October 11th, 2013 by Admin
This article originally appeared at Soccer Classroom
Today marks the last game of our 2013 Fall season. While our record was not one to boast it was not a true reflection of our success. It will be the last game that five of our players put on their high school jersey and represent their schools. We want to honor all their hard work and dedication to the program with one final win.
There were many things I learned with my first year coaching high school soccer. The first being that I am very fortunate to have such a supportive and loving wife. She knew how much coaching meant to me and made a lot of sacrifices for me to be able to do what I love. As some of you might know we recently got married this past June. We bought a house in March, got married, and two weeks later brought a very loving puppy into our home. This all two weeks before preseason started. When preseason started our schedules changed dramatically. I went from working 7-4 and being able to help around the house and take care of our puppy; to working 5-2 or 6-3, going to soccer games and practices and not returning until between 6-10. By the time I got home I was exhausted and barely had the energy to keep up with my responsibilities. Our quality time with each other was mostly spent falling asleep on the couch, often before 9:00pm.
But my wife knew how much coaching meant to me and how much I needed it to fulfill my passion for the game I love. And I thank her over and over for doing so.
To be honest I am exhausted. My body feels weak, tired, and sluggish. I haven’t been able to have a decent workout since the beginning of August. What keeps me going is my love of the game and my commitment to these kids who I truly believe in. That’s why I coach, for the kids.
What a great group of kids. Even though it was at times difficult and things didn’t always go our way they never quit. Their attitudes stayed positive and their heads held high. They could have easily given up on themselves, their teammates, and their coaches. But they didn’t, they continued to work hard and grow as individuals and as a team.
When we took over this program we knew it was going to be a challenge. Losing was something we were not accustom to and after every game the head coach and I would be texting/emailing each other with ideas. ”What do you think about this or what do you think about trying so/and/so here?” As much as the players didn’t give up neither did the coaches.
To rebuild this program we are going to have to start from the bottom up. With the restructuring of the club programs we do not have many kids playing year-round anymore, which is a big issue. Our ability and Soccer IQ is not where it needs to be in order to build a successful team. Given that we only have a short amount of time with the kids it’s impossible to develop certain skills. That is why the off-season is going to be so crucial for the program. In order to develop our touch and read the game better we need to be playing more. It comes with experience and playing for two-three months out of the year will not get you there.
As previously mentioned our record does not truly reflect the success of our season. As the season progressed we began to get better results and play more attractive soccer. Even though the season has come to an end, it’s only the beginning for me and my coaching career. Thank you for following me on my journey this year and for allowing me to vent at times. I look forward to growing as a coach and to grow the Soccer Classroom Community.Reflection}, season, Simple