My schedule has really slowed down in the last couple of weeks. The end of the fall always brings with it a much more relaxed pace. I’m grateful that we were able to complete our season. That was definitely not guaranteed when we started back in August.
This weekend is State Cup for my 2005’s. This is the one tournament all year that I focus on winning. If we’re successful we have the opportunity to go to regionals and that will put the team in front of college coaches. All of that makes it important for the team to do as well as possible.
The substitution rules for older teams in State Cup prevents players from reentering the game once they’ve been subbed in that half. This is a huge change from the way I usually rotate my players. They’re used to coming off every eight to 15 minutes and then going back in again.
I spoke to the team about this before our last game. It was important for them to know that this was coming and that some of them were going to get more playing time in State Cup than others. We talked about last weekends game being a chance for them to show how effective they were on the field and make their case for more playing time. This definitely raised the level of effort and focus in the team and the result showed that. I’ll let you know how State Cup goes next week.
I’ve addressed today’s question before but it’s been a while and I’ve received it a few times lately so I thought I should talk about it again. The question comes from Matt. He’s asking how to know when it’s time to hand a team off to another coach.
“When do you think it’s time to hand a team over from a coaching perspective? I am keen to stick around for another year however part of me is thinking the girls eventually would benefit from another voice…..another teacher. I mean this happens in school right? You don’t stay with the same teacher from Grade 1 to 6? I kind of think the same could be said for coaching as well. At the same time it’s such a rewarding experience seeing the kids develop and grow as players and it’s been a privilege to be a part of it, part of me thinks, “Just one more year.”
Thanks for your question Matt!
When to pass a team on to another coach is a tough question. That’s especially true when it’s a team your daughter is on. Generally, I think that a coach should pass a team on after three or four years at the most. As you said, it’s good for them to hear another voice and perspective. But it’s different when your daughter is one of your players.
I coached my daughter (now 24) from the time she was 4 through 18 except for two years (13 and 14). I wanted her to have a different coach before she went to high school so that she’d be used to the idea before that important period in her life.
Every year I asked her at the end of the season if she wanted to keep playing and if she wanted me to keep coaching the team. She could say no at any time. She knew that because at 6 she said she didn’t want to play anymore. I said fine, but I’m the coach so I still need to go. It took her about six weeks to decide that she wanted to play again. After that she always told me that she wanted to play and she wanted me to coach. Those years are packed with great memories. I’m glad it worked out the way it did for us.
Everyone’s situation is different; what worked for us may not be best for you. You’ll have to talk with her and do what you think is right.
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