Sunday, September 14, 2014
Coaching This Week
There are posters in the gym that were up on the walls long before I was hired as a coach. However, I needed to add some more pictures to the available bulletin boards. I used to keep my old copies of The Ring magazine, but one of the last times I did a cleaning purge, I threw most of them out. A few of the ones I kept as collectors' items I did not cut up. But I did cut up the most recent copies I had for the gym's bulletin boards. The Ring does feature stories about female fighters these days, but I was a bit miffed that I didn't have enough photos of female fighters to post. One of my goals is to attract a number of girls to take up boxing. It would be nice if they could see plenty of pictures of other women in the sport. I still have to look among my stuff to see if I have any more boxing pictures.
I found out that I have to turn in a lesson plan. I've been working on that for the last month. The goal is to get across that conditioning is just as important as knowing how to throw punches. I want to cut down on the "all I have to do is spar" thinking that I've witnessed out of people in other gyms. In fact, I'm only allowing sparring to happen once a week, and that aspect of the training will not begin until next month.
I have a handout for parents which is on the staff computer at the field house. It explains what amateur boxing is and what it isn't. Most of the parents who have expressed a desire for their kids to be in the class are okay with their kids being in the sport. The handout is more for parents who may uneasy with their kids wanting to box.
There's still not much equipment on hand for the kids who will start in the gym this week; more will come in eventually. Luckily, boxing is not one of those sports that require a lot of equipment to get started. There will be a big emphasis on shadow boxing and floor exercises for awhile.
I keep thinking about how I want the kids to address me. "Coach" or my first name (or a combination) will be fine. But I rather not be known as "Miss Hillari". Makes me sound like some old schoolmarm in the Old West. I didn't mind when kids at the church where I used to attend called me that, but it doesn't sound right for the gym.
Speaking of church, I did try out a new one today. If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know some of the difficulties I had at the church where I used to be a member (and from what I keep hearing, not much has changed). It's been a little over a year since I attended regular services. Afterwards, I had coffee with other newcomers to the church, a church member, and the pastor and his wife. People were asked what they did for a living. Everyone went wide-eyed when I told them I coach boxing. "We would have never guessed that!" people said.