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It's Not About You

By Joe Ulm

It’s Not About You

If you’re not a player, it’s not about you. It’s not about you when your son or daughter scores a hat trick or when they save the penalty kick to win the game.  It’s not about you if you coach your team to an undefeated season, or if the team you coach hoists the President’s Cup. It’s not about you if you’ve donated 400 hours of your time to the team or if you played college soccer. It’s not about you if you’re a board member, club leader, or club administrator.  Simply put, if you’re not a player, it’s not about you.  Not here. 

This is a perspective I believe does us all well because when we take our focus off the kids, it becomes about us in a way (no matter how small) and that takes a piece of the magic away from them. When it’s about us, we insert ourselves into our kids’ experience and their effort becomes our reward, or worse, their failures, our disappointment. When it’s about us, we attain greater status from their achievements and their triumphs become our own. When it’s about us, we forgo some of the magic we could experience or share generously with others.

As coaches, parents, and club leaders, we are able to create our own magic in so many places; at work, at home, with friends, through our hobbies, and more. Why in the world would we want to take even the smallest piece of their sports experience from our kids?

Stay United, everyone.

street soccer

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!

Details

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

Rules

  • 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