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Karen Ambrose Hickey
Managing motherhood, marathons and marketing full-time, all the time.
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Dan - I love your comment. I need to learn more from you! I was really trying to make the girls love the game as this was the first exposure for some of them. There were high-fives for any little thing, including for the other team. I was thrilled to see my kids playing a modified game with their cousins over a family vacation - even with the "big kids." Everyone was laughing; and trying their best. I think it will become a tradition.
Thanks for the comments! I love hearing about others' same situations. Bummer about that foul. And good for you for learning the pitching machine. I haven't learned that yet (but I do love coaching 3rd base!). I was really lucky with the parents on both teams. However, I was commissioner for my league (choosing the teams), and that's a post all in itself. My plea is for parents to realize that these other parents are just VOLUNTEERS because enough other parents don't. I would prefer support than sniping. As Kirsten says, everyone has their own style. And, although soccer is NOT my sport, nor my husband's we are now co-co-coaches (?) for my son's soccer team. This time it's the boys' league that can't get enough volunteers. I guess I get the winter off.
Last post, I covered some of what I learned while coaching youth baseball and softball – when looking for differences, I actually found more similarities. I continue: Team styles: The boys were definitely more apt to blame a teammate for any mistake – whether the teammate’s error or their own. The girls were more apt to shrug it off. Missed balls just happen. At this age, both boys and girls would tend to watch the ball rather than run after it, although each team had one or two go-getters. Goof-off styles: The boys tackle and dog pile. The girls chase and group hug. Both were easily distracted by each other. Some coaches have great solutions like individual buckets that they put upside down for each child to sit on. For both teams, I had a parent on task for watching the dug-out. I noticed that the kids do like some sense of order, and both boys and girls enjoyed yelling out the batting order and knowing "who's next." Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Collectively Wise
Baseball To give you a little background, I’m a mother of a boy, 9 and girl, 7. I work full-time, but try to squeeze out time for coaching, class volunteering, running, friends and family. This spring I was the head coach for my 7 year old girls’ softball team (2nd season) and an assistant coach for my son’s baseball team (3rd season). I played softball through college, so know a bit about the sports. At this age, they can’t quite fathom strategy and coaching becomes a challenge in teaching basic skills while keeping their attention. I’m not going to talk about the coaching, but about some of the interesting contrasts that I observed between these teams of boys and girls, realizing also that they are two years apart. These are just fun observations, and could differ with a different group of children. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Collectively Wise
Very cool device. Now that I have my work "in the cloud", I would MUCH rather take the mini on vacation than my work computer. And I wouldn't look like I'm working either. With a broadband card, I would be set. Love my smartphone, but it's not the same.
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After the first two exchanges with old "friends," I realize that we don't add to each other's lives and I'm not that interested. I get the update about where they are 20 years later, but I don't need the daily ones. I find that I slowly dial them to an off position. There are too many new friends, and technologies, and responsibilities, and the list goes on.
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