Little League® – A Coaches Creed
By Jeremy Worth
Coach, Crescent Little League, California District 29
I am a Little League® coach in Buena Park, Calif. I've spent many hours on the field with a group of great kids over the last couple seasons, and have written something from my experience.
Coaching my son’s team has provided me with a much-needed source of personal satisfaction that I am very thankful for. Part of the joy I’ve taken from my experience has been nurturing these kids during a vital time in their youth development.
Little League – A Coaches Creed draws on my passion and personal reflection, and is my interpretation of how we as coaches should approach the opportunity. After reading the Coaches/Managers Role section on the Little League website, I believe my thoughts in this poem are in line with Little League’s expectations of its coaches, and it could act as an appealing and brief way to re-emphasize the concept.
I am proud and I stand tall,
For I am a coach of Little League ball.
The privilege is mine to shape a team,
Where kids build friendships and self-esteem.
Applying words of praise to inspire,
I also help kindle a competitive fire…
Though sportsmanship is atop the list,
Of the many life lessons where I can assist.
I teach skills of the game with the hope to yield,
Great moments of joy out on the field.
And I know when all these things align,
The joy of coaching is truly mine!