A Season To Remember

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Real Estate Agent with Westcott Group Real Estate Company

 As a youth growing up on Long Island, the only organized sport that I played was little league baseball.  There was one season of junior high school football sprinkled in, but for the most part, baseball was the sport that I looked forward to most.  As a grown-up, football grew to be my favorite sport.  My son, following in my footsteps, has been a huge football fan since he was around 2 years old.

 

In previous posts, I wrote about my son playing football for the Hauppauge Youth Organization in the five and six-year old division.  On a team of fourteen kids, my son was amongst a handful of kindergartners on the team.  Although he is mature for his age, he did struggle at times with the complexities of organized football.  As one of the coaches, it was my job to help him and the rest of his teammates improve over the course of the season.

 

 Most of the kids showed meaningful progress from the first practice in August until the recent final game of the season.  It was truly amazing to see progress happening right before my eyes.  This is the first time that I've gotten to experience anything like this, and it was very satisfying.  As a youth playing little league baseball, we kept the same team together for several years, so we all progressed together.  When you're playing the game, you just have so much fun that you fail to realize that improvement is happening on a regular basis.

 

When I look back on the days of playing little league, all I can remember is the good times.  Maybe it's because nostalgia can really polish up a memory and make it exactly what you want it to be, or maybe it's because things really were fun.  At times during this season, these kids seemed to be having the time of their lives.  However, the football season is long and it takes a lot of time and dedication to get the most out of it.

 

The team was made up of basically good kids, but they would act up from time to time.  In our short attention span world, the mind of a five or six-year old seems to be constantly racing.  At times, I was amazed that any progress was made, especially during the practices where the kids were "acting up."

 

 As I reflect back upon this season, the thing that I am most proud of is not the development of the kids as football players, although it was exciting to experience it first-hand.  For me, my proudest moment is that my son dedicated himself to playing the game, and kept a laser focus throughout the season.  He missed one practice and one game during the course of the entire season, and his limited absences were caused by family obligations and not by his own doing.

 

When judging the skill level of the kids on the team, my son would be considered average at best.  The same can be said for most of the team, although a few of them really shined.  As a first-year player, it was to be expected.  What I can say with 100% conviction is that he was the most dedicated player on the team.  Maybe it stems from the fact that the same discipline that he receives at home was continued by having me coach him on the field.  Whatever the reason, he always played the position that he was told to play and did whatever was asked of him in practice without ever complaining. 

 

 If not for the fact that I pushed him to execute the plays more efficiently, my son would probably tell you that it was a perfect season.  Now that the season has ended, he genuinely misses going to practice and told me that Sundays don't feel the same.  I can honestly say that my son is wise beyond his years, and he often times observes the world with the awareness of an adult.  Most kids couldn't wait for practice to end, but my son actually was excited to go to football practice.

 

Many parents have a hard time being objective when it comes to their children, but that is not an issue for me.  There are things that he can use work on and things that he does very well.  Other parents and teachers have spoken to my wife and me about my son's wisdom and maturity level in relation to their own children, so I know that he is different than most kids his age, which can have its drawbacks at times as well.

 

 Overall, the coaching experience was a great one.  The ability to teach and connect with kids was something that I didn't even know that I possessed until I started coaching the team.  It's a great feeling to see one of the kids from the team come up to you in school or around town and be excited to see you.  In a day and age when parents and coaches tend to take things to unfortunate extremes, it makes me proud to say that this team, the parents and the coaches were as tight-knit as the little league baseball team that I played on as kid.

 

The season to remember culminated in a team pizza party.  All of the kids wore their jerseys and got to bond for one last time as a team, as they will not all be together again next year when the six-year olds move up to another division.  Many of the parents have older children that have been playing organized sports for a while.  These parents, in particular, were so impressed with the way that we coached the team, that they presented us each with a gift and a thank you card at the party.

 

This surprising gesture was very moving, and greatly appreciated.  Each coach received a gift certificate to a restaurant inside of the thank you card.  This alone would have been more than enough, but we also each received a framed copy of the team photo.  This will hang in my home office for years to come as a constant reminder of a season to remember.

 

 

About The Author

Adam Waldman is a Long Island Residential Real Estate and Relocation Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate on Long Island or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice. Many Long Islanders have chosen to relocate to other parts of the country, but often times they don't have anyone to turn to for assistance. Realizing that this was an underserved market, Adam Waldman has created a team of professionals throughout the country to ensure that relocating Long Islanders enjoy a smooth transition to their new area. These professionals are experts in the field of relocation and can serve many purposes beyond a simple home search. Please visit www.TheLIReloGuy.com for your relocation needs and www.AdamWaldman.com for your local needs.

Adam Waldman - RE/MAX Best - 631-357-2036 - adam@AdamWaldman.com

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Jason Crouch
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Adam - This is a terrific post about this experience and what it meant to you and to your son.  I'm sure you won't soon forget this time.  I am glad that you also posted this to Localism, because it belongs there, too.  Sometimes being dedicated and focused is more important than any other set of specific skills.  Have a great night - talk to you soon.
Nov 17, 2007 11:03 AM #1
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Kathy Passarette
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Boy Adam, you really brought me back.  Along with Little League baseball, my son started playing football in the PAL leagues (North Shore Colts) on a 7/8 year old team.  My husband was the coach and continued to coach his team up to and including the last year in this league, which was 12 years old.  I was, happily, Team Mom.

They were all adorable (mother's point of view) and I wanted to cover him in bubble wrap from head to toe every practice and game!  My son is not the best player but he is one of the best team players.  He was never really aggressive enough and wasn't even first string in high school, but if you ask him what some of his best memories are he will tell you being on the football team. 

After all these years, many of the former league players still call my husband "Coach" and it has been a pleasure watching them play high school ball along side my son; to see how far they have come.  My son is a senior this year, and they ended their season a couple of weeks ago.  I believe that being a part of football has added to my son's life and that, along with our foundation, will guide him to be the best young man he can be.   

Sorry to go on, but I can tell you that your son will treasure the time you are spending with him as coach and Dad; that he will take so much more away with him as he grows up besides playing football; and he will have some great memories of his own.  Enjoy!

Nov 17, 2007 11:22 AM #2
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Lisa Heindel
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Adam, good for you for taking the time to coach.  My husband coached T-ball and Baseball for our youngest children and we still see kids that run up to him, calling him "Coach".  He was never one of those mean coaches who yelled...kids got positive feedback, hugs and everyone that hit a home run knew he would buy them a snowball at the end of the game.  It makes such an impression on them when someone takes the time to teach and care.  Great job!
Nov 17, 2007 11:34 AM #3
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Adam:

WHAT A WONDERFUL TOPIC!  I love reading the posts about the parents and their kids.  These are very special times that you won't ever forget and neither will your son.  Enjoy them!  I hope that you continue to write more like this.  I really like them and I am 100% confident that your readers will to.

Nov 17, 2007 12:41 PM #4
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Adam:

I just fired you off an e-mail!  READ IT!!!! ASAP!!!!

I'm gonna help you RAISE SOME DELL!!!!!!


I can have it to you next week.  I am not joking! 
Nov 17, 2007 01:07 PM #5
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Terrific piece and all, Adam, but your tight end really killed my PeeWee League fantasy football team this year.  Next time, give a guy a tip about one of your players having stone hands, will ya?
Nov 17, 2007 02:19 PM #6
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Danny Thornton
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Adam, kids are great. And youth athletics are awesome. I love to see kids that love to be there.
Nov 17, 2007 02:37 PM #7
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Adam-The stories you share about your family are my favorite.  Your son is following by your example and that is very clear to see.  He has drive, perseverance, dignity and value.  I would say that is you completely.  

Is that picture your son?  

Have a fabulous Sunday! 

Nov 18, 2007 02:21 AM #8
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Thomas Weiss
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Adam,

I am right there with you... I coach for my Kids Soccer team, and they all love me for that.

Tom Weiss

Nov 18, 2007 03:32 AM #9
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Tom Plant
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Adam - Your son is a lucky boy to have a dad who cares so much about his development. It's heart-warming to see how important family clearly is to you. Beautiful post. All the kids on the team were lucky to be the recipients of your passion.
Nov 18, 2007 04:00 AM #10
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Adam,

It's great that you get involved with your kids.  I had done the same when my kids were in 4H and US Pony Club.  I was there for them.  Nice to see your dedication.

Nov 18, 2007 07:26 AM #11
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Adam- What a wonderful experience you had and what a great writer to take that experience and be able to pen it in such a way as to have the reader really pulled into your story. This is a great writing piece. Our son, the 5 year old is mature as an adult and people are amazed at his adult conversation when we go places. My 5th child, a daughter who is 19 now is 3 credits away from her BA in Palm Beach Atlantic University where she has been going since the age of 14 and is now on her way to get her Masters in pyschology. When she was 5 she was told she was gifted and she never set foot in a high school, from 7th and 8th grade work to the University. We see the same in our youngest son now. Katerina
Nov 18, 2007 08:35 AM #12
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Adam

My little ones are only 4 and 2........I already see that love and spirit in these little ladies of mine.

Thanks for sharing the way you did! That was an awesome story.....who grows more, them or YOU?

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JASON:  I knew that this one would be right up your alley.  It's got football and fatherhood.  What more can you ask for?  I'm glad that you enjoyed it.  It was a great experience for me, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Thanks for commenting, Jason.

KATHY:  I know what you mean about wanting to protect your son.  When we get together soon, I'll share a story with you that is better told than written.  My son and your son have a lot in common, it would seem.  It's a great feeling to be called "Coach."  Football was a great experience for my son, and he's already looking forward to next year.  I hope that my son's memories of this are as good as they are right now.  Thanks for commenting, Kathy, and for sharing your memories as well.

LISA:  T-Ball is next, coming in April.  I'm ready to coach that as well.  It's great to be called "Coach," and with our flexible schedules, it allows me to continue to do so for years to come.  I did what I could to teach and encourage, but I was also the one that disciplined them because they got very unruly at times.  Overall, it was an amazing experience.  Thanks for commenting, Lisa.

JESSICA:  I love every minute that I spend with my son.  He's a great little pal.  We will both remember this time forever.  I will try to put some more of these out as much as possible.  It's fun to write about our experiences.  Thanks for commenting, Jessica.

PAUL:  You're addicted to Pee Wee Fantasy Football.  You need to get some help.  It's not healthy, and it will take away from your blogging time.  Thanks for commenting, Paul.

DANNY:  My son truly loved going to practice, to the point that he would just mope around the house if it ever got called for bad weather.  It was really amazing to see.  I am still like that.  I'm playing baseball, and have happily gone to practices that lasted over 3 hours.  Thanks for commenting, Danny.

JULIE:  I'm glad that you like the family stories.  They seem to be something that people would like to see more of.  I'll start working some more of them in as much as possible.  I try to instill as much of me as I can into my son.  It seems like it's working because he always talks about how he likes to be like me.  That's not him in the picture, but I thought that it captured the message that I was going for.  Thanks for your support and your comments, Julie.

TOM W:  It's the greatest feeling in the world, isn't it?  Thanks for sharing and commenting, Tom.

TOM P:  His development as a person and as a teammate are paramount in my life.  My family is my life.  Real estate just helps me enjoy them even more.  Thanks for your kind words, Tom.  I really appreciate your input on this.

BRIGITA:  I have wanted to coach since the day that my son was born.  It's a dream-come-true.  It's nice to hear the stories about others that have enjoyed similar experiences.  Thanks for sharing and commenting, Brigita.

KATERINA:  I'm so glad that you thought that the story read well.  I'm never as sure about these personal stories.  Coming from you, I know that I've done something right.  I think that when others start to see the higher level in our children, that it is really something that is happening.  I can see things that need work, but overall, his intelligence and maturity level is nowhere near his chronological age.  It's too bad that we live so far apart.  It sounds like they would get along quite well.  Thanks for commenting, Katerina.

BILL:  I'm so glad that you enjoyed the story.  It meant a lot to me to write it.  It was my pleasure to share one of the best experiences that I've ever had with my friends here on AR.  I think that we all grew together, which is what made it so special.  Thanks for your constant support Bill.  I really appreciate it.

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