Had a game tonight....lost 13-1
There have been some positives the last couple of games and practices. I no longer care about the score. I've just accepted there's a really good chance we won't win a game all season and most likely will lose them all in grand fashion haha. I'm focusing more on just teaching these kids the basics and letting them have fun. We spent a big chunk of practice this week just on throw ins and keeping feet down. Were losing a lot of possessions on those. Now I just have to show them not to throw directly to the opposing team.
I've simplified my subs so that most can stay in the same position. I think that's helping them out some at least with what their roles are.
I'm still trying to get them to stop just kicking the ball 1 time and actually start dribbling and looking for passing opportunities. Today's game I did see a few attempts at that and while unsuccessful there was at least effort to do so.
The team we played today was a good team. It's all the "A" players in the league so going in I knew it was going to be bad. I congratulated my kids on playing hard all the way up to the final whistle and not giving up or turning on one another during the game. It's hard to go out and lose....much harder than winning and their drive and effort shows character.
All in all it was a good game....as good as losing 13-1 can be. My daughter scored our lone goal so we had that moment together. It was late in the game when she scored and I yelled to the kids "we've cracked the seal....just need 12 more". Kids and parents alike all started laughing which was a good moment.
I still have no intentions of ever coaching again but I'm going to make the best out of our last 5 games and just see what we can do.