All after school activities have been cancelled for tomorrow (Monday 3/19). Varsity: Please be dressed in your whites on Tuesday for Brookwood.
This coming week's schedule...
Monday - Practice will either be in the gym or on the field. No matter the location - it is REQUIRED if you want to play on Tuesday. Please bring cleats and tennis shoes. Practice will be 3:15 - 5:30
Tuesday - We host Brookwood - Do NOT leave school. You need to be on the field by 3:30, kick is at 4:30. Wear your whites.
Wednesday - Same as Monday. We we will hopefully just find dry spots, but in order to play on Thursday AND Friday you must attend practice. Bring cleats and tennis shoes. Practice will be 3:15 - 5:00 (this could be pushed back to 5:30 depending on how people play and listen to the coaches on Tuesday).
Thursday - We host Holt. Be on the field, in your whites, by 4:00 PM.
Friday - We host Montevallo - time for redemption! Be on the field by 4:30 in your whites. WE NEED BALL RUNNERS! Can be anyone, just please be there by 5:00 and let me know who can do it.
Saturday practice: TBD
Thanks and here we go...again!
McAdory has canceled the varsity games for Tuesday citing injuries. I couldn't blame him, we're in a similar boat.
Schedule this week:
Monday - Practice 3:15 - 5:30
Tuesday - Practice 3:15 - 5:30
Wednesday - Off
Thursday! Tournament kicks off.
Thursday - Be on the field by 3:00. You will be released from class at 2:30. We are the away team for this game. Please wear your blacks. We play County
Friday - Be in the stadium by 1:00. Leave class, respectfully, at 12:45. Be dressed out by 1:20. Your are the away team again, so please wear your blacks. We play Walker.
Saturday - Be at the stadium AND dressed out by 8:00. We are home, wear your whites. We play Mars Hill.
How the rest of Saturday goes is determined by how all teams play, so please be watching Remind messages and Facebook.
Thanks and happy tournament week!
Schedule for this coming week:
Mon - 3:15 - 5:00. We will begin in my room and discuss good things we did this weekend and the parts we need to improve upon. Please be dressed out prior to coming to my room, do not have on your cleats.
Tues- Travel to Brookwood. You will be released from class at 2:00 and be expected on the bus by 2:30. Bus location will be determined by Coach McGee. One of us will pass that info along Tuesday.
Weds - Practice 3:15 - 5:00
Thurs - Practice 3:15 - 5:00
Fri - Travel to Montevallo. You will be leaving class at 2:30 and expected on the bus by 2:50. Bring a little money for food afterwards.
I will send a Remind and post on Facebook when we have left the town of Montevallo so parents know when to be in the parking lot waiting for their kids.
Sat - Off to let you and the field rest
This week DO NOT STEP ON THE PLAYING SURFACE UNLESS DIRECTED BY A COACH. We need to take advantage of this week of away games and hopefully the field will look a little better if we stay off it. This week is mainly small sided drills for all teams because everyone is needing the same type of work.
GAME WEEK HAS ARRIVED! It's like Christmas...but wet and oddly warm.
Monday - 3:15- 5:30
Tuesday - 3:15 - 5:30
Wednesday - 3:15 - 4:15 <-- Short but important
Thursday - Home game at 5, be there no later than 4. You may stay after school.
Friday - JV home game at 5
Saturday - Holt tournament (all day) - Schedule to be posted by tomorrow afternoon. We are all planning on going out to eat afterwards - just bring a few bucks and enjoy being around friends! Parents and all are invited as long as nobody causes an issue where a child must leave.
Thanks and get pumped! Let's do this thing.
I know some are stressed...but things are finally clicking the right way. It's really not the player's responsibility to see it. It's mine and I see it. Y'all should know me well enough by now that if I don't like something - I say it.
NOW with that out of the way - tomorrow is going to be impossible to get on the field. So! I'm bringing you girls snacks (bring your own drink) and we're going to watch a movie in my room. Do a little team bonding.
Y'all can either bring a movie or we can try to buy one on iTunes. Feel free to make that decision as a team.
I'm proud of how you've started to turn things around since our conversation yesterday.
Remember to hold on to that "why" and keep using it as your drive. Should be back on the field Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
No need to dress out, practice will be in my room and still end at 5:30. Pick-up will be in front of the middle school.
Just so everyone has a head's up: we have a mandatory meeting on Monday at the beginning of practice in my room. You will dress out and be expected to be in my room no later than 3:15. If you are late, you will run. I do not foresee any legitimate excuse to miss this meeting.
Practice from now on begins at 3:15 on the weekdays.
The following was posted in JV, but also does pertain to some varsity players. Please read and understand the same will happen to you, the player, if you do not bring the mandatory equipment I have been reminding everyone about for weeks.
Prior to everyone reading this, I want thank all parents and athletes who have a ball and bring it to practice.
Now I'd like to remind all athletes bringing a ball is mandatory. It is non-negotiable. This week JV has had some players bring a ball every practice, and I thank you for that. However, a majority are not.
You are taking balls away from either the varsity team. Today it was the boys varsity team. This is not acceptable. We plan, and this takes us time, for everyone to have a ball. When we are attempting to create drills for any of our three teams, if one team does not have enough soccer balls to compliment the drill, those who did not bring a ball are literally hurting the teams you must take balls from.
So, from here on out if you do not bring a ball you will be asked to sit out - by me. I have told everyone and given plenty of time for people to get a ball. They range from $10 and up. These are affordable. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure their child is equipped to practice and play. It is the responsibility of the athlete to be sure they bring what is mandatory.
Please keep in mind if you do not have a medical condition and must sit out Coach Baker is free to count that as not attending practice. This can count towards the absence policy. Sooner than later, she will then have the right (as stated in the info/guidelines/rules packet you all signed agreeing to it) to sit the player for games.
This will be crossposted to all teams and sent on Remind in some form.
Start taking your mandatory items seriously. These are necessary for a successful day of practice.
I will be honest, when I have players complaining to me that they did not have have enough soccer balls to successfully complete drills I pre-planned (which I take hours to do) - it made me severely unhappy. Not with the players complaining, but knowing they did not receive the full amount of touches on a ball they should receive. Especially since those complaining are bringing their mandatory equipment.
Step up. Thanks and remember there is an open practice with Coach Ryan McMunn tomorrow from 12:00 - 2:00.
Equipment issues need to be handled by Monday or please let Coach Baker know you need to take an unexcused absence. This is non-negotiable. Ball size is 5.
1) Bring back the form inside
2a) If the item is defective bring it as well.
2b) If the item is missing highlight the missing item on the form
Program wide announcement as we close in on being able to use a ball.
Every athlete needs the following items:
Cleats - Academy will have a smaller, but less expensive selection. Dicks will have a larger but slightly more expensive selection. THESE NEED TO BE WORN PRIOR TO THE FIRST PRACTICE. I am not talking about walking around your parents' home and scuffing up the floors. Go outside and walk around. Coach Miller suggested, and I think this is a great idea, wearing them in the shower and allowing them to dry. They will fit your feet.
Cleats will start to smell. If your parents are okay with it, put them in the freezer once or twice a week. It will kill a lot of the bacteria causing the smell (works for keeper gloves, jerseys that still smell after a wash and anything you sweat in while wearing).
Size 5 ball - Coaches are not toting around balls all the time. It is the responsibility of the athlete to get a ball and bring it to practice and games. You may not always be using your ball, but if we have 54 athletes on the field we should have access to 54 balls. Once again - same local places are best for purchasing.
The correct clothing. It will be cold and most of the time wet. For the new parents and players - we do not cancel most of the time. We play and practice in the pouring rain and will wait out thunderstorms. I understand this is different than most spring sports.
Water is your friend. Drink it. Start drinking now to prepare for Tuesday.
Epsom salts are your good buddy as well. Get some. There is nothing more relaxing, especially during the cold months, than an Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes to relax your muscles. When we get into the hot months we will discuss how to correctly execute an ice bath (there is a good way and a very bad way).
You are now working out/practicing exclusively with your teams. Become friendly with each other. I know all of your names, learn your 15-22.
Match nets and new coolers: $530.
Sipsey valley soccer coaching team