Asides from CAS week, I have decided to complete the rest of my service hours through coaching youth soccer teams for the Major League Football Association (MLFA).
1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
I believe that I became more aware of my different strengths and weaknesses through coaching youth soccer players as it tests a large array of skills. For instance, the ability to think on your feet, create creative and engaging solutions is crucial. Initially, it was challenging to adjust drills and activities in a logical manner that benefited the whole team. However, I believe that I was able to gradually develop this skill, as I continued to force myself to think outside of the box. Another weakness that I discovered was my confidence level. As an authority figure, especially for such a young demographic, is it essential that you exude confidence in order to establish respect and and organization.
2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
Similar to my previous response, a challenge that I encountered whilst coaching at a Under 10’s tournament was making ethical and fair decisions, however still wanting to win. At the level of this age group, the two most important rules of the thumb are to have fun and for everyone to participate. However, the parents, players, and I all still want to win. This proposes a challenge. As each player has different playing levels, strengths, and weaknesses, I was forced to make strategies in order to overcome these challenges, thus developing my inquirer skills.
3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
4. How did you persevere in action?
Despite the challenges, I continue to enjoy coaching and plan to pursue it further. When I encounter different challenges I either force myself to think outside of the box, get advice from others, and/or research different alternatives/ methods to handle a situation.
5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
I constantly work collaboratively with other in two different situations – with my employers, and the players. I work collaboratively with the other coaches in order to sustain organization and for the practices to go smoothly. For instance, during practices sometimes I will work with another coach to plan and create different drills and topics. I work collaboratively with the players, through their feedback and thoughts on different drills and activities. As a couple primary goals is for players to have fun and to participate, it is essential for a coach to be able to communicate with the players to achieve these goals to the maximum, whilst still helping the players to develop.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
I developed international-mindedness through both CAS week and coaching.
7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?