Coach Derek nailed it. I would give him a perfect 10 score.
He engaged the children and the parents. He also put in a little comedy here and there which kept the parents laughing. The parachute race game was unique and blew everyone’s minds.
I thought i would need to prod the event along or give tips here and there, but he took total control from beginning to end: rallying kids and parents, getting the kids going, giving water breaks as needed, changing tactics as the adult/kids moods changed. It allowed me to focus on making sure the guests were comfortable.
I got nothing but positive feedback from other parents. They liked the sports theme (a pleasant divergence from the Frozen themes 🙂 ) and how he ran it. About 4 parents recognized coach Derek from previous/current classes their kids were taking. The little details like megaphone (to project voices), the parent/kid races (extra competition), male vs female races (to bring out the girl/boy power rivalry) were great.
Most importantly, the birthday girl had a lot of fun and she felt special, as Coach Derek kept giving her the ‘special treatment’.
We’ll be signing up for a couple of coach Derek’s classes.