Episode 5: Coaching!

Posted By: MeghanDonoghue
Posted On: October 2nd, 2017
Attending: Waterford Institute of Technology

Hello again!

So Jas and I have been coaching for a few weeks now. Every Saturday we have our MiniBall camp and then other coaching during the week. So far it has been really fun! The kids that come to our MiniBall and our skills sessions are very enthusiastic and seem to really enjoy the hour or so we work with them!

Coaching is definitely not the easiest task in the world, though, I’ll admit. The biggest thing I’ve learned is to come prepared. Jas and I always sit down and make a plan for whatever session we do. This has proved to be a big help, especially when we may need to change things during a session, we always have backup drills for that. Along with planning being very important, having fun and being enthusiastic is very important as well. That comes more easily because the kids we work with have been really great and excited about everything! So hopefully we can keep the sessions as fun as they have been!

Jas and I have been learning a lot about what it takes to be a coach. It’s a lot tougher than it seems, but I am enjoying learning how to be better. It has definitely given me a greater appreciation for all the coaches I’ve had. There are a lot of aspects of coaching you don’t often see because it happens behind the scenes, so it’s been fun having to walk a mile in their shoes so to speak.

I am hoping to continue improving my coaching skills throughout this year. You never know…maybe I’ll take what I’ve learned back to the States with me and coach? Who knows, but the various skills I’m learning will come in handy either way!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!

Stay tuned for more to come!


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