High School

04 Oct Here we go

It is my intention to blog about this next season at McKeel. However, I prefer the word journal or captains log verse blog... but either way, here we go. It is just one day until tryouts. Tryout week is a big week. I am always anxious to see what new talent has shown up, excited to see my old players return and curious to see who has decided not to play any more. This year I am particularly anxious for the new talent as many of my former club team players are trying out. One day before tryouts and I don't feel as prepared as I want to and it seems like I am forgetting something. I have often wished this could be my full time job, how cool would that be? Usually we have about 60 girls tryout. I expect we will have close to that amount this year also.
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16 Sep Parents, Soccer and Chess.

A few weeks ago. A parent got angry with me. They didn't like the position I was playing their child on the field. They thought he was a great forward, and perhaps he is, but I thought he was a better defender. Perhaps most importantly, a defender was what the TEAM needed. Here is a great article I wanted to share. I hope you will take the time to read it, because it is really good. I have copied the article below for those too lazy to use the link. Thanks to my assistant coach who sent me the link.   "I had a parent email me last week seeking advice for how to help her 10 year old son deal with the fact that the coach is playing him as a defender, whereas he’s usually played as a forward. It wasn’t clear to me from her email if the issue was hers or her son’s, so I (hopefully subtly) encouraged her to figure that out first. I then tried to get the point across to the parent that BEING A TEAMMATE is being a member of a team and doing what is needed – being on the bench, being the goalkeeper, being the goal scorer, being the defender that stops the other team from scoring, or the weak sided midfielder that runs up and down the field all day and rarely receives the ball. You get my point. Being on a team means you do what the team needs from you at that moment. Being a teammate means you play your heart out in whatever position you happen to be assigned. Just like a chess match, each position is essential to the proper performance of the team. I get this. Or at least I thought I did.
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06 Sep Well Said…

“The way the game is educated, told, driven, we are still far away from real soccer nations,” Klinsmann told the Post. “The biggest educational problem is people think it's a coaches' game in the United States. It's not. It's a players' game.   “There's too much emphasis on telling people what to do.”
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Wedding Ann

03 Aug One of The Best Parts of The Job

As a young man there were several great people who helped me develop and grow. I can think of coaches, teachers and church youth leaders that all had positive impacts on my life. If I can, in some small way, have the same impact on the lives of those I coach, teach or mentor, I will feel like a huge success. Being remembered at the time of big events in peoples lives is probably one of the best ways my former players, students, and youth can show their appreciation.  I recently got these two wedding announcements/invitations in the mail and I am so happy for both of them. Staci Sokolski played for me at McKeel for 5 years and recently contacted my about helping with fund raising this next season. Caroline McKendrick played for me one season at LFC, her and her family have been family friends for years.  These two ladies are such great people, devout in their faith, hard working in their effort and fun to be around. I am so grateful to receive these announcements in the mail and proud of these girls for the decisions they are making.
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10 Jul Why Are You Playing?

At some point in your soccer career you are going to get angry or frustrated with your coach, team, or situation. It could be for any reason; maybe you think the they are not good, maybe you don't like the position the coach is playing you, maybe you aren't playing as much as you would like, maybe you didn't make the team you wanted, maybe... well, you get the idea. At some point you will be unhappy about something. In situations like this I encourage players and parents to think about why they are playing soccer in the first place. What do you want from the game? Are you playing for fun or do you have some competitive aspirations like making the varsity team, earning a starting position or post high school play? Knowing why you are playing club, high school or recreational soccer will help you keep a healthy perspective on what's going on on the field or in practice.
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08 Jul 1 on 1 training

There are 3 basic ways to train. First, you can train with your team usually, this happens 2-3 times a week. Second, you can train by yourself, this should happen daily if you have big goals for yourself (starting for a High School team) or 2-3 times a week if you just enjoy playing. Third, you can train privately with a coach in a one on one setting. I believe this is an important part of your training routine. The one on one session can provide the direct feed back on simple mistakes that you maybe making. To see the best results from one on one sessions they must be regular!
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