What makes up a great team? A solid goalie, smothering defenders, ferocious midfielders, and savage strikers?
Not entirely. You need a cast of characters that carry you through the highs, lows, and twists and turns of a season. You want players to take the game seriously, but also those who can make themselves laugh.
When leagues choose their teams they look at how to make the them competitive and fun. Sometimes you can't have one without the other. I've been fortunate to have teams that have finished the whole range of 0-8 to 7-0-1 records.
Coaches can make or break how they remember their experience as a player.
At the conclusion of the "Being Coached" series, I'll share some characteristics of the players who typically enjoy and excel at the various positions (goalie, defenders, midfielders, strikers, and coaches). These won't be the "perfect size" or the "perfect pedigree"...as I've said this is less relevant than the right character.
"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.