One of the New Things I don't think I ever wrote about (I'm keeping track, but this may have come up somewhere else in a different context…I don't think it did) is the fact that I didn't coach a team in 2013. It's been one of the highlights of my school year - coaching the girls' basketball team in the winter months.
But the major project I undertook last year prevented me from doing anything extra-curricular…besides the project itself.
So I gave up coaching for the year, under no realistic belief that I'd get the same team back this year.
This year, I'll be coaching a boys team.
The season picks up after Thanksgiving break, so I don't know how it will all shake out yet.
But it's new - for seven years I coached girls' basketball.
I coached some 5th and 6th grade boys' basketball almost ten years ago, and I've coached co-ed cross-country teams, but I've not coached a boys' basketball team.
It may turn out to be no different than coaching girls - I don't know.
It just feels different.
I've watched some of the boys' games in the past - they're faster-paced, and there are more points scored.
So I know that will be different.
But at this point there are a lot of unknowns.
Except that I do know this - I'm looking forward to coaching again.