Are you a #WeekendWarrior? What are your plans for the weekend? I actually don't have many - just some open gyms on Saturday and then off all day Sunday - first time in a LONG time!! I'm looking forward to it!
The USMNT made it all the way to the Semi-Finals in Copa America before falling to Argentina. Argentina is the World Number 1 for a reason and Messi is no joke!
They will now battle for third place Saturday against Columbia while Argentina takes on Chile Sunday.
I only know about the big games/tournaments in soccer so that’s all I really have to say about that. I think the US can take Columbia if they come to play and I think Argentina will take Chile.
Here is a recap of the semi-finals
Next stop – RIO!!!!!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
This week in coaching was a tough one. My little ones still can’t pull out a game. They keep up, they play well, they fight, they get ahead and then they lose. They took one set of both their games and almost had both wins, but just couldn’t finish.
They had a rough serving day, though. They just couldn’t get their serves to go over, I don’t know what it was. It’s days like that that I feel like I’m failing as a coach. I always know the kids mood after games and they were still happy, but I worry about what the parents think and feel when their kids keep losing.
It’s hard on a coach. I’m doing my best though, I really am. I hope that shows.
My grays, my middle school girls. They took their first game pretty easy. They didn’t even play one of their best games, but they were getting better as the night went on. Until their second game that is. They just stunk it up. It was bad. I don’t even know what to do with them when they get like that.
My older girls, man, I thought they were going to have another sweep. Their first game they played against a team that doesn’t lose much – always one of the top two teams. And we went back and forth to 14-14 and then they just gave it up.
They came back and took the 2nd set (thought they did try to give that one away, they were up and let the other team catch up before they finished).
The 3rd set went the other way. They got behind and then caught up and it went back and forth before they let the other team finish. They were sooooooo close to taking it. But, it was a good game. They did much better than anyone else in the league would have expected.
I have a team with one club player and she is the youngest and pretty close to (if not) the smallest in the league. I had one high schooler and 3 going in to high school. He has 5 club players (on older club teams), 4 going into high school (that I know of) and 2 (that I know of) already in high school. I was satisfied with how we did.
Our 2nd game, we won the first two sets easily. And then we completely gave up. It was like they didn’t feel like playing anymore because they won. I didn’t get it. I didn’t even know what else to say to them at that point.
It happens though. I have 7 players, so not much option for subbing/resting players. Every other team has 9-11 – (over 9 is too many and I do think we play better with less but that’s just because of the players we’re missing!).
I’m still a bit bitter about being told that I have to play my team full rotations but no other coach does. I don’t know what the double standard is against me, but it gets frustrating.
Last night, my older girls had their last practice of our 6 week session and only 4 of them were able to make it. It was a tough practice.
Tonight is the other two teams last practice. Hopefully, they go well. Wish me luck!
Did the Supreme Court make the right decision? It’s always a touchy topic, immigration. It brings out the worst in some. People against illegal immigration that are standing up for the country that they are paying taxes to, they are pledging their allegiance to are called racist.
Then, people that are here from other countries, both legally and illegally are still gushing with pride of their homeland even to the extent of, occasionally, desecrating symbols of the country they fled to and expect us true citizens to just accept that.
It is confusing to me. I don’t understand that point of leaving a country you seem to love so much and I don’t understand why we should all be accepting of the fact that some do it illegally. It brings the country down, hard working, tax paying citizens get shut out for cheaper, tax free labor. It’s not right.
And I really don’t understand why so many illegals are just going to get a free pass and have for years. If it is so important for you to be here, stay here, live here and work here, why not do it the right way, why not go through the proper channels? If that happened, then we wouldn’t be having to worry about it to begin with.
Why do illegals have so many rights that obstruct the rights of law-abiding citizens? It is beyond me. They get away with things because they are undocumented and then nothing happens. I should stop ranting now. It’s a hot topic for me. I’ve seen too many people hurt by others that don’t want to abide by the laws and regulations put in place to protect us all.
“We are all going to fall short. We are going to have some bitter losses, very painful defeats and failures. We have to use those to come back even stronger. That’s what makes it sweeter, when we can overcome those and figure out a way to win. The great teams can do that, and those are the gold medal winning teams.” ~ Karch Kiraly
Here we are, a month and a half after a season ends, getting ready for tryouts again.
Last year, only one of my kids played. This season, they both want to play.
It’s going to be crazy. Right now, they’re both stressed out about tryouts. It’s a stressful thing for a kid. My youngest is stressed because she played last season but isn’t sure she wants to stay with the club so wants to ability to make a choice. My oldest is stressed because she’s older than most girls are when they start playing club and is in the biggest age division. She’s behind the curve.
I still coach for the same club. My youngest isn’t sure she wants to play for them and my oldest is pretty set that she doesn’t want to play for them. My oldest and youngest’s first choice are not with the same outside club. There is a decent chance I am going to have to figure out a way to manage 3 clubs next season.
Needless to say, it’s been pretty crazy in my house trying to figure all of this out. And my poor husband is just caught in the middle waiting for instructions on his part of all of it so he knows what we need from him.
My youngest got an early offer from the club she played at last season. She hasn’t had a chance to meet the coach yet. They brought a new coach in from out of state for that team and it means nothing to her until she gets a chance to meet the coach for herself. She’s been to a couple open gyms for a club that I believe is her first choice right now and is going to one for another club this weekend.
My oldest is confused about exactly what she wants. She’s never had the competitive spirt my youngest has, she plays more for fun. I can never tell her actual commitment level so I don’t like the thought of spending so much on her when she’s not 100% committed to something. But, I also don’t want to take the experience away from her. It’s a tough decision with that one what to do.
But, I’ll definitely let her try and go from there.
What a weekend! I got the pleasure and opportunity to take my daughter to meet Misty May Treanor.
We drove up to beautiful Vail, CO bright and early Friday morning for a 5 hour clinic with Misty May. The girls all got direct instruction from Misty, she wasn’t just a figure head there.
She would bring all the kids to one court, explain the drill they were going to do and then have a couple of other coaches demonstrate it for her. Then, she would send everyone to their assigned court with a coach or two and they would do the drills.
She walked around to every court and would talk to the kids and correct them and instruct them and teach them. I saw her very engaged with my daughter a couple of times in explaining certain aspects of the doubles game.
I was quite impressed. It seemed like long winded instruction occasionally but I believe that was just to make it perfectly understood for everyone exactly what needed to happen.
They took a lunch break half way through and during that period, they got a 30 minute Q&A period where they could ask Misty anything. Not many of them had much to ask, but she happily answered all the questions. My favorite “when were you on Wizards of Waverly Place?” I was quite entertained by that one.
She explained all 4 of her Olympics and how they were all very different journeys for her. No two did she have the same confidence level or feeling about overall. It really was pretty cool.
At the end of the clinic, she brought all the kids together to talk to them one last time. She asked them if they had fun and as everyone shouts yes, my wonderful, obnoxious, attention seeking, think she’s funny child shouted (and she’s a big mouth so she can make herself heard over others) “MAYBE, MAYBE NOT!!”.
Misty stopped and looked at her and asked her to repeat what she said. I think this was more out of utter shock than not having heard what was said and my lovely daughter repeated it with a big smile on her face. Misty proceeded to call her up in front of everyone to do burpees.
And she happily did the burpees while everyone counted them out for her and Misty smiled the whole time watching her do it. It was pretty amazing.
Then they got a picture and autograph session. It was a good day and that day prepared her for Saturday where there was a doubles tournament happening. She was playing with one of her teammates from her club season and they played really well together.
There were some frustrations. These doubles tournaments are self officiated and teams kept calling things against them and the score keeping team would agree to the calls but when our girls tried to make a call, everyone argued them. They couldn’t catch a break most of the morning.
The mom of my daughter’s partner, who is very involved in the doubles volleyball scene, assumed it was because they are small. For volleyball players, both of our girls are quite small, both height and body wise. Smaller than most other volleyball players their age. She thinks the teams they were playing against just didn’t want to lose to “little” girls.
It was the youngest age division as well so, they easily could have been younger thinking about it and just had to play up. Even with the bad calls and being a lot smaller than the rest of the teams, they ended up taking 5th out of 20 teams.
The best part came towards the end of the tournament when Misty May herself came walking through as my daughter was serving. She came up to her and gave her a high five and said good luck. And then quietly disappeared. I didn’t see her stop to say anything to one other kid.
She remembered mine from the day before and stopped to let her know that. I thought that was pretty awesome.
It was an awesome experience overall and I hope to make it a family tradition to go up to Vail for the tournament every year now. I enjoyed myself greatly.
Then we came back in time to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday. Our big plan for the day was going to see “Finding Dory”. I have loved Nemo since the first time I saw it and was, for a long time, perfectly content with their being no sequel.
When I first heard about Finding Dory forever ago, I was quite disappointed that they were going to do that and ruin a great movie. It just didn’t seem right to me.
As it got closer and closer and started becoming a real thing (because I didn’t even believe it at first), I tentatively started getting kind of excited about it.
Then, the previews started happening and I got so excited about it that I even ended up planning way in advance when we would be able to go see it based on the release date. I don’t even go to the theater often but I thought it was perfect!
And it was. I enjoyed the movie greatly and with how little we do go to the movies, it was a great family day time for Father’s Day.
What a great weekend overall. A new Father’s Day tradition! Volleyball and movies. PERFECT!
p.s. I actually had pictures to share this time - REAL pictures - but technology and I aren't always the best of friends!!!!
Happy Summer!! A few days late I know. I've been on a I hate LeBron hiatus from things (and really busy, but I needed to blame someone who has absolutely nothing to do with what I do with my time). So, Happy Summer. Even though Memorial Day really marks the beginning of summer for most Americans - June 20th needs to be something to celebrate as well!!!
Since the great fall of Tiger Woods, I don’t know much about golf. The next tournament I paid even a little bit of attention to, I decided Rory McIllroy was going to be the man. I like the name Rory and I like Irish. I went with it. (yes that is how I decide things!)
Well, Rory became quite the golfer to cheer for. I’ve enjoyed hearing his name. I have to admit, I don’t really watch much golf, I’ll watch a golfer or two for a hold or two but mostly, I just check the standings and wait to see Tiger’s name back up there.
Golf was set to make a return to the Olympics this year after not being a part of for 112 years. At #4 in the world and #1 in Ireland, Rory was set to be a big star on the big stage. It was kind of a big deal.
Rory has now pulled out, though. The Zika virus is scaring a lot of golfers out of Rio. Other athletes are dropping because of that as well, but it seems golfers are the main ones.
The Zika virus is spread mostly through mosquitoes and is rarely life threatening based on what I’ve read but sometimes you have to decide if the risk is worth the reward. It’s just sad that some of the best players in the world are dropping out so now the pool is going to be majorly diluted.
For now, the Quicken Loans National tour is happening and Vijay Singh rests atop the leaderboard after one round. Round 2 is underway:
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ~ Dr. Seuss
So, I’m an accountant by day and a coach by night right now. I joined the Army out of high school which is where I met my husband. When we decided to start a family, I got out while he stayed in. It was a hard decision to make.
I still wonder if it would have been good for me to stay in. I almost went back a couple of times after we got settled with our kids. I missed it and still do sometimes. I have discovered other interests without having to worry about being on call or going away.
But, when I got out, I didn’t have many real world skills and didn’t know what to do with myself. I got a business admin degree, just an associate’s to start, and started work in an office. Well, it wasn’t a very well established business and they went under shortly after I started.
Then I got another job in an office, as a bookkeeper. I really enjoyed it. I don’t know if it was the company or the job itself, but it was working for me at the time. After that company went under as well (not my fault, I swear!) I found another bookkeeping job and decided to get an accounting degree.
That company and I parted ways as I was starting school so I found yet another bookkeeping job while I was in school. I finished school and started looking for a step up to actual accountant. No luck. So I stayed at the same job and said hey look, I have a Bachelor’s in accounting now, no promotion.
Since then, I started coaching as well so stopped looking for a new job because I have great hours that allow me to be where I need to be when I need to be there. I also still have not received a promotion or raise or any recognition at the job I currently hold.
Also since then, I’ve decided accounting really isn’t my thing. It’s been hard for me to accept that after I went to school for it. Fortunately, it was on the GI Bill, unfortunately, I can’t undo the wasted time and resources. It’s been a long, hard realization for me. And I do wonder if I stopped enjoying the work or am just that unhappy with the company I work for.
But, coaching has become a true passion for me. I love it. Those girls make any bad day melt away into a good one after any practice or game. I spend a lot of time in the gym with those kids.
The club, though, isn’t everything I want in an employer either. They have two favorite coaches who get anything they want and it seems it often is in spite of me. They hand pick all their players for their league team, which is meant for development for all kids, not to have one or two super teams. I seem to always get a full team worth of new/younger players that I have to make able to compete with these teams.
I usually succeed. Maybe that’s why it keeps happening and I love teaching and don’t mind at all having to start at the beginning. It’s having to start at the beginning and go up against some of these other teams.
I would just like to seem equitability. I always seem to be the odd man out of places. I am a pushover, I won’t lie. I do everything and ask for nothing and people walk all over me.
With all that happening, I’ve come up with so many businesses I’d like to start. I have so many ideas. My ideas never stop flowing. I would love to just dive in and go for one of them, but I’m scared. I’m not scared of much, but this is one thing that I am.
If it was just me, even me and my husband, it would be done already. But, I have kids. I want my kids to have a good life. I want them to be able to do things I never could. I want them to be involved, be the best they can be, see the world and have every opportunity. That’s most important to me and I am so afraid of failure that it has me frozen.
I plan and I dream and my kids will be out of the house in 6 years. I don’t know if I can stay exactly where I am for another 6 years, I just hope to be able to hold on enough and find ways to keep getting me through until I finally can say I’m going in head first and am going to start a business that is going to change the world one kid at a time!
“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
I’m a little late on this, but every year, my husband and I do the BolderBoulder. It’s an annual Memorial Day race in Boulder, CO and it is one of my favorite events throughout the year.
We’ve been doing it for 6 years now. Sometimes the kids join us, sometimes they don’t. This year, they decided to join us which makes it more fun.
The BolderBoulder is never a race done for time. There are so many people and so much going on, that it is just one of those races we do to enjoy the atmosphere. It is a 10k through the college town into the college stadium. Bands line the course, some of them regulars that I remember seeing year after year.
When the kids do events like this, we usually split up. One of them will actually try and run most of it and the other absolutely refuses to even try (the more athletic one go figure!).
So this year, I got the one who tries and my husband got the one who walks. She’ll usually walk without complaining and she’ll get some jogging time in, but you try to make her actually push even a little bit and it becomes 6 miles of bickering with your child!
We have a standard meeting point, so when me and my runner to be got there we waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. I start doing the math trying to figure out a jog/walk, a straight walk and time just keeps passing.
Finally, I’m like there is no way it took them this long. So we leave the meeting point and walk through the stadium where everyone has to go through to get their lunch boxes and waters and other goodies.
After getting through the lines, we try calling again. We both brought our phones so we could make sure we’d find eachother at the end. There’s 50,000+ people that race plus the spectators, it gets pretty hectic and crazy.
His phone is not even on yet. We back track back to the meeting place looking for them to pass the whole time on our way back, nothing.
We sit in the stadium for a couple of minutes thinking maybe they’ll be out there. Nothing. We call again, phone still off.
By this point, my mind starts thinking the worst. I just knew something happened on the course.
Then, my phone rings. Not a number I recognize. Hmmmmmm. Yep. My husband. Borrowing a stranger’s phone. He left his on the seat in the car. Yep.
We must’ve left for the lunch line right as they were coming through the finish. That seems to be the only time we wouldn’t have seen each other. Then, it was impossible from there.
But, the BolderBoulder is still my favorite run of the year. Celebrating Memorial Day, the people that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, getting outside, being active as a family (sometimes).
Since 1979, before I was alive, the BolderBoulder has been a part of Colorado Memorial Day tradtion. Since 2011, it’s been a part of Shriver Family Memorial Day Tradition.
Ok – I’m a weirdo, I know. I really enjoy Orange is the New Black. I don’t even know what it is about it that keeps me entertained, the acting isn’t the best, some of the characters are a bit underdeveloped, I don’t feel like it’s really going anywhere to follow a story line but, I’m hooked and I was very excited it was back. I’m a weirdo, I know!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I'm so excited for the Olympics!!!!!! I saw the tag #50DaysToGo today and I got even more excited. I love the Olympics, so many athletes, so many countries, so many sports, so much diversity and sportsmanship coming together as one.
It's the most wonderful time of year???? I guess of every two years really!
I can't wait to see Kerri Walsh and Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, the "next" Gabby Douglas, only if Gabby allows that!, Missy Franklin's great first Olympics seemingly going to be out done by Katie Ledecky, the USWNT looking to be the first team to take World Cup and Olympic Gold in the same year, the Williams Sisters (I love seeing Venus come out to play), Ashton Eaton looking to go back to back in the Decathlon.
This is getting longer than I realized! I don't know a lot of the sprinters (shame on me!) that are up and coming. Usain and Gatlin have been who I've been watching - but I can't wait to see who steps up to really put the pressure on! I do love Allyson Felix though in women's Track and Field.
OH my goodness and so much more.
For a list of athletes to watch go HERE
What are you looking forward to in RIO this year???
Coaching is a tough job. Personally, all I want as a coach is for the players that come through my teams to learn, have fun and want to give their all for their team. It’s not always easy making that possible for every player on a team. They all need and want something different.
It’s finding a way to align the goals of all the players with your goals as the coach that really makes a season come together. And then, when the season ends, all you can hope is that something, anything that they learned stayed with them.
And that is where off-season conditioning comes in. I know a lot of youth won’t even think about it on their own. They would need an organized program to keep them going in the off season, or another sport, which is always a good idea as well.
But, even if they are involved in another sport, it’s important to continue conditioning your body for all sports. And that is where the conditioning comes in.
Unfortunately, too many kids don’t use just a simple 20 minutes a day to work on their underlying muscles that can help them be the best they can be. And, sometimes, that’s ok. Some kids just want to play. It’s the ones that want to take it further that need someone to give them that extra push.
That’s where a lot of coaches fall short, I think. Once the season is over, they say goodbye to all the players without much advice for the off season. I would LOVE to see more coaches put together off season training outlines for kids to use when they don’t have a coach around telling them what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
Just a simply put together very basic plan that they can customize and make their own based on their schedule. I’ve done it for a couple of players that asked but my club has made it seem as if this is something I shouldn’t do as a whole because a kid may feel obligated to do it, feel like they HAVE to participate.
But, that’s the thing. Nobody but you and maybe your parents will really know if you did any of it at all. Why shouldn’t a player have that opportunity to better themselves in the off season so when they come back for tryouts at the beginning of the next season, they are still ready to go and feeling better than ever?
That’s just my opinion, I suppose.
But, we, as coaches, are supposed to give players every tool they can possibly get to do what they want with. Our job isn’t over just because the season is over. That kid that didn’t get the little addition could get older and say man, I wish I realized I should have been doing these things sooner, imagine where I could have been now. OR they can be saying, man, I’m glad Coach J helped me out after that one season. I used that advice every season and look where I am now!!!
10 Things on my Bucketlist
Ireland is a place I’ve always wanted to go. Really, I can probably make a full bucketlist longer than your average person’s with just travel destinations but Ireland is definitely one of the tops on my list.
2 Paraglide over the Grand Canyon
My husband is scared to death of the mere idea of this. I like adrenaline pumping adventures. He prefers to watch. He takes me and drives me home. Spectates in between.
3 Cross Country Train Ride
I just found out about these so it is a new addition! It was the most exciting thing ever!!! I enjoy road trips but being able to sit back and just look around, nap as I please without making bad time – GENIUS!!!!!
4 Build a Car
This is probably the most far-fetched one. I’ve always wanted to build an old car, even if I buy one of those kits. But, I know very very very very very little about the workings of mechanics of any kind and the closest person I know that would even consider working with me is 1,000 miles away right now.
I find this one self-explanatory. Who doesn’t want a romantic getaway to Paris?
I want to take an African Safari. It just sounds like a hell of an adventure into real nature. That’s one of my big ones. Just to see the world outside the world.
7 Visit Every State
I want to drive through the entire country by the time I kick the old bucket. See all the big things to see, say I’ve been there. I have a long way to go. As far as actually having been there (more than just a day/in the airport) I’m up to 9.
8 Bungee Jump
Another thing my husband is completely, absolutely, 100% against! I don’t know if he’d even be able to watch this one. But, I think it would be pretty cool to jump off a bridge and bounce upside down from a rubber band.
I lived in Hawaii and I never surfed. I always wanted to but of all things, the ocean is one thing that kind of scares me. Yes, even after I said I want to bungee jump, the ocean scares me. I don’t get it either!
10 Snow Board
This should be the first one accomplished on this brief list. I LIVE IN COLORADO!!! Don’t ask, just don’t!
"If you want something you've never had, you've got do something you've never done." ~ Thomas Jefferson
COACHING TO MAKE LEADERS
#DisneyGatorAttack – so what do we think about this Gator Attack in Disney World? No doubt, my heart goes out to the family. I couldn’t even imagine going through that. Many people are blaming the parents, many are saying have compassion. I’ve seen some underlying “blame Disney” thoughts as well.
My take is if there are no swimming signs, they are there for a reason. A toddler shouldn’t be anywhere near a lake/pond/lagoon/body of water without the parents within arm’s length either way.
Also, it is Florida. Florida is known for its gators. They are wild animals. They can’t be controlled.
I don’t know. As I said, I still have compassion for the family. There’s no words to express. Nowadays this world just has too much revenge in tragedy, seeking to blame somebody, anybody that can pay them.
Just like the Gorilla in Cincinnati, how long has that zoo been in operation? How did this kid get through when so many others didn’t?
What are your thoughts on the incidents?
So, the Cubs are so cursed that even when everything is going right (and the stat geeks even say the Cubs have been relatively unlucky by their standards) and they could be the best “regular” season team in the history of baseball; people still doubt their chances of breaking said curse.
How crazy is that????
I remember buying in last year with the whole “Back to the Future” thing going on. It had to happen. But, last year was supposed to be the start of rebuilding. They over-achieved last year. This is supposed to be their year (this year and the next 5ish) from the rebuilding process.
They have all the tools to do it. The question just becomes; how strong is this curse? It has seemed so impossible for a very long time.
I don’t watch a lot of baseball. It bores me on TV. I love going to the games, though. The Cubs don’t come to Denver until August so I have a LONG time to wait for that! But, I check the score every day.
The other day we went out to dinner, though, and the game was one. The one game I see on TV and what happens. The damn Cubs lose!!! COME ON MAN!!!!
For now, my fingers are crossed and I’m excited about the prospect. I may have to fly out to Chicago in October and catch a playoff game or two. Ok, that probably won’t happen. Unfortunately, I’m not made of money!!! Maybe my husband will surprise me with a weekend getaway and some Playoff Wrigley tickets.
That is probably as unlikely as the Cubs breaking this damn curse!
What are the Cubs chances???