“I don’t have time to smile”

One of the saddest things I’ve ever heard in 15+ years of coaching. During a game, i was joking around with my subs. There was this one kid who consistently didn’t laugh. So I asked him if he ever smiled. “I don’t have time to smile,” was the response. I asked why. He proceeded to reel off a list of sports and activities that he’s participating in.

I’m sure that he enjoyed all of those activities to a certain extent, but if your 10 year old says he doesn’t have time to smile, there’s a pretty good chance he’s overscheduled.

Suffice it to say, I made it my mission to make him smile before the end of the game and even succeeded a couple of times.