenarios, what could I have done differently, should I have taken the time out here? I was up until 3 AM as my mid was full...

I woke up Sunday morning to a bunch of facebook posts talking about what an amazing experience the boys and their families had as a Dawg...and none of it was about football. It was about character, and life lessons, and God...and I cried, because I was sad, but not because of the loss on the scoreboard, but because I would no longer have the privilege of coaching this group of young men any longer...I hope I was as good for them as they were for me....

Chris
None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.

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Re: Why We Do This
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2018, 02:29:32 PM »
It must be that time of year.

I got texts from 2 different players this weekend. One from a kid I coached back in 2015. I didn't get him until he was in 8th grade so I only had him for a year but he was a pretty special kid....one of THE most competitive kids I have ever been around. We have remained in touch over the years.

The second one took me off guard. It came from a senior varsity player at the HS where I now coach freshman ball. I never coached him on the field but I ran the weight room for his position group all summer. After the summer was over, I had very little contact with any of the varsity guys. I had no idea that I had impacted him in any way.

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Re: Why We Do This
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2018, 03:16:04 PM »
I had no idea that I had impacted him in any way.

You may never know, Josh.  That's what makes the responsibility so important.

--Dave
"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement:
"I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go." #BattleReady newhope