To Be the Best Club in the Country
A Club that positively impacts the development of our players on AND off the field and positively impacts the community.
A botd statement indeed. A lofty Mission. However, it is one we take very seriously as a staff/club. I know I speak for the rest of the staff and others when I say that there are any number of ways to define "best". We can look at trophies collected, rankings, or business model. We can point towards the number of players placed in National teams, Colleges, or HS Teams, We can weigh the quality of our member service, our programming, or our player development model. But, and I think all will agree, most of what I just listed will be overlooked, shadowed, even tarnished if we as a club don't radiate a certain way of living both on and off the field.
Pech and I have encountered an unusual number of "instances" in this new soccer season. What do I mean by "instance"? Well, it could be several different types of behavior or consequenses to behavior from a player, parent/s, or coach/es. Player yellow and red cards for language or decent. Parents arguing with refs, opponents parents, and even the unthinkable - interacting with an opposing teams players during the game. And coaches being yellow carded, red carded, or being overly direct and loud (screaming) at very young players during training and matches. What is an unusual number? Last year, throughout the entire season (July through June), Pech and I were made aware of less than five of these types of situations. This year we have already delt with eight such instances, several of them to be what we consider extreme.
This reflects poorly on everyone in the club. Not just one person, not just one coach, not just one team. Everyone, including those who have graduated on from SLSG. With President's Cup in motion, The Fall Festival kicking off this weekend, State Cup one week away, and then the Fall Classic to start November, we all felt we as staff, coaches, managers, and parents are in need of a reminder that we cannot achieve anything close to "best" without radiating class both on and off the field. Respectfull, considerate, focused, elegant, well-mannered, fierce, witty, driven, funny, faithfull, and kind. These are the words I think of when I see or hear the word class. As one that wears many hats in life, including a parent to two athletes, I truly know that youth sport can be challenging for all of us involved. Games can get heated. Referees make mistakes. Children get fouled in a not so fair way. I know emotions are hard to control when our players or our children are involved. But we must strive to be the "best" and this starts with the behaviors we reflect in the most challenging of moments in the game.
There is so many great moments in the near future for our children, our players, our teams. Let's coach, teach, cheer, support, and continue working to be the "best" as we head into the late fall and winter seasons.
Good luck to al lthis weekend!