Some End of Season UpdatesLeague Wizard | November 6, 2011
As the season winds down, I wanted to share a few things with you:
- Please remember that your child’s uniform is ON LOAN. All uniforms (Jersey’s and shorts. NOT socks) must be turned in to your team manager at the end of the season, even if you plan on playing in the Spring. This ensures we have uniforms for everyone next season. If you have lost all or part of your uniform or it is damaged beyond normal wear and tear, you will be responsible for purchasing a replacement ($30 for the complete kit or $20 for the jersey and $10 for the shorts) Thank you for your help in ensuring all of our teams are properly outfitted each season.
- Managers – if you KNOW you’ll return next season – simply email the uniform coordinator ([email protected]) when you have all uniforms on hand or list any that you could not get back. If you are unsure if you or your coach will return in the spring, then arrange to turn your uniforms in to the coordinator before December.
- The Rec Tournament is coming up! Given the formats we use, don’t assume you are eliminated – ALWAYS check the schedule, which is updated every morning. You don’t want to forfeit when you still have a chance to advance.
- Once the Rec Tournament is over, the Mebane Soccer Complex will be CLOSED to allow the winter grass to strengthen.
- If you find your team near the bottom of the standings or it feels like you rarely won – it’s important to stay focused on what REALLY matters. Did your child improve as a player and did they have fun? Most kids forget about losses or the score faster than you’d think. So remember that it’s natural to be disappointed after a loss or a tough season, but your kids follow your lead and if they see you dejected or upset after a loss, they’ll think they did something wrong and stress about it. Highlight the good things they and their team did and encourage them to try harder next time. This is especially true during the tournament – the pressure is a little higher, emotions stronger, and healthy competition is a good thing as long as everyone keeps perspective. At the end of the day it’s a game and who wins/loses is quickly forgotten by those that matter most – the kids.
- A number of our travel teams, especially at the younger ages, are looking for some additional players. Our travel program is similar to Recreation in that teams practice twice a week, play 1 (or occasionally 2) matches per weekend, and you ‘travel’ at most 4-5 times during the regular season (often to Burlington, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, or Greensboro) The biggest difference is players get professional skills training once a week and they get to play teams from outside of Mebane. Supplemental tryouts will be held Sunday November 13th!!! Players do NOT have to be super stars, especially at the younger ages, just excited to play soccer and wanting to get better. Complete details can be found at: http://mebanesoccer.us/2011/11/mysa-travel-team-supplemental-tryouts/
- Registration for the Spring Rec season will begin on or around November 15th. We’re trying to reduce/eliminate late registrations, so please don’t forget and wait until mid-January. In addition to triggering a late fee, it makes our job harder trying to plan for how many coaches we’ll need and balancing out the teams.
- Coaches/Managers – PLEASE make sure all your matches are properly scored! We use the standings to seed the tournament brackets, so please check that ALL your completed matches have scores.
- The tournament schedules and rules can be found at http://mebanesoccer.us/current_season/fall-tourny/ Given the formats we use, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to take scheduling requests into account, so please make every effort this one week to adjust and accommodate the matches as when you play often depends on previous results. We’ll plug in teams into the brackets as the standings finalize.
- Don’t lose sight of why we do all this every Fall and Spring – for the kids to learn soccer and have fun. Keep that in mind during those close matches during the tournament – stay positive, let the coaches coach, and the referees officiate. Nobody is perfect, mistakes will be made, and life will go on. We’re all doing our best to ensure the KIDS enjoy themselves. See you on the fields!