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The Three C's
Firstly, we maintain constant communication with every member of the league. Since not all of our team parents have access to a computer or email, we use texting to communicate with them. The day before every game or event, we send our mass texts reminding families when and where they need to arrive. This drastically increases our attendance rates, and also allows parents to respond immediately if they have any concerns or questions.
Communication is also imperative at practice. Not only do our coaches converse with their players to ensure they are happy, but we also maintain relationships with all of our team parents. Parents have come to us to ask where they can acquire tutoring for their child with a speech impediment, and they have come to us baring thank you cookies for our coaches. We are always open to connecting with them, and thus have very strong relationships with our team families.
Our second step to success has been the mindset with which we have led the Trojan Youth Soccer League. As previously mentioned, we do not consider ourselves a charity. We are a community program in which each member of the community plays an essential part and without our diverse members, we would not function.
And this mindset leads us into our third element of success, compassion. Our empathy and understanding is critical in running our program. We must be aware that our team families and players are coming from a much different background than we are. They presence is to be appreciated, as many parents are working several jobs and likely have other life stressors. Whenever they can come to practice and show their support, we are grateful.
The Professional Side
So why are these students willing to coach, for free? How do we find players? We make it easy for them to coach through providing them with training, a positive organizational atmosphere, and curriculums and players already in place. With all this in place, you still ask - why do they coach? Because they find it fulfilling. Here are some quotes from our coaches:
"There is nothing like having a kid come up to you after practice and say, "you made my bad day a good day". That's when you know you have done your job, not just as a soccer coach, but as a mentor and role model." - Giovanni
"My favorite part of the week is when I get to play soccer with you and Chris" - player Christian to his coaches