Scoring isn't always the goal. Coach Summitt set records on the scoreboard too.
What's the most important thing our kids walk away from a season having? Learning that it isn't always about scoring. Most kids don't likely have "goals" for their season at younger ages (well maybe to score goals). They want to have fun. Coaches like wins on the scoreboard, but the greater thrill is seeing your players engage in the program. What I admire about Coach Summitt is that she was all business on the court while building her players as people first. She wasn't always the gentle soul that younger players need, but her foundation is a legacy that is relevant to all ages. Set a goal as a parent or as a coach to instill any of these foundations and you'll see their smiles. Winning isn't always about the scoreboard. I also see the wins on the sidelines in a loss when the team can smile about wanting to get to practice in a few days.
For some teams, you played a game last weekend. Maybe it was your first game ever or maybe this is old hat. For some, next weekend is literally their first game of any sport. U6 and U8 teams start up Saturday 9/8. This is a big deal for the players and possibly the parents.
Don't set your expectations high. Show up and watch the kids play and encourage them to have fun. The teenage referees could be officiating their first games as well. Bottom line, have fun and enjoy the teams they are all on. There is a lot of time that goes into getting everyone on the grass, including what you've put in to get them ready. Let's enjoy it and play the game for fun. Best of luck Sterling teams this weekend!
"As a coach, board member and new SYSA VP, I've likely seen and heard a lot of what you may be wondering how to manage as a parent or player. Great kids with supportive parents make it all a "once in a lifetime" experience.