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Why Second Chances are Necessary

By Joe Ulm

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A situation occurred a few weeks ago that required me to make a decision whether to give someone a second chance or not. The situation was significant, and after a few days of gathering information, there was still no clear right answer. In the end, I granted the second chance, but through the process, I came away with a new perspective on second chances. Specifically, every second chance of significance is complicated.


I’ve got enough years under my belt to have spent plenty of time on both sides of the “second chance” equation. I’ve been grateful for the grace of a second chance when it’s been granted to me and I’ve tried to be generous when I’ve been asked to give the same. But those who gave me a second chance weren’t always right. Nor were they right every time they withheld it and that’s because of the four factors present in every second chance: belief, risk, change, and time. 


For example, if I’m the one asking for a second chance, I’m essentially asking someone to believe in me so much that it outweighs the risks of granting me the second chance. That’s a lot to ask! Even more, I’m asking them to believe I’m committed to changing my behavior for a long period of time. Because if I need a second chance, I’ll need to earn back trust/respect/goodwill/etc., and those are only earned over time.


Prior to the situation that occurred a few weeks ago, I had generally thought of second chances as good things, and to an extent, I still think they are. There are dangers to second chances too; dangers that deserve thoughtful consideration and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Within the context of that careful consideration, however, I believe a world of second chances is necessary.   


As I think back to all the times someone granted me a second chance, I realize it was much more than just a chance to redeem myself; it was what made me learn and grow. Their belief in me was a touch of grace that would allow me to better consider the risks I would be asked to take on someone else in the future. And that has value in any context.


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In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!


  • Fridays : April 15 through June 3
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex


  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) are required
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of players in the program for any reason
  • Signed waiver is required