James Sharer: Lacrosse Coach

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Education, Society

James Sharer is a student at Pennsylvania State University, where he is majoring in Biology and planning on becoming a doctor.

He graduated from Downingtown West High School in the spring of 2012, and right away began gearing up for college life. But he also had to work that summer. As with the summer of 2011, James Sharer spent the summer of 2012 working as a coach, leading a team of young lacrosse players and teaching them the finer points of the game.

“I was involved in designing drills and games for them to play,” James Sharer recalls. “I had to take a leadership role so that the children would listen to me and do what I asked them to.”

Taking a leadership role with kids on their summer break can sometimes be a tall order, as James Sharer learned. He quickly discovered that there can never be too many parents around at a team practice. He learned that parents make great assistant coaches, able to help him run drills and make sure the young athletes stayed hydrated on those hot summer afternoons.

James Sharer also learned that a well-organized practice session worked to his advantage. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, the saying goes, and James Sharer figured out that keeping the kids busy every single minute helped them stay focused on improving their games.

Finally, James Sharer always kept in mind that youth lacrosse ­ – or any youth sport, for that matter – wasn’t about winning so much as it was about teaching kids the fundamentals of a game, and making sure they had some fun along the way. So he always tried to have all the kids on the team involved, during practices and games alike.


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