Every Saturday morning, Alyssa and I head to Mercy Secondary School in Waterford to coach our mini-ballers or the Kitten Club as our teammate calls it. For three one hour sessions, we play games with the girls, work on fundamental skills in stations, and play hot-shot and 3v3 games.
I know we’re not supposed to have favorites, but the girls in the first session – who are the youngest of the bunch – make my Saturday mornings. They’re literally bouncing off the walls at nine in the morning. I wish I had their energy without having to drink a gallon of coffee!
Part of the reason why they’re my favorite group is that they love it when Alyssa and I play games with them. Last week we were in the primary school instead of our main gym in the secondary school, and we found scooters that we incorporated into our warmup. I hadn’t seen one of those since I was in elementary school and I was dying to join in, so I did!
I know these girls look up to Alyssa and myself and see us as role models. Interacting with the mini-ballers on a personal level during our coaching sessions helps us foster strong relationships with them, making it easier to inspire them to lead positive, healthy lifestyles. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a little bit of fun while we’re doing it!