It was the first year where I have not had an athlete I coach move on to the sectional meet the next week.
First time in 10 years.
I guess, I can kind of count the high jump/long jumper who made it since I coach him in the sprinting portion and when he listened to what I said about technique yesterday, he moved from 6th place to 2nd place. But, I also can't really count him since he is one of the athletes who prefers not to listen and practices his way rather than the way that is called on by the coaches. One kid was a thrower, three were distance girls (two have kind of worked with me, but not extensively), and one was a pole vaulter.
It was our lowest number to make it through since I have been at this school. And I have nothing to show for the hard work I have put in with our sprinters.
I know there are excuses I could use - we didn't have a track this year since it is still under construction; the kids really worked less hard than any previous year, our District consists of athletes that will easily place in the top 8 at the State meet in two weeks so we had really tough competition yesterday, one of our best guys was suspended a week ago and couldn't compete yesterday. But there are also things that went well this season - we did have a decent place to practice, there were improvements seen in several of the athletes, the kids have competed well against some of the kids they competed against yesterday, the weather this season has been so great that there were not really many times where we had to cancel meets or practices, and there could be tons more.
Part of me is really disappointed in my results from yesterday.
Part of me doesn't really even care anymore.
I have been at this crossroads with coaching for over a year. Perhaps these emotions, or lack of emotions are a sign.
This is my Stream of Consciousness post for the week. I didn't follow the prompt since this was on my mind, but you can see the prompt and other link ups for the week at allthingsfadra. You can also take part - 5 minute free write on the prompt or whatever is on your mind.