This fall, I’ve been helping coach my daughter’s 5-6 year old soccer team.  It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s also been a moderately hefty commitment – along with being a present and active participant in every practice and game (besides the two games I had to miss due to conflicts), I’ve spent time planning drills, games, and rosters, sent emails coordinating snacks and practices, and had to leave work early every Monday to pick up my daughter and get her to practice on time.

That said, I had a blast and would definitely do it again.  Especially when I get emails from other parents like this one:

Matthew/Ross – you guys have done a FANTASTIC job with this group of kids.  We have been amazed at how well this team has come together and all that they have learned, both about playing and sportsmanship.  It is a big sacrifice to give your time to something like this and we want you guys to know how much we and Caroline have appreciated your efforts.

Yes, the kids have all improved considerably, and I take pride in the fact that I’ve helped them achieve some measure of skill and success in the game, but it really makes me feel that all my hard work and efforts were worthwhile when I hear this kind of feedback from the other kids’ parents.