In any position of leadership, even as a coach of a 1st and 2nd grade basketball team, one of the most important aspects of leading is to understand your strengths and weaknesses. And the next step is to hopefully find people to
work with whose strengths cover for your weaknesses and vise versa. I was very fortunate this basketball season to coach with the help of a father of one of the players on my team, Coach Morgan, who fit that very description. At the beginning of working together
it was a little awkward trying to figure out what our roles should be, but after a couple of practices I could easily spot that he was much better at communicating with and motivating the player in a way that I would probably never be able to do. But this
allowed me to focus more on the strengths that I possess, problem solving and strategizing. Our record at the end of the season wasn’t great, 4-3 and lost in the 1st round of the tournament, but what I will say is that I was proud to see the
improvement of the individual players, even if that didn’t translate to more team success. Players who couldn’t dribble at the beginning of the season became more comfortable handling the ball, every player by the end of the year had made a basket,
and we were even improving at passing and finding the best shot for the team to take. What I take away from this experience is that working with kids, and with adults to a certain extent, is that I need to base my expectations on what is, and not on what I
think things should be. In the moment at times I would get frustrated by what I deemed a lack of improvement based on a scale that I had set, instead of appreciating the improvement that was occurring in the moment. Looking back on the season with the clarity
that comes with time, I would say that I have learned a great deal more about the process of coaching and teaching from those 1st and 2nd graders than I was able to teach them about basketball.