Just a reminder the Krispy Kreme is/was a mandatory fundraiser. For every card out of the 4 you did not sell, you owe the program $10. So if you sold 2 cards, you still owe the program $20. These are simply done to offset dues. We could have just tacked on another $75-100 to dues instead of trying to help everyone's pocket books. My budget is tight every year because I do not over fund-raise. I do just enough to get us through a season.
The fundraisers were announced a long time ago, they weren't a surprise.
Coach Baker, McGee, Miller or I will find you and give you a slip with what is owed.
Thanks and everyone have a safe and happy Halloween!
Sipsey Soccer this week...
Monday - Thursday: workouts with Coach Miller and I.
You need to be pushing your Krispy Kreme cards (please try to sell more than the minimum!) and the popcorn if you want to head to Oxford for only the cost of meals (need to sell $100, we get 50% of profits so your $50 is right there).
UNIFORM SHEETS ARE DUE TUESDAY. WE WILL ORDER IF YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN US ONE (Miller, McGee, Baker or Shumae) by 3:00 PM Tuesday. Money can be in a lump sum or installments until February. Please just contact me.
** YOU NEED A RIDE HOME EVERY SINGLE DAY **
Also, as we get closer and closer to Baby Shumate please remember:
Money, and when in doubt, forms go to Coach Baker. She is running our books this year.
It's going to be a great week and we can't wait to see everyone! Go Bears!
With holidays and some birthdays coming up, remember each athlete is required to provide the following items on their own:
Ball - size 5 - we will not carry those for you
Shin guards (also sleeves are heavily suggested)
Something to carry everything in, like a backpack.
We provide everything else.
As you know, Coach McGee and I have been busy with fall sports. However, we have been hearing reports from Coach Miller and Coach Ryan concerning the lack of attendance for workouts and keeper training.
Let’s first address the attendance issue. Everyone on these teams should have read the handbook, thus meaning you have five absences. At this point your head coach with the help of his assistants can decide your discipline. This can vary from running to being kicked off the team. IT DOES NOT MATTER YOUR SKILLSET. Your inability to communicate with the four coaches you have on staff is unacceptable. It’s lazy or you are scared to talk with your coaches. Both are terrible excuses. I watched the amount of athletes with Coach Miller on Thursday and one of the two varsity teams had an impressively low 6-8 players. If you do not want to play for Sipsey Valley Soccer, then please find a coach and we’ll let you go. You are not bound to this sport, but we expect you to be there if you have decided to be on the team. This is the first time in 5 years I have seen attendance this low since I took over the program. It needs to stop.
Next, keeper training is on Saturday or Sundays. ONCE AGAIN, if you cannot make it you have FOUR coaches to contact. There are (currently) only FIVE of you. This should not be difficult. Coach Ryan runs this portion of the training and he works 55-60 hours a week on top of VOLUNTEERING to do this two-hour session. He also spends many hours preparing for it. Don’t want to be a keeper? Fine. Tell us. There is a long line of people who would like to do it behind you. You will be missed, but very much replaceable. Two out of five told us they would not be there. Travel is not an excuse as Coach Ryan has kindly offered to get keepers to and from Saturday practices. You are the most specialized position on the field, if this is not humbling, this is not for you.
If you can’t do this, don’t want to do this or just don’t have the ability to be part of these soccer teams please let us know. We have the potential to see the best two varsity teams we have seen in several years. If you would prefer to not be part of that – just find one of your coaches.
This is your final and only warning. Attendance will be taken starting Wednesday. I am tired (already) of hearing of a lack of people showing up. It is too early to be lazy. Stop treating this like a little league team where everyone gets a trophy and start acting like you’re playing a varsity sport. I hope you all decide to stay and push yourselves, but if you do not, please find a coach. All replies on this message will be ignored. You need to contact a coach, face to face, if you feel it is time for you to leave.
Just to get on top of this: Coaches will wait 15 minutes after practice ends for you to pick up your child. After this, I will contact the administration. You know the hours – please get there or find someone who can.
For those who prefer to read and communicate in Spanish, here is my sad Google Translate version:
Como saben, el entrenador McGee y yo hemos estado ocupados con los deportes de otoño. Sin embargo, he escuchado informes del entrenador Miller y del entrenador Ryan sobre la falta de asistencia para los entrenamientos y la capacitación de los cuidadores.
Primero abordemos el problema de asistencia. Todos en estos equipos deberían haber leído el manual, lo que significa que tiene cinco ausencias. En este punto, su entrenador en jefe, con la ayuda de sus asistentes, puede decidir su disciplina. Esto puede variar de correr a ser expulsado del equipo. NO IMPORTA SU HABILIDAD. Su incapacidad para comunicarse con los cuatro entrenadores que tiene en el personal es inaceptable. Es perezoso o tienes miedo de hablar con tus entrenadores. Ambas son características terribles. Observé la cantidad de atletas con el entrenador Miller el jueves y uno de los dos equipos del equipo universitario tuvo una impresionante baja de 6-8 jugadores. Si no quieres jugar en Sipsey Valley Soccer, busca un entrenador y te dejaremos ir. No estás obligado a esto, pero esperamos que estés allí si has decidido formar parte del equipo. Esta es la primera vez en 5 años que veo una asistencia tan baja desde que asumí el control del programa. Para.
A continuación, la formación del portero es los sábados o domingos. UNA VEZ MÁS, si no puede hacerlo, tiene CUATRO entrenadores para contactar. Hay (actualmente) sólo cinco de ustedes. Esto no debería ser difícil. El entrenador Ryan dirige esta parte de la capacitación y trabaja de 55 a 60 horas a la semana además de VOLUNTARIADO para realizar esta sesión de dos horas. También pasa muchas horas preparándose para ello. ¿No quieres ser un arquero? Multa. Dinos. Hay una larga lista de personas que quisieran hacerlo detrás de usted. Serás extrañado, pero muy reemplazable. Dos de cada cinco nos dijeron que no estarían allí. El viaje no es una excusa, ya que el entrenador Ryan se ofreció amablemente a los encargados de las prácticas del sábado. Eres la posición más especializada en el campo, si esto no te humilla, no es para ti.
Si no puedes hacer esto, no quieres hacer esto o simplemente no tienes la capacidad de ser parte de estos equipos de fútbol, por favor avísanos. Tenemos el potencial de ver los dos mejores equipos universitarios que hemos visto en varios años. Si prefiere no ser parte de eso, simplemente busque uno de sus entrenadores.
Esta es su última y única advertencia. La asistencia se tomará a partir del miércoles. Estoy cansado (ya) de escuchar de la falta de personas que aparecen. Es demasiado temprano para ser perezoso. Deja de tratar esto como un pequeño equipo de ligas donde todos obtienen un trofeo y comienza a actuar como si estuvieras jugando un deporte universitario.
Espero que todos decidan quedarse y empujarse, pero si no lo hacen, por favor encuentren un entrenador. Todas las respuestas en esta publicación serán ignoradas. Debe ponerse en contacto con un entrenador, cara a cara, si cree que es hora de irse.
Fundraisers we plan to start Wednesday:
Krispy Kreme BOGO Cards (need to sell 4) - Mandatory
Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser - Optional, but will offset costs of the tournament. This is a rough estimate, but it more than likely be about $50 per person. If you do not want to do this fundraiser that is fine, but before a player will be able to go, they will have to pay the exact costs once it is figured out over the weekend. I need to find a hotel that will take a check from a school.
As students get older, I know they start using social media on a very regular basis. Social media can be an incredible tool. Potential college coaches may reach out to you on it and any current coaches also follow your social media.
Some of you may not know but I spent 5 years managing social media for companies and local radio stations. As a result, I do occasionally check everyone’s social media. I don’t check it because I care about a cool flower you just took a picture of or that you’re enjoying a Big Mac (GROSS), but I do watch for any bad-mouthing of coaches, the school and most importantly fellow players in the program.
Negativity radiates on social media faster than anything positive. It’s just like the local news. Think about the stories … how many are positive? Most people only remember the negative. Negative sticks with you. Thankfully, I know many people are trying to lead a positive life and ignore negative people.
I strongly suggest student-athletes do not post negative things on social media, especially about people and the school that supports you. How do you think this looks to colleges when they recruit you? Colleges are screening social media as you apply – businesses have been doing this for years. If you preach being positive around some people and then spew hate behind a screen – it’s all the same nowadays.
I have already seen it this summer and I definitely saw it last year. This makes me sad and does not reflect well upon those who authored the post or was in favor of it.
I encourage people to share this with their athletes or young children. Negative posts can always be found and will likely be seen by those you speak ill of. If you need to talk to a person – talk to them. Remember, nothing in social media ever disappears. Make sure you are AWESOME on it and attract those who act the same.
Your parents should always know what sites you are on and your account handles. If you don’t want to be friends with them or have them follow you, I encourage you to use a password for all of your social media accounts so they can check it.
Y’all have a great time off! If you are traveling – be safe. See everyone in a week plus few days!
Personally, I am signing off social media for a few days. I’d suggest you all do the same! It’s nice to see the world through something other than a phone. If anyone needs me until the Friday before we start practice please use my Google number (text), email or Remind.
The guy who has been here since day one!
Good morning everyone!
This is a very important update regarding the soccer banquet. Due to a system-wide policy, we are only allowed to pay for meals for the players and coaches out of the soccer account. The previous bookkeeper, Mrs. Jones, never communicated this policy to us for previous banquets. Football, basketball, and several other sports charge parents to attend banquets. Unfortunately, we will also have to charge parents and siblings to attend the soccer banquet at The Levee on Thursday, May 10th. The price is $16.50 per person to cover the buffet, salad and desserts.
If you DO NOT plan to attend the banquet any longer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 256-441-6654 by this Friday, May 4th.
If you DO still plan to attend the banquet, you must pay $16.50 per person no later than Tuesday, May 8th. You can pay with cash or check (written to Sipsey Soccer). Please turn money in to your coach - Shumate, McGee or Baker.
If you have any questions concerning the policy, please contact Mr. Alvarez or Danny Higdon, the Chief Financial Officer for the Tuscaloosa County School Board.
Tuscaloosa Soccer: Sipsey Valley High SChool to Travel to Briarwood Christian School for First round of AHSAA Playoffs
Reminders for everyone:
You will need to leave class tomorrow at 1:30, dress out in your black uniforms and be on the bus no later than 2:00. You should have already done this, but be hydrating. Be sure to be eating healthy foods. Be sure to keep that positive attitude we've worked so hard on!
The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) sets the prices for tickets for the playoffs. For soccer playoffs the ticket price is $6 per person.
Thanks and to all parents driving to Briarwood Christian School the address is:
Lions Pride Stadium, 6255 Cahaba Valley Road (AL 119), Birmingham, AL 35242 - on their new turf field.
Game time: 5:00 PM
GV Schedule for the week:
Monday: Practice till 5
Tuesday: Game at 5:30, be there by 4:15 in whites.
Wednesday: Practice till 5
Thursday: Practice till 5
Friday: Girls get out of class at 1:30 and are on the bus no later than 2:00 in your blacks. If you can't make it you have to tell Coach Miller or me. We have to create a game plan based on who can or can't make it. You'll be playing on a 5-7 million dollar turf field so we want to get there a little early to allow for all athletes to adjust to it.
Sipsey valley soccer coaching team