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I begrudgingly said I would coach my son’s third grade basketball team this year. I have coached high school basketball, as an assistant, for seven or eight years. It is something I enjoy doing and it is fun being around high school kids.

I feel older every year but they somehow also keep me young.

So why did I hope somebody else would the third grade boys basketball coach mantle? Because I noticed while my son played soccer and football that it was nice to sit and enjoy watching them play as a fan. It’s different as a coach and especially when I’m coaching my own son.

With that said, I had a revelation this past week that I shared with my wife. I continued to rack my head about the type of drills I would run during practice. It’s important to really focus on fundamentals. I also was trying to think of what offense I would run for this 3rd grade group.

Then it hit me. I even gave an audible, “oh crap” in the car as my family and I were driving to Omaha.

There are a couple exceptions, but these kids on the team I’m going to coach have never played basketball in their lives. They likely don’t sit there and analyze basketball on t.v.

I turned to my wife and said, “I have to teach them, that after the other team makes a basket that we have to grab it and walk behind the baseline and then inbound it to one of his teammates.”

This feels so stupid to type but it hit me like a stack of bricks. Why am I worrying about what offense I’m going to run? I need to start worrying about how am I going to teach them the absolute beginning basics of basketball and to try and make it fun.

This will be a learning experience for the players as well as the coach.


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