Congrats to your first Elite Sportswear Coach of the Week, Rod Ohlhauser. The following is the email we received outlining what made Rod our first winner.
I would love to tell you about my 9 year old son’s baseball/hockey coach. Aidan has had the privilege of having Rod Ohlhauser as his baseball coach for the last 2 seasons and Novice hockey coach this past winter. Rod does a fantastic job of teaching the kids not only how to be a better player but also keeping the fun in the game.
During baseball season this year, my sons first year in minors, the competition level has been elevated substantially. The kids had to go through an evaluation day so that they could be drafted on to their team. Rod chose many players who were first year minors. At the start of the year this definitely hampered our wins and loses. In my opinion this didn’t matter and thankfully our coach agreed. He simply wanted to continue to work on making the players better and this came through hard work and practice. Rod gets it, at 9 or 10 it’s not about wins and loses it’s about learning the game and building a foundation. As a side note, our playoffs begin tonight and we are currently in 2nd place.
As I mentioned Aidan, my son, was also fortunate enough to have Rod as his Novice hockey coach. The team was tier 2 in the city so there was pressure from parents to compete at a higher level. Keep in mind this is Novice hockey. Again, Rod had the same approach. Progress through hard work and learning skills needed to get better at the game. The team started off slowly but throughout the season they grew stronger and stronger. Rod builds team and individual skills while maintaining a fun atmosphere for the kids. His goal is not wins but instead progression of skills and love of the game. It makes it easy for a parent to turn their child over to another adult for that 1to 2 hours 3i5 times a week when that adult is Rod. He is a great teacher and motivater as well as a great guy. All in all Rod gets it. These are simply young kids who love playing sports and Rod helps to foster that.
Congrats Rod and we are proud to honour you as our Elite Sportswear Coach of the Week.
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