Count Down Has Begun

Life can certainly move at the speed of light, or so it seems sometimes. In the world we live in, you can tell when summer is coming to a close by the onset of soccer season. The local college had an exhibition game tonight, both u15 and u17 teams will take the pitch in a week for their 1st games, kids are heading off to college, all is part of the cycle of life and it does seem to get faster every year.

The girls have been on two a weeks now for almost a month but yet, it feels as if we have just begun. There is always something we need to cover or go over but yet, the girls approach each task with an open mind and eager attitude. Both teams are working hard and are coming together nicely. To be a part of this journey is very enjoyable and exciting and one that I hope to never take for granted. The time that we spend together working on becoming better in all aspects of our game has a direct impact on each of us in one way or another, and for me, it helps me become a better coach.

Tonight after training, I was talking with a couple of players that I have worked with for the past few years and we realized about the same time that we are in our next to last season together. We spoke about what we hope to do this year and what we hope to build from for next year. But for now, we agreed that we need to focus on the here and now, and not waste the opportunities that are before us. We need to enjoy each other’s accomplishments and successes, support each other as we struggle and encourage each other when we lag. In short, we need to be cognizant that this time together will never come again, so don’t take it for granted.

As coaches, we have many players come into our lives, they each touch our hearts in their own unique way, some more than others. All coaches have different expectations for their players, for the game and the reasons that they coach in the first place. But I feel, we all want our players to leave with a deeper understanding of themselves, maybe discover a part of themselves that they did not know and to possibly go forward with more confidence in themselves.

We know that we will not have an impact on each player we work with, nor will every player even like us. Most will be indifferent about the time spent on our teams and just be glad to be playing. However, every once in a while, your time spent on all the planning, on trying to put drills into proper context, on figuring out how to reach those that have not connected, will all come together for one player that needs you right then and right there. Those are the moments we have to be prepared for and not waste the time we have been gifted together.

Players will come, train, play and go on to college and elsewhere. Some will remember us, some won’t. The best that we can hope for is that our time together had meaning and was time well  spent for them. So, yes time certainly does fly by, but try to grab the moments that you have and know that it is the here and now that truly matters.

Let the games begin, let us celebrate the games, the training and time we get to spend together this season.

till I see you on the pitch

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