CYBL - COACH TESTIMONIALS

Each year CYBL needs Parents to volunteer to become CYBL Coaches because without enough volunteer Parent Coaches, there can be no CYBL!

One of the major reasons Parents give for not coaching is that they don't believe they have enough experience to adequately handle a CYBL Coaching position.

Because of that, the league has put together this Web page that provides testimonials from Parents who have coached in CYBL, and the positive experience it was for them.

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From a former Junior Boys Division Coach:

"I was a 40-something overweight hyper-busy entrepreneur and Dad when my kids started playing in CYBL. I was never much of an athlete (although I did try to play) and knew nothing about coaching. I barely even knew what “traveling” was and had no idea of the more complex rules of basketball.

After watching my son play in CYBL for a year or two, I realized that as long as I was attending all the games and practices anyway, I might as well try to help out.

I volunteered to assist, but due to a shortage of volunteers was talked into coaching. I suddenly had my own Junior team, and was scared to death.

So I got organized. I read the rule book, watched some tapes on coaching and practice drills, organized practices to the nth degree, figured out how to do legal substitutions on the fly, and showed up.

Coaching CYBL was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I ended up coaching CYBL for 6 or 7 years, even after my sons had moved on to HS, where I just watched.

I never won a championship, and I did not have a superstar son who dominated the league or anything -- but I had a blast. I grew closer to my sons, who later were my assistant coaches (my youngest son eventually knew the game better than I did), and I grew close to kids I did not know at all outside of CYBL, and I felt good about making a modest contribution to the community.

We had some WONDERFUL experiences both with winning games and seeing kids make tremendous progress in skills and confidence.

If CYBL needs you, I advise you to step up. All you need is the willingness to plan and be prepared, and the willingness to try. You don’t need to be an expert in basketball, child psychology or teaching -- you just need the courage. The rewards are spectacular.

My kids are now in college and I have long since moved out of state or I’d be coaching CYBL again this year."
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From a former Mites, Cadets and Junior Boys Division Coach:

"I never considered myself an expert on basketball, or any other sport for that matter. Like the teacher who is teaching a new subject and reading the book one chapter ahead of the class, I felt that with a little study and work I could be a coach. I certainly knew more than 4th graders! So when my son signed up for CYBL Mites I began a six year journey through the Mites, Cadets and Junior Boys leagues in CYBL. I realized early on that the keys to coaching young boys were enthusiasm and a positive attitude. At practice, my goals were to keep ‘em moving and make it fun. The structure of the league was such that I didn’t have to do much more beyond following the template laid out for me. Along the way I learned more about basketball, and hopefully passed that along to the players.

I had four goals for all my teams: (1) To have Fun, (2) To meet some new friends, (3) To get some exercise, and (4) To develop the players’ basketball skills and knowledge. Winning wasn’t on the list, but of course we tried to win. Basketball is a competitive sport and it’s more fun for the kids, coaches and parents if you feel you have a chance to win. Trying to win means you are giving it your best effort, which is important for the kids to learn. I always told my players that if they work hard, keep a positive attitude and never give up, good things will happen. I hope they listened. And many good things happened along the way. But learning to live with defeat is also an important lesson. Every season, when the playoffs are over, only one team is the winner, but that doesn’t mean all the others are losers.

I greatly enjoyed my time coaching in CYBL. The folks that run the league, the referees and the other coaches were always great. The coaches that I worked with on my teams were always supportive and, in several cases, great friendships have developed. The kids I coached were all super and a joy to work with. And what fun it has been to watch them grow over the years. I’ve also met and made friends with many, many parents that couldn’t have been nicer.

I had fun every step of the way and would heartily recommend it. You don’t have to be a basketball guru to be a CYBL coach. Just be a concerned adult who likes basketball and wants to help the kids have a good time learning to play the game. That will work just fine."
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