This past Saturday was an awesome day of soccer! The annual Spring Fever Tournament was held at Mount Pleasant High School and I had the opportunity to coach a U-8 team.
I had a really gratifying moment as a coach prior to my team playing their final pool play match.
To give you some context, the team knew that they needed a win to get into the finals.
Neither I, nor my assistant coach, Jeff Pastore, mentioned anything about it being a "must-win" match. We're not ones to place undue pressure on our players. Would rather that they just play at this age.
The conversation to the group went something like this prior to taking the field.
Me: I just want to tell each of you how proud Coach Jeff and I are of you today! Every person in this group has played a part in helping us be successful today. From good defense, to making smart plays, to scoring goals, everyone has helped out. Everybody in this group is important.
Unnamed Player on the Team: You mean like good team work?
Me: That's exactly what I mean.
Unnamed Player on the Team (Speaking to fellow players): Guys, if we work together, we can win this last game.
My reaction inside:
They went out and won that last game and made it to the finals.
More importantly, they understood the big picture.
Soccer teaches a lot of really great life lessons. Team work is one of them.
- Coach Jason