At Oakland we have just started our winter basketball leagues. For many of our kids, it is their first attempt playing organized sports (okay semi-organized sports), and practice can be quite an adventure. The kids are usually high energy and willing to learn, but they are also easily distracted. Their great concern with who is first in line can rival even the most engaging practice drill that a coach can posit. I have learned that trying to settle their disputes is about as productive as telling Costello “Who’s on first.”
All joking aside the kids are great. But, why am I coaching? Well, I was asked.
Research by Thom Rainer of Lifeway suggests that a significant number of people who are not involved with our churches would get involved if we invited them. In particular when someone we respect invites us to get involved, many of us are willing to get in the game.
We had our first game this past Saturday. The kids were very excited, but one of the kids was fairly nervous and unwilling to leave the bench and play in her first game. I told her not to worry because we were just here to have fun. She reluctantly came off the bench and played most of the game. She had a blast.
I think the bench is warm enough.