My oldest daughter, Emily, had an 8:00 pm match this past Sunday night and luckily I was able to attend. A late Sunday night game was not ideal after being on the field all weekend myself, but I wanted to go, truly just because I love watching her play. Every now and then we will have a discussion about soccer or her performance or even what competition may be approaching but any conversation about the game is usually quite brief. Our chat after this particular game was no different. When she arrived home, after getting some ice cream with friends, I simply said to her, "I thought you looked good tonight babe, how did you feel about it?" Emily gave me a quick, "eh" accompanied with a single shoulder shrug. I laughed and prodded for more but I didn't get much. I know all of you parents of teenagers feel my pain haha. It was at that moment I could have said any number of things about the game and I didn't, I could tell she was tired so I changed the subject to school and the homework I knew she still had to finish and urged her to ascend to her room to get to work. Almost a week later, and after reading another really good article from "The Coaches Toolbox", I wish I had said something more. I wish I had said, before she headed up to her bedroom for the night, "I love watching you play."
It seems a little obvious that a parent should let their child know they like to watch them compete, and I have always understood this of course. But the article was a good reminder that I need to continue making sure she knows how much I love watching her play. It can be impactful and motivating. I think these same words can work for us as coaches to the players we coach. In this article "I see you", the writer explains that children love to be seen, they love to be engaged with, to feel important. I think we as coaches should attempt to connect in this way with our players every time we walk into practice or onto the field for a game. Imagine how our players would feel if we were to let them know on their way out of the Park how much we enjoyed watching them that particular day. To read the article click the link below and have a great week coaches!
*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,
*Creve Coeur Complex - Construction continues on the thirteen (13) field County Complex. 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. For now, please continue to use the grass parking lot if your team is training at the Creve Coeur Complex.
Don't forget, St. Lous FC plays at home this Saturday, September the 23rd at 7:30 pm vs Cincinnati FC!
Coaches and Managers, you've all done an amazing job to continue the follow-up with your team's club and MYSA registration. Thank you for your persistence, please continue to check to make sure all of your players/families have registered for the club and with MYSA!
Goal keeper training is also in full swing. 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 Goal keeping 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 goal keeper in advance please email Tim Kelly at the earliest possible chance.