As the Fall Season comes to a close, "Tis the Season" for self-reflection and feedback for both coach and player. As coaches/teachers, it is important that we ask ourselves some questions regarding our fall season regardless of our results on the field. A lot of wins or losses may not accurately depict the health of a team and out of respect to the players and their families, it should be a priority of ours to constantly think about the many different layers of development and nurturing that are involved in our coaching responsibilities. Furthermore, each player, if they don't know already from daily feedback, should be given the opportunity to hear how you "see" them inside the team. I have always found Evaluations to be a great way to positively connect with my players and the parents through discussion of some of their strengths and weaknesses or just life as a whole. The conversations that result from our written observations of the player's performance can be opportunities to build confidence in our players and develop character and leadership qualities in each individual. I realize that this element of our coaching responsibilities comes at a busy time of year due to our desire to spend time with family, annual holiday parties begin to crowd our calendar, and our teams may be doing indoor or futsal. But it is important we get constructive feedback to our players prior to the new year so that individuals are given appropriate time to reflect on their coaches observations, make plans to improve, and then work on any skills they need to improve upon to develop their game. As always, I've attached an article for your reading entertainment. At the least, skip to the bottom of the story and think about the questions the author gives us to help with self-reflection. The answers may help you plan for the Winter and Spring seasons that will be upon us in a blink. Also, you can find a link to the player evaluation form on the right-hand side of this page. If I don't see you before, have a great start to your winter season!
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Good Afternoon -
I hope the fall season was an enjoyable one for you and your team. Like a number of you, when the fall season is over, I reflect on the fall season and start to plan for the spring. December, January, and February are great months to continue our coaching education.
This Sunday, December 3, SLSG will host the first of a series of winter Coaching Development opportunities. Our topic this week will be age appropriate Attacking Principles of Play. Principles of play are an important part of our coaching repertoire as when coached and emphasized the principles help give the game its shape and organization. Principles help give the game enough structure that the player's individualism can be displayed within the context of the team.
Sunday, December 3
9:00 - 10:30 2008 and older Attacking Principles---Support, Width, Depth (Length)
11:00 - 12:30 2009 - 2012 Attacking Principles—Support
These are very important topics that will add to your insight and the coaching points that you can offer your players during your training sessions and games. Please acknowledge your attendance by registering at
We are proud to announce the following dates and topics for CDP Series for the balance of the winter. Details to be shared closer to the event.
January 21 Age Appropriate Defending Principles
February 11 Technical and Skill Development in a Holistic Environment
Please let me know if you have any questions.
*Creve Coeur Complex - Construction continues on the thirteen (13) field County Complex (See latest developments in the image above). Progress is evident, with the new Championship Field, closer to being finished. This new complex is going to be an amazing benefit to the entire metro area soccer community, so we thank all coaches, managers, and families for their continued patience for any inconvenience this project may create at our current complex. Just recently, much of the parking lot we have used in the past has reopened. So all visitors can begin to use that area once again in addition to the grass parking lot that has been open for the last several months.
The front entrance to the WWT Soccer Park will be closed from November 29 - December 8. The back gates of the facility will be open.
******SLSG Teams! Please Note that February 12, 2018, will be the first official training day of the spring at club facilities. If your team needs training space prior to this date please contact Ren Herzog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Our facilities have withstood floods, relocated parking lots, surface replacement, and more. Please continue to take care of your training and game space by removing goals, cones, and trash after each use,
Coaches and Managers, please keep in mind that as the end of the fall season nears, I will be connecting with all of you regarding 'player evaluations'. Player Evals are an important and necessary developmental tool that the club holds as a high priority of those things to do at the end of the year. More to come on this in the near future, but make a note that these will need to be finished before the new year. Thank you!
Fall Evaluations will be conducted in the next month, please look for feedback from your respective goalkeeping trainer. Each keeper who attends training regularly will receive an evaluation based upon "technical ability" as observed in the goalkeeping sessions. Keepers may get an additional evaluation from their individual team coach to relay feedback on game performances.
Winter and Spring Training Opportunities to be Announced Soon!
The MO Girls GK program continues to evolve and progress each year and SLSG is very proud of how hard our GK's are working to become the best in the area. For all Goalkeeping related questions please contact Tim Kelly at email@example.com. And coaches, please, try to send needs for "guest" goalkeepers the Tuesday prior to the game. Obviously, the club realizes there are always last minute conflicts or illness our players are faced with, but, if the coaches and/or managers know of the need for a goalkeeper in advance please email Tim Kelly at the earliest possible chance.