To this day I can hear my dad, "Someone you will be up against in the future is out working on their game as we speak." For some kids maybe this comment would have no impact, for me, it was crucial in who I was to become as a person and player. I still think this to myself when I'm tired and maybe I want to push watching game film to the next day or I think to myself "I can prep for that meeting in the morning". I think about what the best coaches or directors would do and I get back to work.
An article I read, Our Children Become the Message They Hear, made me think about this comment from my dad, said so many years ago, and it's true, our children, our students, our players, can take to heart the things we say, teach, and demonstrate. It is both humbling and at time overwhelmingly scary how much influence we can have on our players and their experience on and off the field.
It seems a fitting day, this Thanksgiving Day, to simply say "THANK YOU", to all of you, coaches and managers alike. Your time, energy, sacrifice for, and "impact" on the people of this club is immeasurable. Not every training or game can perfect, we all know this is never going to be the way of our sport. But I continue to hear, witness, and meet "good people/players" in this club and that is a reflection of great parents and positive coaching. This is one way we can continue to help provide "10,000 experiences" for our players and that is by being a positive and impactful message in their life.
Coaches, have a great holiday, and please know that the Staff is appreciative of you!
SHIELD VALUE - RESPECT!
*Coaches, as always, remind your players to clean your training and game area of all trash, gear, and field accessories upon finishing your session time, thank you!
*Coaches, if you or your players misplace something please check the Lost & Found on the North Patio, thank you!
A coach’s success is often determined by his or her ability to "peak" each player’s interest at training and motivate them to want to learn. Each of us has a unique way of connecting and relating to our players, but, "how" we do so, is less important than the actual "doing". The fact that we establish a relationship with each individual player that will encourage a passion for the sport is one of our main responsibilities as a coach. This "connecting" or "relating" can be done both on and off the field and can have an impact on a players motivation, engagement, and improvement.
Guest Players - As always coaches and managers we are eager to help you find players to round out your roster for the week. It helps if we as Age Group Coordinators are given a few days notice, but nevertheless, you should always go through us when the "guest playing" topic surfaces.