Archive for October, 2008

Ronaldo – Player of The Year

There’s a shocker.

Ronaldo bags top player award

If you have ever watched him play, you will know why.

I’ve always said that I would rather be lucky than good. Well…this boy has both! Is there anything he can’t do?

By the way…this is just the fifPro player of the year award. More awards are sure to follow. And, if you don’t know what fifPro is, it is the fifa organization that groups all professional players together. So, this is sort of the “Oscars” of the professional football world. His own peers chose him for this award. Nice. Way to go!


October 29, 2008 at 5:29 am Leave a comment

Food For Thought

I just got this little story from one of the parents on my team and thought I would share it. Thanks Kris! I hope you enjoy it!

A mother was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her daughter. Suddenly the girl bursts into the kitchen.
‘Careful! CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my goodness!
You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh no! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK!
Careful! … CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL!
You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY?
Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’
The mother stared at her. ‘What’s wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’
The daughter calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m trying to play soccer.

October 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

The End of The Season

Well….we are at the end of another season. My new team sure has come a long way and I must say that this is the best group of boys that I’ve ever had. And I say that for a lot of different reasons. They are the first team that has ever asked…no…begged me to hold longer practice sessions. Believe me, I was totally blown away when the whole team approached me about longer practices. How could I say no? And they work hard. Every session ends with them completely drained. They sure do go all out. This is definitely my favorite team. Not because they are the best players but because they play with the most heart and passion that I’ve ever seen in a group of 12 year old boys.

So…the season…well…I’ve always said that there is more to the game than winning the match. And a good thing too because our record isn’t great. We may not have won many matches but we have won in other ways. Every player on this team has improved considerably since I got them just a couple of months ago. They all seem to enjoy the team and each other’s company. And, maybe the best and most gratifying thing that has ever happened to me….the other day I was listening to my son (who is on this team) tell my daughters something…”…it’s just like in soccer. Even though you may be down a couple of goals, you never, never quit trying.” Wow! SOMETHING has payed off! At that moment, I could retire from coaching very happy. That is exactly the sort of life lessons that I have been trying to teach. It’s the reason I went into coaching to begin with. I just hope that my philosophies have rubbed off on some other players that I have coached.

Maybe, in some small way, this is how I get to affect lives in positive ways. I sure hope so. If I have, then I have done my job.

Thanks for reading…

October 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

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