Yet this past season I coached my daughter's soccer team.
Why would a women who has no experience playing sports sign up for such a thing?
Because someone had to. Until this season, every coach in the Girl's Division has been male. When I told my own two children that I wanted to coach they both said in unison, "You can't coach, Mommy. You're a girl." Not, you can't because you've never played soccer or because you've never coached before, but "You can't coach because you're a girl."
If our girls and boys don't see women coaching, how can they know it's a possibility?
I'm very excited next month to interview Justine Siegal, the only women who has pitched in batting practice to major league players and the who has coached a professional male baseball team. She is a true inspiration.
My coaching inspiration and advisor was Pam Vaughan, the Varsity Soccer Coach at Nashoba Regional High School. She is also a fellow writer.
But each one of us, no matter what our experience, has the power to be inspiring. Even if it is by doing something as small as coaching our own child's team.
Be a role model. Our girls need them.