Probably the only place you went wrong there was not letting the coaches know your intention and working with them. When you are a youth coach, you get a jambalaya of players, and your ethical duty is to coach them all to the highest level they can attain, so what ends up happening is that, unfortunately, the stronger players do get dragged down a bit. The flip side is, some kids don't start "getting it" till years down the road. Often times the kids that were standouts before maturing (say, 12) fall back, and the weaker players all of a sudden step up...if they had stuck w/ the program. My daughter was one of those kids....definitely a weaker player until U13, but her last 4 years jumped forward to be a very strong player in her age group.Who cares. Sign your kid up and play some footie. Thats what its about. It shouldnt cost arm and leg to play this game. Too many clubs charge way too much. Most of the coaches suck anyway at the younger level and are too sensitive. When I coached my daughter team (u8,u9) I invited some of the strongest players from other teams within the club to meet up and play together. Just for fun. Coaches got mad. I was like let them play, its free, good competition, good training. Who cares what club or team it is!?!? I like free registration but too bad majority of people think you have to pay big money to succeed when its actually opposite.
Covid is making me squirrelly so maybe providing some drama out here in the open forums will spice things up in my life...
So there is a new group / club supposedly starting up in Surrey called Cloverdale United. No website yet but they are supposedly already taking registrations and they are leading off with free registrations for younger group ages.
Who in their right mind would sign there kids up for this with no idea who is coaching, nevermind who runs this outfit?
So poking around behind the curtains the last couple of days after seeing something on twatter, seems like we are in for some fun along the lines what we've seen in Surrey Newton the last decade or so.
Fun times ahead 100%.
Anyone else hear any rumours or know some concrete details?
Nice to see you back here, @Reccos ! So, Richy is someone I grew up with. He and I were at Coquitlam Olympus together. I don't mind saying I was one of those kids from low income, and I think Rich was too. Our backyards joined at the fence, and let's just say the fence was pretty shitty. John Retalick @ Olympus grabbed the best players from Coquitlam that weren't already signed to Metro-Ford, and I know for certain my mum didn't have to come up with fees at least once if not a couple of years. John had 6 kits for us, including summer kits (2 colors), Winter (2 colors), training kits (2 colors), and a kit bag. We were expected to have 2 training tops to every session, and all kits in the bag for matches. John also made damn sure we were invited out to play in front of Willy Azzie every spring and through summer. He didn't try and hang onto players, he pushed us up. Thinking of that squad, there were about 4/5 of us that were pushed onto Metro-Ford and would play all summer w/ the squad. Azzie would cut along the way. Rich stuck and of course had a great career at SFU. Not sure where he is these days- ran into him a few times in Men's. I broke my leg badly in grade 10, and my youth career ended there. John was the reason I chose footy over baseball at the time, and I know for sure had it not been for him and a long line of coaches before him that were looking out for poor kids, I wouldn't have been playing at all.I think back to the days of coaching our two boys in soccer and baseball in East Burnaby where many of our best athletes weren't from well off families or for some of the ethnic kids - or parents who never came to games ever and if they'd be in sports given what some pay today.
Jim Easton, Sr who I assisted for his two years as SFU JV soccer mens coach used to say to me constantly "the cream will always rise to the top" no matter where they play. We had high students from his school contacts - Rich Sumner and Mark Slater - and those two plus 4 others became starters with the Varsity side so I think he knows a bit about soccer.
Robino's story is not uncommon it seems.
Wow, exactly what I went through at Surrey United! It was frustrating. What I ended up doing in my squad was seeking donation money from the business owners on the team to sponsor the squad, and I put that money into private sessions, in many cases coaches from outside academy, as I found the academy coaches lacking. Had I not had a couple of well of business owners, I would have paid for it myself. I was not going to ask each parent for an extra $100 for private sessions. I found these really good. I'm not a professional coach. Certainly, better than most coaches, but for the most parts I found that guys who'd been around the game on a professional level- either playing, coaching, or both- always offered something I couldn't, and it made me better.To add, most of the TDs and Tcoaches make lots of money. When my kids were younger I said to the TD get kids who are engaged and have a session with them once in a while. He said no, we are a house club. They make 80,000 plus. I am always seeing them observe, observe and observe. For the amount of money they are paid and the hours they work 5pm -9pm. all the extra academies, training offerings and so for should be FREE and tun by the TDs