The Young Coach

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Ten year-old Mira Houck is the soccer coach for a team of 5 year olds named the Rebels. This team is a co-ed team. This means it is boys and girls.

Ten year-old Mira Houck is the soccer coach for a team of 5 year olds named the Rebels. This team is a co-ed team. This means it is boys and girls. Mira says they chose that name so that people would think they're good.

 

Mira's soccer team plays for Rush in Thornton. Mira's mom, Curry Houck, said that "Mira is listed as the head coach." Mira became the Rebel's coach when the last coach bailed out on their team and didn't want to do it anymore. There was an opening and Mira and her dad really wanted to coach so they agreed to the plan.

 

During the game Mira works on the sidelines and does the substitutions while her dad works out in the field making sure they understand the game and which way the goal is. Mira is a very supportive coach. She says things like, "To the Goal!" The kids seem to really enjoy her. Mira gives the players on her team a lot of encouraging words like, "Nice Work!" "Good Job!" and "How did you do that!" Another thing Mira has to do as coach is take care of problems like tummy aches and headaches. She reminds them to drink their water.

 

Scott, one of the parents, said his daughter "loves the coaches because they are patient and give a lot of good techniques". Another parent, Jennifer Randolph said, "the coaches make it fun while they are learning."

 

At half-time Mira puts all the kids in a circle and asks questions just to make sure they were paying attention during the game. She also has them share something amazing about the game. When the game starts up again she reminds them to scoot back from the line so the ball doesn't hit them. Mira often jokes around with the kids when she switches kids for substitutions. When kids come back for their water break, she gives them high fives and says, "Good Job!" Mira says that before the game the kids have to eat healthy so they can feel excellent during a game.

 

Mira said the most important that a five year-old needs to know is that, "Winning isn't everything because if they play competitive, it won't be healthy."Mira's mother, Curry Houck told me that the qualities that Mira has that make her a good coach are that "she is kind and able to explain things really well" and "she is also knowledgeable. She knows a lot about soccer." She also says that, "Mira has defiantly learned patience. She is fun to watch and be around." Curry is very proud of Mira.

 

It is awesome to see Mira coach as a 10-year-old and I think that's really cool. The reason why Mira wanted to coach is because she loves connecting with kids. To Mira the worst part about coaching is getting the kids to pay attention. Mira is very special to those kids and that is what it's all about.

Caitlynn Hansen, 5th grade, Thornton