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Team Placements are not Grades

It’s tryout season. You send your player out to the field with a number pinned to their shirt. You’ve prepared them well. They ate a good breakfast, got lots of rest, and arrived with all their gear. Tryouts come and go and your player has not made

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The Blank Page

Have you ever sat down to write a paper, or work on a project and spent some time staring at the blank page or screen? That blank page can be intimidating. It can be challenging. It can cause us to dream of all it could be, and instill fear of what we

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"Grittin" After it

After every game and practice in the month of May, coach Eric picks out a specific player who displayed exceptional grit. “In the huddle at the end of our second game at the Cherry Capital Cup, the players told me who the grit player of the game

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Self-Control: Ballin Character Award for the #09Crenzy

Earlier this Spring, Coach Derek brought a #09Crenzy (a combination of players from 09 Craze and Frenzy teams) team to compete in a tournament.  Through a surprisingly successful series of games, the team advanced to the finals on Sunday.  The ga

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Defining ourselves. #07Craze

Back in February, our #07Craze girls participated in a competitive futsal tournament. The team played well over the weekend, winning all of their games convincingly. Since the start of the tournament, the girls couldn’t stop talking about wanting to

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Responsibility and Respect...let's "flush" these words out

After a fustal training last week, coach Cam huddled up with a group of 6-7 year olds. "What's the core value of the month?" "Responsibility!" They resounded. Cam then asked how they live it out. A bold six year old replied loudly, "I flu

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Genuine Gratitude

Coach, thank you so much,” said Francois as he extended his hand for a firm handshake from coach Derek. “He does it every time I pick him up and drop him off for futsal,” said Derek. Francois is a 12 year old refugee from Rwanda who expresses gra

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"Passing it on" this Thanksgiving

    The past couple of weeks at practice, I've been asking groups of players how they show gratitude. It starts with the question, "What are you thankful for?" Once they give me an answer, I then ask them how they express/show grati

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Ballin Integrity: #09Fever

  Sometimes crazy stuff happens in games. A couple of weeks ago, the '09 Fever faced a Midwest United team who had no substitutes. During the game, one of the Midwest players became ill and had to leave the game. Without hesitation, a

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InteGRADY

  If we were "gradying" him on "integrady", he'd get an A+. Grady has been playing on Coach Matt's '07 Drive team this season and found it difficult to cap and box his soccer bill during skill exercises in practice. Despite the hard

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