I only got a chance to meet with my mentor once over the past two weeks. Unfortunately he went away on a trip for a week and a half. Luckily we had a chance to meet up Friday night, since we both had practices at the same time. So we had the chance to meet up afterwards. During the meeting we reviewed what we did at our last meeting as well as went over some of the rules of the game.
1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?
The most difficult mentoring challenge would be the fact that even though we are talking and getting to know each other, I am still really nervous while talking to him. This is probably because I am nervous and don’t want to let anybody down. I think this will only go away with time, I just can’t wait for that day to come.
2. What is working well? Why?
The thing that is working the best would have to be that I am able to understand and pick up on new concepts so I am able to learn more in a short amount of time. This makes it easier for my mentor to be able to give me more instruction and tips. Because he is able to give me more advice it will help me when I actually get to playing.
3. What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
What could be working better is our availability to meet up. Also our communication outside of our meetings. These two things kind of feed off each other. I need to start contacting him more so I can do two things. One: we could start meeting more so that I can become a better player. Two: I can clarify what I need to bring or what we are learning that day and what we are specifically are doing so that I don’t bring everything. Just the things I need.
P.S. I learned that my mentor is actually coaching this year. I also learned that there is going to be two teams in my age group. They are going to separate them equally. My mentor is actually one of the coaches. I really hoping that I end up on his team so that he can help with my play.