My summer as a basketball coach
The Moonlight Hoops basketball league is a true Learning As I Go situation. Over the past several days I’ve been posting about my experiences, with some relevant photos, some are of my team, some are of other teams.
Coaching in name is mostly what I’m doing, and I’m becoming ok with that. I have an assistant coach, Lorenzo. I just appeared on the first night and told me he was my assistant. I don’t even know his last name. I know that he wants to coach but I don’t think he’s really realized that he’s not seeing the whole court. I probably spend more time coaching him, hoping what I tell him gets relayed to the team. He has a lot of friends. In fact, our team has a lot of friends, so many so that there’s never room on the bench for the team.
I had wondered how many of the guys in this league are on the city’s high school teams. I haven’t done the research, but I suspect it’s very few. This is organized street ball — most of these kids don’t want the discipline of a team, they all want to be the hot shot star. They don’t get that stars usually aren’t winners without a winning team.
That makes me wonder where the parenting is. There are very few parents at the games. Jaylan’s mom is always there, and I can see the difference between him and other kids in the league. I think he’s a kid who wants to use his talent on the court to get him somewhere in life. Again, I haven’t done the research, just my observations.
Coaching, teaching, parenting — they’re pretty much the same job, aren’t they, just with different levels of responsibility for and to the children. My participation in two of these — coaching and teaching — might be somewhat of a desire to fulfill the third one. I’m seeing a possible correlation between the parenting these kids get and their ability or willingness to be coached. (Again, I haven’t done the research, that could be someone’s master’s thesis.) But I can tell you that Jaylan is one of the most coachable kids on the team, and his mom is there for every game.