Opening day of rec season is like Christmas morning. This year , it felt extra special because of the two weekend weather delay. Wasn't it great to be outside on a beautiful Saturday morning? I love this time of year.
There are few things that bring me more joy as a coach than seeing players smiling and enjoying themselves on the pitch (field). As one of my players told me Saturday morning during our match, "Coach, this is fun!" I thought to myself, "It's working." The time spent on foot work, team practice, kicking a ball around was all worth it for this young player. They earned all of the successes they had that day.
There is a reason why they call soccer the beautiful game. When it is clicking, it is magnificent to watch. The creativity, the subtlety of precision, players putting their hearts and souls into every move. Pretty. Darn. Awesome!
I am a sucker for smart, intelligent, football (soccer). I saw a lot of that on Saturday morning. I may appreciate this aspect of youth soccer more than scoring goals. I guess it reminds me of the player I was when I played. I was not the most technically gifted player but tried to make intelligent plays each match. I also really appreciate players that have a motor and never stop of the field. There's a quote that I think of often, "Good Things Come to Those that Hustle." I think if you were to ask me to describe my life in one sentence, this would be it.
Here's to a great season and continuous improvement for each and every player and coach! Keep working hard, good things will happen!
A big shout out to the volunteers who helped set up and tear down concessions, nets, equipment, etc. We APPRECIATE you!
If you are new to the MPRSL, don't hesitate to jump in and help. We'll welcome you with open arms!
- Coach Jason