The majority of the teams in the club will be competing this weekend against clubs from various locations in NY/NJ/CT depending on the league participation.
As a club, our hope is to see that some of the principles, concepts and behaviors that are being developed in learning sessions are transferred into the competition. Practice should be the rehearsal for the game and not something players are supposed to be at before the games on the weekend.
A committed team is not a group with perfect attendance but is a collection of individuals who are able to use their personal strengths in a specific role to contribute to the united goal. Anyone can be present, yet there is a difference from just being there and contributing to the cause.
One of the greatest challenges is finding the right competition and the best role for each individual player to truly contribute. Yes, there can be a positive result and that makes everyone feel like they played a part in this achievement however only the educated eye for the game can notice the story behind the outcome of the game.
Everyone wants to win and I believe this is particularly important when it comes to development. This desire to win will drive the players, coaches and club to continuously improve. With that said, the how and why a team wins or loses is more important in youth development then the actual result.
To the players of the club; I hope you are envisioning the role you may play in the game this weekend and that you believe you are capable of contributing to the team, competing against the opponent and enjoying yourself!
To the parents of the club; we appreciate and recognize your sacrifices, support and love for your children. Being the most influential person in your son or daughter’s life you all play a very important role when witnessing these games. Before and especially after the games you all have the opportunity to impact your child through your actions…
Yours in soccer,