When I started this lacrosse season, I was in a bit of a coaching rut. I got so annoyed that my kids were not as good as my 8th graders last year. Part of it was because they didn’t listen last year and the beginning of this year and the other is that I probably favored last year’s class and left this class to George mainly. I am not saying that George is a bad coach, but he hasn’t played women’s lacrosse before and is not as keen on the details as I am. I think this is the one thing that I really pay attention to details.
After being gone for two weeks due to spring break and my work trip, I started to rethink my approach with these girls. Now, instead of thinking of winning it all or evening really expecting them to do well, I am breaking down each game to smaller goals that focus on one or two skills per game.
Tonight’s game we are working on the roll dodge and double teaming. I didn’t realize these kids didn’t properly know how to do these two things because my last class picked everything up so well. So, yes, break it all down and make these two skills the emphasis. Goal, each team has to have 3 different people do a successful roll dodge (not just spin a circle) and each team has to do 5 successful double teams in each half.
I think this is probably what coaching really should be about…teaching and building. Somewhere, I lost sight of what is important.