For each team that you coach, the team will take a part of you with them. The question then becomes this: What part of you do you wish for them to take?
Coaching youth sports presents many challenges. Coaches are looked upon to not only teach the game, but to also be role models, whilst all too often under the constant scrutiny of some very opinionated parents.
Youth coaches take on the responsibility of developing the players, but they also take on the responsibility of continuing their own personal development.
When an individual becomes a coach he has an opportunity for two things; he can be successful and significant. The difference is success will end when he retires. But the significant role he can play with our young athletes and to some degree their parents will be his legacy which will live forever.
(a little reminder)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who at best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt