"We cannot become who we are destined to become
by remaining who we are."
Coaches, I hope that the spring has treated you well and that you have been able to enjoy the lessons the game can provide, the sense of identity your teams can give you, and I hope that you all experienced the joy of teaching the game and other life lessons through the process of development. In this month's Director's Notes, I would like to discuss some of the slight adjustments our Divison will attempt to make for next fall specifically how we as a Staff are trying to be forward thinking in the areas of "Connecting Age Groups through Service" and enhancing "On Field Performance".
In our Annual Winter MO Girls Coaches Meeting this past February, I explained how the U11 (2007) age group, in its entirety, participated in an Upper 90 Project and adopted a family of 29 who had recently moved to STL from Uganda. With the help of Staff including Eric Schmidt, Matt Stichling, Shaunna Brandt, Tim Kelly, and Kenny Godat plus an overwhelming amount of help from Carla and John Valenti, the players, coaches, managers, and parents of each team in the 07 age group collected toys, household needs, furniture, and other donations and then delivered these items to the family over the winter holiday. A rewarding experience to say the least and one we will surely try to repeat annually with the U11 age group. The vision we have as a Staff is that at some point, we will witness each age group in the club working together on different Upper 90 projects. We are determined to see this vision become reality in the next few years. More to come on this in the future, but please keep this in mind for the upcoming year and share any thoughts or ideas with the Staff if you would like to be a part of this vision.
The second concept/s we as a Staff felt should be a focal point, even more than usual, was based on the question, What can we do to improve the overall experience of the player while simultaneously enhancing "On-field Performance"? What exactly were we thinking when we came up with this term? Well, yes, we thought to ourselves, "Do we want to see our teams raise more trophies or get more medals?" Of course, we do. But the more we discussed progressing as a Division, "winning games", simply became a consequence of improvements in other areas we feel more important including;