Our Soccer Culture
A successful club must have and maintain a soccer culture, which includes but is not limited to, a Clear Mission Statement, a Progressive Player Development Curriculum, a Continuous Coach Development Program and a Constant Parent Education Program.
In the club soccer circles today, an over emphasis is being placed on winning. In sports, we are obsessed with the "outcome" rather than the "process". It seems that as long as we win, we are happy.
Many Clubs and coaches often coach game to game, trying to solve the problems from the last game that will produce a win in the next match. Quite often this translates into creative recruiting of players in order to find "winning" solutions.
There is a big difference between coaching to win and coaching to develop. A good coach is able to do both. I don't want to be caught in a contradiction here. Every team should "try to win". That is why the game is played. But this should not be the focus of any training session or player motivation. As the players get older, a careful balance between winning and development must be considered.
Development is a very long and endless process that must be undertaken patiently by both the adult (coach, parent and administrator) and the player. But we still evaluate coaches/clubs only on their win-loss record. What about enjoyment of the process, the journey, the experience and its ultimate influence on us as people, coaches, parents and athletes? What about evaluating coaches/clubs on the improvement, growth and development of their players? After all, we can't control the "outcome", but we can control the "process". Finally, we must work together in this "journey" and collectively let's spread the word to everyone about our "process" and our "success".