I’m a CK (coach’s kid). Putting my life-long love of sports to work seemed like the only option when I graduated college. But I quickly discovered sports was not the joy for all kids that it was for me.
My father coached basketball for as long as my siblings or I can remember. We did our homework while he ran practices and watched from the sidelines during games. I noticed his face always shined with pure love for the game. He hated losing as much as the next coach, but he always reminded his team why they were there in the first place: for the game. When I started coaching and refereeing as an adult, I saw more competitiveness and negativity than real coaching and respect for the game. Unfortunately, parents yelling at kids for their performance was not an uncommon site after games. I saw coaches lose their tempers, displaying poor sportsmanship and players who then imitated this. I saw kids sitting on benches the whole game…during middle school games that weren’t riding on a state championship. And I saw kids without basic skill foundations who seemed to have forgotten why they started playing in the first place.
I started running adult leagues and as soon as he could ask, my son wanted to know when he could play. Like many young children, he loved chasing balls with glee and didn’t care that he could not catch the ball yet. He just loved PLAYING. Truth be told, I was worried about sending him to play competitive sports and seeing the joy leave his face from the experience. After saying “someday” to him too many times, I realized I was missing an opportunity.
I started Live2Play Sports to offer children of all ages the chance to build athletic skills in a non-competitive environment. No yelling parents, no arguments, everyone plays and the focus is on fun. The parent of a third-grade player told me this is the first chance her son has had to actually build his skills. He was never taught how to kick, pitch, or catch a ball. And because of this, he never got to play and so never got to build those skills. She’s amazed at how quickly he’s gained confidence in his physical skills playing on one of my kickball teams. Further, she’s thrilled to see how good he feels about himself from the experience. She’s since signed all of her kids up for youth kickball.
Come to one of our fields and you’ll see a very different experience from your usual youth sports leagues. There’s no “sides,” everyone cheers for everyone. Kids cooperate and help each other do better. We host nights for adults-only along with an end of season team celebration for the kids. It’s not the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality. The focus is on giving every kid the opportunity to play, build their skills and confidence, and bring back the love of the game.
Check out www.Live2PlaySports.com