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"Just Recreational Sports"

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Most of us can relate to recreational sports.

Whether it was our initial exposure to sports and competitiveness or our local pick-up games. I played recreational football, baseball, and soccer in organized leagues and competitive travel club sports in soccer. And reflecting it was very similar memories for me as a kid, now as an adult I see what I was unaware of.


As a kid, you just want to play, be competitive. That competitiveness tends to lead to certain players being driven, or in some instances unfortunately pushed towards travel or club teams. Since athletics and athletic scholarships are very limited, we all might have had some dream of making it to that next level but for one factor or another doesn’t seem to work out for the majority.


The whole point of recreational sports is for fun, but let’s be honest there is a competitive nature in many of us that always wants to win (and I believe to get a medal or trophy you should have to win). Competition is fun and brings out the best in us. It helps us push to be better, work as a team, make real-time decisions, and react under pressure. As a recreational coach I see more than potential on their field for every kid or young adult I coach. I see future business leaders, future parents, future decision makers. Competition, the same thing that brings the best of us, can also bring the worst of us too. Getting consumed in one call or one loss can have an impact larger than you can ever believe.

Most games I have a way of “getting into the game” as a coach. This stems from my love and passion for those I coach. Coaching 14 and 15 year olds to compete with 18 and 19 year olds was amazing to see. With that can some rough games of disappointment.


One game there was too much I wasn't in agreement with, we had several girls going down, getting injured and no call, and even the other coach was saying his girls were out of line. It was our first tournament game at the higher level to add to the emotional height. When our girls got knocked to the ground and no call was immediately followed up by a girl falling on her own only for the ref to blow is whistle because he truly missed the call or was just trying to spite me due to my frustrations throughout the game - either way i was not silent.

There was choice words, lost professionalism, and ended up getting a red card and ejected from the game. This showed my team I was with them all the way and was their leader, and at the same time humbled me to apologize to the parents and the league for my example. In life, it is important to stand up for what you believe but is also important to recognize when you were wrong and can own that.


Sports teaches us so much more than the sport itself. There are lessons in disappointment, failure, success, confidence, and insecurity each time we step onto the field, court, or ice.


Since athletics and athletic scholarships are very limited, we all might have had some dream of making it to that next level but for one factor or another doesn’t seem to work out for the majority. So let’s face it recreational sports matter to a lot of kids and the need for more recreational coaches that believe they are impacting more than a season or game.


If you have thought about coaching but are new to it, nervous, think you're too young / old, or don’t know how to start – let me give you a piece of advice I can tell you: no one will know how bad you are at coaching if you make it fun, make an impact, and bring out the best in those you are coaching, and surprisingly enough there will be some wins and celebrations along the way I can promise you! So sign up and let us know if you have questions.





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