The BIG Game, Not The Superbowl.

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The BIG Game, Not The Superbowl.

The Sunnyside Stars vs The Lewis and Clark Wildcats

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

Tina Timm's 1st Game

Monday night ball! My 10 year old daughters first endeavor into after school sports, 5th grade girls basketball. After finding a somewhat reluctant coach the girls had one practice and then it was off to the BIG first game of their lives.

Now before it sounds like I'm giving the Stars coach a bad time I want to say that I am very thankful that he stood up to the challenge and did his best with the girls. He seems to be a terrific guy and I can say he handled my hyper sensitive, often crying (during the game) daughter well. He gave her way more playing time then I myself would have. I also want to say I've never played basketball, ever, so I was no help to my little girl.

The problem was this, Tina and many of the girls had never shot, dribbled, or even watched a basketball game in their little 10 year old lives. It was very obvious only a couple had a clue, at least that was the case with the Sunnyside Stars. The Wildcats on the other hand had a coach who had worked with the team a bit more and he yelled out instructions from the bench (not in a mean or obnoxious way). The Stars got more coaching from a sympathetic referee then from the coach (but again the coach was a nice very careing guy). The final score was the Wildcats 50, the Stars 8.

When you work with first time home buyers what kind of coach are you? Are you letting them know what to expect, how the other team is going to joy in taking them to the cleaners if at all possible? Have you coached them on offers, counter offers, and counter counter offers? Have you given them a game plan and even a back-up plan before the first offer is made? Are they learning more from the lenders and the home inspectors then from you, like my daughters team was better coached from the referee then the coach himself? First time home owners deserve the best you have to offer, not sympathy and condolences, you have to get out there and teach them how to take charge of their own destination, home ownership. Are you keeping in touch with them, like the Wildcats coach yelling from the bench, or do they feel like they are out there all alone, without a clue, hoping they don't get clobbered 50 to 8?

Inform and get personally involved with you first time homeowner clients. They hired you as their coach, show them they made a wise choice.

Bob Timm Oak Park Realty Minot ND Real Estate

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Don Wixom
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Bob, great advice for coaching our first time home buyers! We take so much for granted, that we think they already know what to do and what to expect.

Good luck with the basketball girl!

Jan 24, 2011 02:47 PM #1
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Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
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Our coaching abilities are most important with first time homebuyers. Thanks for reminding us.

Jan 24, 2011 02:48 PM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks Don for the compliment and as far as Tina goes I'm actually surprised (pleasantly) that she wants to stick with it.

Debra, that constant communication is the hard part for me but silence can really be a killer for a young couple waiting for instruction on the biggest investment of their lives.

Jan 24, 2011 02:58 PM #3
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
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GOOD MORNING BOB!  Curious - how did the coach handle the loss?  Coaching is basically direction.  And people (and kids) do need direction if they haven't done something before.  --G

Jan 24, 2011 11:33 PM #4
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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GOOD MORNING GABRIELLE! I really could not tell and in this case I'm glad he was still smiling and letting the girls know it was OK. How he handled it should really come out in the next practice. If the girls do not show any improvement in their next game then I may be alarmed. Having said I know absolutely nothing about basketball I'm thinking I better start learning very quickly so I can help out my little Tina.

Jan 25, 2011 12:13 AM #5
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Tamara Elliott-Deering
Central Metro Realty - Austin, TX

Bob,

One year my dad decided to take on coaching my soccer team because no one else would do it.  (He got into coaching after deciding that he didn't like the alcoholic little league softball coach we had)  He barely understood soccer, what he did understand was motivating kids.  He still does, and coached softball for a long time after us kids finished playing.  Anyway, what he did for the soccer team is he recruited my team mates' brothers, and any other parent who didn't have time to coach but understood the game to help out with drills and the like.  Then he taught us that learning to lose was much more important than learning to win.  He said that if we could lose well, winning would be a lot more fun.  And you know what? It was.

Tamara

Jan 25, 2011 05:31 AM #6
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Laura Giannotta
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If Tina like the game she'll be at it all the time!  That was my sport at that age and through high school!

Jan 25, 2011 10:39 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Tamara, well I'm thinking of jumping in. Thanks for the encouragement.

Laura, I'm all for anything that may lead to a scholarship.

Jan 25, 2011 11:05 AM #8
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