Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dribble, Shoot, Score

I signed the boys up for their first sports experience--basketball.  They are in a 7-8 year-old division and practice starts this Saturday.  Unfortunately, they don't have a coach.  The response to the program was greater than expected, and there are more players than there are coaches to coach them.

The head of the Recreation Department has sent out pleading e-mails begging for volunteers.  

As of today, there still wasn't a coach.

Guess what I get to do for the next two months.

That's right...Me.....I get to be a basketball coach. I know practically nothing about basketball.  I know what a free throw and a three-pointer is.  I know that you're supposed to dribble the ball and shoot it at the basket.

That's about it.

I am not completely an idiot when it comes to sports.  I played volleyball in high school.  My brother played football and wrestled. I've attended many sporting events, so I get the general idea. I just don't know if that's good enough to qualify me to be in charge of something.  

Now, I have about a week and a half to learn all the rules of basketball and figure out how to teach 4 kids, 2 of which are mine, the basics of basketball.

Pray for me!  I could use a miracle or two.


Anonymous said...

wow, that sounds exciting! :) start watching or taping games to watch later...

As soon as I read your post I thought, man, that would be fun! But I love basketball, so I can imagine it's a bit like being thrown into the deep end for you! There are lots of books out there, of course... this website looked pretty good once you've got a handle on the rules and basics of the game, this will help you coach.


Interested to hear how it goes! I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.

Boethius said...


You go, girl. You can do this. Oh, what a mother will do for her kids!

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Even though kids don't know what a phone booth is anymore, teach them that concept of how to send the ball toward the basket. Otherwise they will shoot these line drives that are easily blocked and have no chance of going in.

That way, even if they learn nothing else this year, they will learn something useful for later.

Secondly, under no circumstances should you diagram a play on paper or on a blackboard. They will not be able to translate this abstration for a half-dozen years yet. Either walk them through it in their own bodies or have them use action figures on a miniature court to see where they should go. (With girls you stay on this horizontal level even longer - very few females think in overhead maps even as adults).

If they can learn to do the Weave in practice, it will translate into game movement pretty well.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I should have specified learning to shoot as if out the top of a phone booth.

terri said...

Hey...thanks everyone for your kind input!

Alas...I won't be coaching. The problem was so widespread that the rec. dept. decided to restructure the program and make the teams larger, playing 4 on 4 basketball instead of 3 on 3.

So....I am both disappointed and extremely relieved!

However, I will definitely be at the practices and helping the boys in their "off" time, so I'll use some of these tips and resources!