So, what's a die-hard basketball coach to do? He coaches his kids - and they (and me!) adore him for it! Jack has coached our kidlets for the past five years, ever since Mackie was a 4-year-old in Lil Dribblers for the first time.
He continued the youth coaching stint with a bit more ease this year - and even survived his competitive mess of a wife by his side as she helped him coach Mackie's 2nd grade girls team. (Side note: In the 10 weeks of practice and 7 weeks of games, Coach Conkling only told me once to simmer down - SUCCESS!)
Brax wrapped up his season this past weekend with the famous Lil Dribblers game on the big court of the Sports Arena. Hutch Rec does a great job with this final game, as each player runs out onto the court and is introduced, just like they would in a high school or college game. Jack also finished his five-year Lil Dribbler coaching stint. I say he should add that to any future coaching resume!
Brax improved so much from last year and grasped what the game was all about. He confidently shot baskets, (literally) stayed on his man the entire time on defense, and enthusiastically cheered and yelled (loudly) for his teammates when they scored.
It was such a treat watching these little ladies improve week in and week out on their skills, especially on the defensive side. We're excited to see how we do in the tournament next week and finish the year strong - and already are looking forward to more sports and next basketball season with the group!