I’ve been captain of a men’s flag football team for several years in my county’s local rec league. The administrator sent out an urgent email begging someone to fill in as coach for a coed fifth grade team - the first coach backed out, and if no one filled in then the team wouldn’t be able to compete.
I thought about it and talked with my wife and volunteered. I emailed all the parents introducing myself and they were very gracious, saying how sad their kid was that the team may go defunct. I’ve since found out it’s one of those leagues sponsored by the NFL, with some quirky no contact rules that I’ll have to learn. Also, based on the roster, most of the players are girls.
So I know football pretty well, and I can learn the new rules. And I was in the military, and in some leadership positions, and I feel comfortable with authority. What I don’t have is any experience with fifth grades. I’m hopeful that a parent will volunteer to be assistant coach. My first practice will probably be next week, and games start in two weeks. Any ideas on what to expect, or tips dealing with fifth grades?