Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Twins and the Football Team
I was hopping at the gym. Three moms came in to sign up their kids for boxing. I'm particularly looking forward to coaching three of the kids, two six year old boys and their eight year old sister. The two boys were very animated, while their sister, the voice of reason, smiled, looked at them and shook her head. I felt like I was in a comedy show with the two boys, who were proud to show me their various scars. After they all left, I looked at the sign up form and wondered why their mother listed both of her sons as having the same birthday. Then it dawned on me that the boys were twins. But I could tell them apart. That will be helpful when they come in next week.
The teenagers returned, but not the 15 year old girl who was in the other day. It was all boys, and all they wanted to do was spar, so I let them. But at the same time, the football coach brought his team in for conditioning exercises. It was quite a juggling act, keeping an eye on the teens while giving exercises to the team. I ran out of exercises after awhile, so I taught them the punches.
Looks like the word has gotten out, and now, I'm getting a rush of kids and teens in. I still don't have the boxing fliers, but Steve, the supervisor, promised he would pick them up for me tomorrow. I have to alert the parents that the current times are only for the fall and winter sessions. By spring, an adult session will probably be added. Unfortunately, the younger kids time will have to be cut by at least a half-hour when that happens. But the more I work with those under age 12, the more I realize that an hour is really all they need.
The teens will need the hour and a half, especially since most of them have expressed an interest in getting matches. A couple of the teens who came in will be 16 years old before the end of the year. I told them it was a little late to try to get a fight at the park district tournaments, which are happening now. But then can set their sites on next year's Chicago Golden Gloves. However, they have to start training for it now.
The adults, even though most of them probably will not compete, are going to need to have an hour and a half. They are going to want to feel that they've received enough time for whatever fee they will have to pay.