The time is always right for a thank you
Dear Hockey Mom,
Our manager has already told us that we will be giving coaches gifts at the end of the season. But I feel like we should do something at the holidays, too, especially because we’ve started the season really well. I think a little token of appreciation right now is a good idea. You, too?
Absolutely. It’s always the right time for a thank you for coaches who take on this sometimes thankless job.
I think you would be surprised how some people forget to display gratitude. Even if you can't afford a gift right now, I’m sure a coach will always appreciate kind thoughts in a card.
Coaches spend so much time and energy coaching that a thank you is always a bonus – especially after a good start, since he/she is always looking down the road toward playoffs and won’t be expecting it.
We were on one team where the coach could never do enough. The parents were always complaining and always wanting more. He happened to be a retired professional hockey player, and they expected him to produce professional 8-year-old hockey players. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Needless to say, he wasn’t interested in coaching there the following year. You wonder what would have happened if someone on the team had simply said thank you.
Gratitude is a character trait that often gets overlooked. So send your thank you in a nice holiday card and know that, by doing so, you’ve brightened someone else’s day.