Hey everyone - it's our last night together! We've had such a fun week with all of you and I hope you've had a blast as well! Some changes in scheduling due to our tournament so please read today's post carefully.
5:30PM: Registration, coaches warm up with kids
5:45PM: Coaching staff meets with Brian at bleachers to go over tournament schedule
6:15PM: Large Group welcome
6:25PM: Warm-ups & games in Division
6:40PM: Team Time #1
6:50PM: Soccer Nights Tournament (in divisions) (include short team time #2 between rounds)
8:00PM: Team Time #3
8:05PM: Closing Large Group. Present “All Stars of the Night.” Teach Dance. Awards Ceremony.
8:25PM: Dismiss to divisions, sit by teams, pass out certificates, popsicles
8:30PM: Check out in teams
8:45PM: Debriefing in Divisions
9:00PM: Final Group Debrief
No Skill Tonight: Breakdown for Tournament
Tonight's Value: The Game!
Tonight we are going to be running a tournament within each group.
Team Time #1 (before tournament begins)
○ Recap last night’s goal
○ Set goal for the night!
■ possible goals:
● during tonight’s tournament, we will work together to embody the four values (teamwork, perspective, perseverance, sportsmanship) and the four skills (passing, dribbling, controlling/throw-ins, finishing/defending)
Team Time #2 (during tournament, between rounds)
○ Check in on team goal for the night:
■ how are we doing so far?
■ what could we do to improve?
■ if we’ve already reached it, what could we add to challenge ourselves?
Team Time: #3 (end of tournament)
○ Check in on team goal for the night:
■ how did we do?
■ what could we have done differently?
○ What is something new you’ve learned or improved in during the week in soccer skills?
○ What is something new you’ve learned or improved in during the week in the four values (teamwork, perspective, perseverance, sportsmanship) ? (have everyone share something either soccer or values related)
I have a story from the blue division. Our team the blue dragons we were undefeated until the final game today. So our kids got a little used to winning and were sad about losing and there were some tears. But then a couple kids were like , you know what I learned this week? it’s not about winning. It’s about soccer and about having fun.
- Cara, Blue Division
One our players who at the beginning of the week his goals were , I want to win, let’s score two goals and that was his attitude for the whole week. and then today we had a rough couple of games. The kids were really struggling with losing… they were all really down. I wasn’t sure if we were going to come back or not. But then in the middle of [the scrimmage], the kid with the “let’s win” goals was like, “ I don’t care, I just want to play! We built off of that and then the team got really excited and we ended up winning in a shoot out. So It was really great and the kids had a really great time in the end.
-Ana, Green Division
I think the coaches in the orange division did a really stellar job tonight. I’m a new face but you guys all really worked together well. We had a nice meeting at the beginning of the night to decide what we wanted to do. All the head coaches in the orange division really stepped up to the challenge tonight and made this tournament a really great, fun experience for the kids.
-Terry, Orange Division
We had a really great week with the 3 to 5 year olds. We played a lot of duck, duck goose. Last night I made up a new game where a tall person would hold a hula hoop above the kids and they would throw soccer balls into the hoop. It was really popular with the kids. Tonight we had 10 of them lining up to play it, and one kid was even like “ I want to duck it into the hula hoop!” It was a good week!
-Kai, 3 to 5 Year Olds
I had a Great week this week, this has been my first year. I had fun working the kids, I had fun working with Coach Keith, and I hope to do it next year.
Tonight we made signs for the moms to support their teams. So we found out some team names, or some player names, or if we didn’t know we just wrote “BLUE” or “BRAZIL.: and that worked. One mom in particular, her son was playing in blue division because it’s his first year. She made an amazing sign with a tiger for the Blue Tigers. The kid loved it; I happened to be walking by when the mom showed the sign to her son. He was in awe of the sign, jumping on his mom and hugging her. IT was really beautiful and cute. I came by at the end of the evening too and I told the kid his sign was hanging up on the bleachers. He said, “my mom made that!” It was a sweet little picture.
-Dani, Parent Pals
In 2008, soccer nights started. 2009, soccer nights came back. Which was a wonderful year. Every single year, it was a blast because of one person, who started it all. I wonder who it is. Stephanie! We should have a round of applause for Stphanie.
-Aamir, Soccer Nights alumnus, Crew Member
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