Today we kick-start the RetroBMX blog. It is the perfect time, since I just finished a four-year commitment. No, not to the Marines. It was a much more demanding commitment: coaching pre-teen girl basketball players.
Four years ago, I introduced a dozen 5th grade girls to Mikan drills, denial defense, and the pick-and-roll. They've grown bunch, they've shown courage and toughness, they've won some and lost some, and now I send them off to "school ball." I send them with the hopes that "1-2-3-HUSTLE!" is not seen as a corny mantra repeated at the conclusion of each timeout, but a concept for life which will forever reverberate in their heads and hearts.
I know I am not done with coaching (this was the oldest daughter's team - I have two younger girls who play too) but the conclusion of this season definitely represents the closure of a chapter in my life. And it means a there will be a just bit more time to get some other things done...
Should any of the girls I coached on this team (Osceola's class of 2012) ever find this post, know that I am as proud of you as any coach could ever be!
Onward....2008 looms ahead!