Welcome new and returning Hackers and parents! Congratulations for emerging triumphant from tryouts. For those whom I haven’t yet met personally, I’m Coach George. About me:
- Originally from England/English F.A. licensed
- Played semi-pro in Spain
- 12 years coaching experience at SVYSC
I want to share my coaching philosophy with you so we all start the season with clear expectations, as well as review the mission of SVYSC. Please discuss the important information below with your child.
Early is on time.
On time is late.
Discipline is strength.
If your child’s commitment to soccer corrupts family time at home, family time at home also corrupts your child’s commitment to soccer.
In the face of hard work there are no whiners.
ROLE OF PARENTS
Each year’s group of parents imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that will come after it. What can I do against the lunatic who thinks he is more intelligent than me, who gives my arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy? I can ban that parent from my field.
PLAYING TIME PHILOSOPHY
All players are equal, but some players are more equal than others (particularly those whose parents hire me to provide one-on-one training to their child on the side.)
She who controls the ball controls the game. She who controls the game controls the ball.
To survive on the field it is often necessary to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
If you want a picture of future victory, imagine a cleat stamping on a human face.
If coaching means anything at all, it means the right to tell children and their hyper-involved parents what they do not want to hear.
The choice for a coach lies between being liked and being a dictator, and for the good of the players, dictatorship is better.
The coaches who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their players than those who offer safety and a good time.
MISSION STATEMENT OF
SILICON VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER CLUB
The Club seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the development of players; we are interested solely in power, pure power. We are different from other youth soccer clubs in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resemble ours, are cowards and hypocrites. Santa Clara Revolution and Peninsula Premier come very close to us in their methods, but they don’t have the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretend, perhaps they even believe, that they have seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lies a paradise where their girls will just have fun playing off season rec basketball in the church league, where Madison may be excused from the Mustang Invitational to attend her grandmother’s 75th birthday party in Santa Barbara, or Katie C. is released from one practice a week during April and May to try a hip hop dance class at the Y, which should count as fitness training anyway. We are not like that. There is no off-season. There are no excuses. We know that no soccer club ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a soccer club in order to teach children the beautiful game; one teaches children the beautiful game in order to establish a soccer club. The object of the club is to create more youth soccer coaching jobs. The object of the club is to lure parents to open their wallets with the promise of college scholarships. The object of the club is power. Power lies in tearing young players to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing that makes them WINNERS.
Finally, in closing, do not imagine, parents, that coaching is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. I promise I shall do my level best.
Coach is watching you.