A happier coach


soccer girls | Santa MonicaI ran into two soccer coach friends at Wednesday’s game. They command winning teams and winning salaries. They were winning players.

I have a winninger attitude. I’m the happier coach. I coach for free, and I’m seeing the fruits of my labor, most importantly kids drawn to Christ at a Westside Christian school.

So far we have lost every league game of Middle School soccer in CIF Pacific League Basin. Monday will see if we finally win one.

Despite the dismal outlook, I’m enjoying the positives:

  • Our goalie, an adapted basketball player, won the opposing coach’s praise with “five first-rate saves.” “We thought we weren’t going to be able to score on you,” he said.
  • We limited an A-team to four goals.
  • My son scored a goal.
  • My son juked four defenders to get to goal and almost scored an individual effort.

More important than game highlights are kid highlights:

  • Kids are really enjoying soccer.
  • One kid told me he used to not like soccer; now he really likes it.
  • Beginners are scoring (at practice), and that’s  a thrill for them.
  • There’s such a good feeling of Christian good attitude and fun.

So I wouldn’t take the paid coaching position. The unpaid is better because the rewards outweigh financial compensation.

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7 responses to “A happier coach

  1. Many times the giver receivers from more than one gives. It is better to give than receive anyway. It all shows in those kids’ smiles. Keep up the great work..

  2. 🙂 ❤
    "The unpaid is better because the rewards outweigh financial compensation."

  3. Wise, indeed! Money is but an energy system and can alter the true abundance. Watching my youngest coach his first team (my oldest has been coaching for 15 years as community service), I love seeing this idea born in his heart!

  4. If the goal isn’t fun of the sport, the whole point is missed!

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