Soccer season for my two daughters is now complete and I'm once again reflecting on my experience of coaching my 3 year old's team. The experience was a very positive one. It was my second season, following the Fall 2013 season, of coaching my 3 year old's team. I also had the opportunity to fill in as coach for a game for my 7 year old's team. Both experiences were amazing and I loved every minute of it. I encourage all parents to carefully consider volunteering to be a coach for your child's team. Maybe it's soccer, basketball, football, t-ball, baseball, softball, etc. City and county leagues are always looking for volunteer coaches.
In most cases, no coaching experience is needed. Many leagues will provide coach training sessions. Take myself as an example. I have no experience playing organized soccer and the number of unorganized soccer games I've played in my life can be counted on one hand! Soccer was not a big thing when and where I grew up. My 3 year old's team consists of 3 and 4 year old kids. At that age, the coaches biggest responsibility is getting all kids to play, helping them when they fall down and/or cry, and making sure they all get to kick the ball a few times during the game. Coaching responsibilities increase a bit as skills become more important as your child ages, but one can easily pick this up by watching a few games in the older age groups.
Coaching isn't for everyone, but don't immediately discount it. I never thought I'd be a coach and then suddenly the opportunity presented itself and now I love it! It's a great bonding experience with my girls.