I went into the Trail Blazers Coaching Summit unsure of what to expect. I went in with the expectation of becoming a better coach. I didn’t realize this summit would give me insight into becoming a better parent of an athlete and board member for our youth basketball program. There was truly so so much information that these are just a few of the key points we talked about. I took 3 of our main points Connection, Contribution and Celebration and related them to my “jobs” as part of our community.
As a parent, I need to connect with my child’s coach to make sure we both have the same goals and intentions going into the season. If we don’t, then we need to communicate ways to help make sure we are on common ground.
As a board member, we want everyone in our program to have the same sense of belonging and to help us build our community. We want to connect with all of our families to help them improve our program for as many children as possible.
As a coach, I need everyone on the team to feel they have contributed. At practice, I need to find ways that everyone, no matter of their skill level, can help improve the team. I cannot depend on the “best” players to contribute to every play. I need to find drills and plays that can improve everyone’s sense of contributing to the team.
As a parent, I can remind my kid that showing up and working hard is contributing. They may not score the most points, they can find a way to contribute by cheering for their team, passing the ball, rebounding… etc.
As a board member, we want everyone to feel like they have something to contribute. Whether it is volunteering at Little Dribblers, being snack parent or just driving their kid to games. We want our community to grow and that will only happen in a place everyone feels they can contribute.
As a coach, I want to celebrate everyone. I want to find drills that will benefit everyone’s skill level so everyone can be proud of their hard work.
As a parent, I will of course celebrate my kid. But I will also celebrate the other kids on our team. I will teach my kid to celebrate their teammates' accomplishments as well.
As a board member, we want to celebrate each kid and family who have put their time and effort into helping us make this program work. We will celebrate wins, but more importantly we will celebrate our community coming together to build something awesome for our kids to be a part of!