Growing up, I tried every sport. And when I say "every", I mean it; gymnastics, hockey, track, tennis, softball, cross country, basketball, soccer, volleyball, horse-back riding. And even water sports. And with all of those seasons and years of practice, there was one thing in common: I had a coach. There were some that were amazing--that changed my outlook on the sport itself, that helped me fall in love it again, that taught me more than the skills of the game but the skills that I would need for the rest of my life. And then there were those that were not so great.
But above all of them, stands my favorite coach: my dad.
Having your dad (or mom) as your coach is the best, for more reasons than the fact that he's the best dad (or mom) in the world.
You'll have memories to share with him forever.
Looking back on those softball team photos or just of you two at the games, it was great to know that he there. Every practice, every play, every second. You got ready together and went over to the field together, its something that you'll cherish for the rest of your life.
He can be brutally honest with you, but not hurt your feelings.
His constructive criticism didn't offend you or make you mad, as it could at times with other coaches. He knew exactly how you responded to being yelled at, and that for some players, that was not the way to get through to them. It was personal, but you didn't take it personally.
When you practice at home, he's there to help you.
If you were learning a new technique or needed someone to pitch to you, he was there for you. It made playing the sport that much better when you had someone by your side who had played before you and all you had to do was walk outside.
He teaches you about true sportsmanship.
Everyone on my team played, and if someone was on the bench it was almost always me. Its not that I wasn't good, but he was the type of coach who didn't care about winning, he cared about giving everyone a chance. It is something that not only involves the sport itself, but a life lesson I will always cherish.
It is something you both can do together.
So maybe father daughter relationships don't exactly mean big shopping sprees for your school clothes, getting mani pedi's together, or laying out to tan with each other. But having the sport there brings you two closer, with something you both have an interest in.
For my favorite coach, my dad.