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Tuesday, April 18th
Deciding what my project would be was fairly easy since I’ve already been around the football lifestyle since I was 10.
What I did was go to the 7th grade Jr. Warriors practice every Monday and attend the games every Saturday, and I specifically coached the Offensive Linemen.
I got to coach in games and call plays which was pretty cool.
I took time out of our practices to talk about whatever the kids wanted too talk about to get to build a relationship with them.
This is my facilitator 7th grade Jr. Warriors Head Coach, Jet Thompson
This was the game that we we’re in the playoffs but ended up losing by a few touchdowns.
For my research paper I researched how to mentor kids and how to be a parental figure when they might not have one at their house.
I also researched how to bring the team together as a family and understanding the child so I can coach the child better.
Thesis statement: Coaching is more than just teaching a sport; being involved and understanding the players will help in being a better and more successful coach.
My learning stretch
Getting the children to listen to me at first was extremely hard, some wouldn’t even look at you when you were talking which made me frustrated.
I also had to deal with multiple child's parents on why their child wasn’t playing a lot most wanting their child to have special attention while I was coaching them.
Deciding what different things I would do at practice was also difficult.
Some kids just didn’t even want to talk about anything which made it hard to build a relationship with the kid.
Gaining the child's trust and learning how to properly talk to the kids and how to understand their body language and how to deal with their problems and situations was definitely tough as well.
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Me giving a high five to a kid after he just intercepted the ball in the playoff game.
I wanted to understand the ways kids learnt Football better and find out different techniques to teach them the sport.
Every Monday I would come to practice with a new drill and different techniques to teach them with.
What I really wanted was to be able to build a relationship with the kid so they can get to trust me which would allow me to be a better coach and be more of a impact on them.
I would also take some time out of practice to discuss whatever the kids wanted to talk about from what they did in school that day to situations in their personal life to what their favorite color or football team is.
This is a drill specifically designed for the offensive linemen. I would have them in a stance and make them go though the steps for a perfect passing block.
What I learned
Understanding how 7th grades work is not easy at all, but is really fun at the same time to say the least.
What I learnt was that you need to gain the trust of the child for them too really listen to you.
You need to build a strong relationship with the child for them to trust what you are teaching them or else my teachings will just go in one ear and go out the other.
Coaching football is defiantly not for me.
Our 7th Grade Jr. Warriors team ended up going to the playoffs which is not a usual thing for the Jr. Warriors.
I built many relationships with the kids that I coached and some even trust me enough to text me about their personal problems, which I see as a accomplishment.
I also got to coach in a playoff game, which not many people get to do.
I’d like to say thank you for taking time out of your days to be here, I hope all of you have nice days. Thank you.