Last Weekend of Soccer Coaching

This weekend will mark the end to my fourth season of soccer coaching for CYSA. No, not four years…four seasons. My first run at coaching was just last year in the spring of 2011. SInce then I coached my youngest son and his band of misfit athletes in Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2011, and now Spring of 2012. I also just recently coached my oldest son’s U12 team this spring. Soccer is a sport that does not end. The only real break you get is two months between spring and fall. All the other seasons overlap each other.

Head coaching two teams at once wears you down. There is no rest, no spare time, no time to prep, no time to let the past week of practices soak in. I will not put myself through that ringer again. Since I started off with my youngest son, I’m going to stick with those kids and get them ready for a hell of a high school career. The raw talent in these little kids is amazing. I am hoping to close out our season tomorrow with another win which will put us at undefeated with an impressive 8-0 record. Our last game is against our second CYSA U7 team that I co-coach with my friend Coach Jason. (We are dedicated to this group of boys and girls.) More than half of those games were clean sheets and a 5+ goal margin. Every kid on my roster this season scored a goal. I have 3 kids that are still to young to play on my team but they played up and are some of the better players. Including one 6 year old girl who is in 4th place as top scorer and recently tried out for our U9 girls travel team and I was told she was one of the best players that tried out. Luckily her parents already confirmed she is sticking with our group of kids between Coach Jason and myself.

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Goals or Resolutions for 2012

A new year is upon us and who knows it could be the last according to the Mayans. So, on the positive side of that doom and gloom, we only have to make a list of new year resolutions one more time. I hate calling them resolutions. I’m not trying to resolve some behavior or attitude. I want to accomplish something, yes. It makes it sound so much better than a resolution. A resolution makes it sound like I am an overweight, racist, cold hearty, unhealthy schmuck and I need to resolve or abolish an attitude to either stay alive, keep my marriage, or regain state custody over my kids.

So enough with that. This is what I want to get done this year. (We won’t discuss my progress from last year because I barely did a damn thing on that list. I’m going to keep track of my resolutions via a great app called Wunderlist.

-Stay well under 200lbs. [Optional goal is 180lbs.] (This has been my goal for the last couple of years and been successful.)
-Complete 2 certifications for work.
-Play more disc golf.
-Disc golf in 2 new states. (I try for one new state a year but I missed 2011.)
-Go fishing with the kids more.
-Take the kids camping.
-Get all the rooms on the first floor painted.
-Insulate 2 of the 3 crawlspaces.
-Replace the ceiling fan.
-Replace the garbage disposal.
-Replace all electrical outlets and light switches.
-Expand the garden and hook up a rain barrel system.
-Build a compost pile.
-Decommission one of my servers.
-Write 12 blog posts to this blog or any reincarnated form. (Actually 11 if you count this one.)
-Hook up a surround sound system in family room.
-Earn Xbox Gamerscore of 13500.
-Read 10 books.
-Learn a new geeky/nerdish trait or skill.

I keep making this list longer and longer. I should probably stop now or my end of the world will really be depressing since I might not complete most of these when the world implodes next December.

Goals or Resolutions for 2011

It’s that time to throw out what I plan on doing this year. Some are either carry overs from last year and some are on going goals for every year.

Roll overs from last year:
-Get all the rooms on the first floor painted.
-Stay well under 200lbs. (Optional goal is 180lbs.)
-Complete 1 certifications for work.
-Place 1st in a disc golf event.
-Disc golf in a new state. (Likely candidates this year is Massachusetts, Maryland, or Virginia.)

New ones:
-Ride bike more. Not for exercise but more for pleasure.
-Start saving for a Disney trip.
-Go fishing with the kids more.
-Use all my vacation days wisely.
-Insulate 2 of the 3 crawlspaces.
-Replace the ceiling fan.
-Replace the kitchen sink.
-Mount TV on wall and purchase surround sound.
-Decommission one of my servers.
-Pay off student loans and computer.
-Earn Xbox Gamerscore of 10000.