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Coaching Young Athletes and my Memories

 

 

Coaching Young Athletes

 

It truly is sad that my full-time coaching young athletes days are behind me.

 

I love to Coach.

 

I love it from every aspect and angle.

 

The relationships you build with your athletes.

 

The friendships you develop with their families.

 

The sense of pride you get from watching your athletes succeed.

 

The feelings of intense dedication you get from working "over-time"
trying to figure out how to communicate better with some of the
kids in your care.

 

I’ve been blessed to an extraordinary level and will always wear the
brand of "Coach" with great pride and distinction.

 

But the IYCA has taken my career a different direction.

 

No less exciting.

 

No less fulfilling.

 

And certainly no less challenging.

 

But I admit to longing for the days of waking up at the crack of dawn
and meeting my sleepy-eyed, yet eager athletes at the gym for a
spirited morning session.

 

I miss everything about being a full-time Coach.

 

And that’s why I’m going to indulge you (or perhaps it’s you indulging
me!) over the next few days with stories and recounts of some of the
most memorable days I spent when my name wasn’t "Brian Grasso"
"CEO" or "Founder".

 

I was known simply by one word…

 

 

"Coach"

 

 

It’s going to be a bittersweet stroll down memory lane for me, to be sure,
but one that;

I guarantee will entertain and be laced with lessons that you
can use in your own coaching young athletes practice.

 

In the meantime, indulge me with a quick story about your coaching life.

 

A funny tale.

 

Serious lesson you learned.

 

Anything you choose to share.

 

I will be reading with great enthusiasm and a touch of envy.

 

Tell me a quick story about your coaching days below –

 

13-years of in the trenches are over, but the culmination of the
lessons I learned and information I’ve gathered is alive and well.

 

Click here to understand more about what I’ve learned from my
"in the trenches" training and coaching experience

 

Memories With Young Athletes

 

 

This is the first Christmas that I won’t be able to be with my family.

 

34 Holidays, every one of them spent with my Mom, Dad and two brothers.

 

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t sad.

 

Since moving to the United States in 2000, I’ve only managed to see my
family on average twice per year.

 

This year, I haven’t seen them at all.

 

It’s very easy to get tunnel vision with work.

 

We want so badly to succeed, that we can easily fall into the game of
‘work first, everything else second’.

 

That’s happened to me a little bit these past 12 months and I’m 100%
determined to make sure it never happens again.

 

My Dad turns 80 this coming January and is in wonderful health.

 

My Irish Mom is feisty as ever.

 

My two older brothers are both happy and full of the same vigor that made
them my idols growing up.

 

I miss them all very much.

 

I’ll be heading up to Toronto in early January to see everyone and spend some
moments that I will cherish for a long time.

 

My Dad will wake up at the crack of dawn and enjoy his breakfast cereal while
standing at the window to the back deck looking out at the birds (his favorite
past time).

 

And I’ll be there to meet him every morning.

 

My Mom will sit on the couch every day at lunch and read the day’s newspaper.

 

And I’ll be sitting beside her every afternoon.

 

Sometimes life isn’t about the big moments.

 

It’s about the small ones that you can savor.

 

Some of your young athletes will go onto to amazing college or even professional
careers.

 

But most will use your training as a conduit to become better, more self-assured
people.

 

Every moment you spend with your young athletes should be worthy of savoring.

 

Moments in time that they can look back upon and smile.

 

The little things in life are the most beautiful and precious.

 

Be sure to create and savor as many as you can this Holiday Season.

 

On behalf of the IYCA, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and
wonderful Holiday.

 

Embrace the small and insignificant things….

 

…. They’re all that really matter.

 

Brian