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Pre-Planning Prevents Poor Post-Pandemic COACHING …

Desiderate –Max Ehrman, Circa 1920   [My Wish For Post Pandemic Coaching] –Koach Karl Circa 2020

Go placidly amid the noise and haste…; [of soccer games] and remember what peace there may be in silence.  [Observe & Take Notes].

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. [Referees, Opposing coaches, Players, and Parents.]

Speak your truth quietly and clearly…; [Before the game, during half-time, and after the game] and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.   [Listen today, whatever you do; or, they won’t be there in the future to listen to you.]

Avoid loud and aggressive persons…; [Surely you know why?] they are vexations to the spirit—[They will annoy and irritate you, and that is guaranteed].

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.  [No detailed comment is necessary because you are different from everyone else, which makes you unique].

Enjoy your achievement …  [You have been named ‘Coach’] As well as your plans … [To take your players to the next level using the FUNdamental SOCCER Practice.] 

Keep interested in your own career. [Family and work obligations do not cease just because you are now a coach!]   

Many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. [A coach who cares and takes the time to make each player a part of the team will always be a hero.] 

Be yourself.  [You may not be able to control what is or may happen.  But you can control how you will respond! Know in your heart that you can do the job you’ve set out to do.]

Especially, do not feign affection. [Be fair but firm with all players and treat them with respect.  Teach them about commitment, honesty, caring, mutual respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, etc.]

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. [Discipline your mind to focus only on what is being taught and ignore all other mistakes during practice; Avoid causing Paralyses through Analysis.]

But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  [Do not expect to see in a game anything that was not accomplished in practice]

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  [Fatigue can cause the technique to deteriorate, and selfish play can destroy teamwork]

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. [Focus on the theme of your practice and help only when necessary and only those who need help.]

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding exactly as it should.  [You are the best coach in the world that these players will have this coming season, and they are the best players in the world that you will have this upcoming season. If you happen to coach a winning team, this does not automatically make you a good coach.  Just as if you coach a team with a losing record won’t automatically make you a bad coach!]

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, [Wins, Losses, and Ties] 

It is still a beautiful world. [It is still a beautiful Game.]

Be Cheerful – Strive to be Happy. [A FUNtastic goal for you to set for the 2020 season and beyond]!

[And never forget that… “The outcome of our children is infinitely more important than… The outcome of any game they will ever play!” Koach Karl

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