Coaching Soccer, Community, Real Estate

One reason I'm a realtor: I can coach soccer.

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Soccer starts again. Finally. Thanks to snow and rain, the start of this year’s soccer season has been delayed by three weeks.

Re-posting what I wrote in 2011 (with a few updates):

This Thursday my spring life changes again. My real estate business will shut down from three o’clock to six thirty for preparation and practice. And Saturdays’ schedules will be non-negotiably altered. I’ve never knowingly lost a client because I don’t negotiate my coaching soccer, but I’m ok if I have.

The start of soccer season always brings reflection and anticipation.

Coaching U-12 soccer is a thrilling, exhausting, rewarding, exhausting, trying, fun, exhausting and one of the best things I’ve ever done. Seeing the girls I coached ten and twelve years ago develop into real people – real people who are still playing soccer – is indescribably rewarding. My goal for each practice, each season, is to instill the love of the game I played for 30 years. (I’m 39, thankyouverymuch)

What does this have to do with real estate? Easy:

When we bought our home several years ago, one of my requirements wishes was that we live close to a soccer field. We achieved that; we live a short distance to Crozet Park and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the decision.

At the time, I was coaching my older daughter as she began her U-8 soccer career, and I was playing in an adult soccer league. We got what we wanted. We can walk or ride our bikes to the soccer field.

We chose a location that would help us live happily. We now have a two coffee shops to which we can walk or ride bikes. There is a pub within easy walking distance.

Real estate is inherently about community, about being a part of a community. Coaching soccer is one of the ways I choose to participate in my community, and more importantly, my kids’ lives.

Seeing the kids in the hallways of the schools, in coffee shops, in grocery stores, and knowing that for that little time of their lives, I had a impact, is something I encourage every parent to do. If you can connect with the kids, you won’t regret it.

I look forward to the start of every season with the same level of anticipation as I do the end of the season. Hearing the girls say at the end of the season, “Coach, when’s the next practice?!” is enormously fulfilling.

If you’re a parent, and need motivation to coach soccer, I recommend reading this post.




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