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COACH SURVIVAL KIT

Puzzle piece...cause you're a very important part of the team
Marbles...to replace the ones you lost during the first game
M and M's...to remind you that you are "M"agnificent and "M"arvelous
Rubber Band...to remind you that you had to be flexible
Stick of Gum...Cause you stuck with it
Happy Face sticker...you always kept smiling
Mint...to keep your cool under pressure
Penny...to give you the sense to pick your battles to fight and which ones to ignore
Cotton Balls...to put in your ears when the parents start yelling at you
Paper Clip...you held it all together
Lollipop...you licked all the problems
Eraser...to remind you that everybody makes mistakes and they can be erased
Mounds Bar...for the mounds of confidence you gave the kids on the team
Hugs & Kisses...to tell you that we/the teams care about you


BASEBALL COACH

Sponge...to remind you that some days your kids will think you are all wet!
Marbles...to replace the ones you use
Puzzle Piece...to remind you that every child is an important part of the team
Gum...to help your team stick together
String...for when you get to the end of your rope
Rubberband...to remind you to be flexible
Clay...to remind you that you are forming young lives
Snickers Bar...to remind you to just laugh at the umpires bad calls
Ear Plugs...for when you can't hear yourself think
Peanuts...to remind you that it's ok to be nutty sometimes
Sweet & Sour Candies...to appreciate the differences in your players
Eraser...to remind you that even coaches and umpires make mistakes
Star...to make every player shine
Bubble Gum...to remind you not to burst any childs' bubble
Balloon...so you can teach your team to reach for the sky!
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basketball coaches

The bag topper for volunteer basketball coaches and assistant coaches ...

A "Thank You" for Coaching our Basketball Season!!

POPCORN ...You were always "popping up" new ideas to help us play our very best!

M&M's ... You made our basketball season such a "memorable" time and encouraged us to "make the most" of our abilities!

NUTS ... Whenever things were "nuts", you kept us all focused and guided us when we didn't understand. Know that we are "nuts" about you!

PRETZELS ... You taught us to "stick" to our opponents and to "knot" (not) get discouraged, but to keep practicing and keep on trying!

BasketBALLS ... You gave us a "well-rounded" grasp of the fundamentals, and while we have more to learn, we had a "ball" on the team!

SPORTZ Crackers ... You gave so much of your time, your talents and of your heart for us and were such a "sport" to coach us! Our sincere admiration and respect to you!

(The "basketballs" were chocolate balls wrapped in orange foil with the "basketball lines). The "Sportz" crackers are a new cheddar snack crackers from Nabisco in shapes of basketballs, rollarblades, tennis rackets, footballs, baseball gloves and basketballs).

Variation: The gift could center on "Kix" cereal for a soccer gift.

Lovingly ... ~Dori~


Ice Hockey Coach Kit

Eraser - to remind you that even coaches make mistakes
Cotton Ball - to cushion all the falls
Throat Lozenges - for when you loose your voice
Fireball - to warm you up on the ice
Marbles - to replace the ones you loose
Teeth -(those false play ones) to replace the ones you could loose
Gum - to help your team stick together
Star - to help you make every child shine
Snickers Bar - to remind you that laughter can overcome all
Puzzle Piece - to remind you that every child is an important part of the puzzle
Balloon - to remind you to teach the children to reach for the sky
Tums - for all the upset stomachs
Hugs & Kisses - to remind you that you are appreciated
Bubble Gum - to remind you not to burst any child's bubble


Swim Coach Kit

Sponge - to remind you that some days your students will think you are all wet
Marbles - to replace the ones you will loose
Puzzle Piece - to remind you that the puzzle is not complete if one piece is missing
Gum - to help your team stick together
Piece of string - use when you get to the end of yours
Rubberband - to remind you to be flexible
Clay - to remind you that you are forming young peoples lives
Snickers Bar - to remind you that laughter can cure most anything
Ear Plugs - for when you can't hear yourself think
Toothpick - to help you pick out the good qualities in your swimmers.
Band-Aid - to fix hurt feelings
Peanuts - to remind you its ok to sometimes be a little nutty
Sweet & Sour Candy - to help you accept and appreciate the differences in others


These fun kits are made simply by adding all of the "ingredients", printing the list of items and their meaning and putting it all in a jar with a nice decorative jar topper. These are inexpensive kits, especially if you can recycle the jar from your kitchen (keep your eye open for nice jelly and relish jars at the store.

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