Traditions are great for making, preserving and celebrating memories. Some soccer traditions are that we may chant and sing songs. We may only wear our team colors, have odd quirks that we feel we must do before each game or that if we don’t do a particular thing it might jinx our team.
Staying connected as a family
The next round of youth soccer season is also gearing up. That means busy families are only getting busier and the mad rush from school to sports will continue through January.
Staying connected as a family during these times can be challenging. Finding small ways to make time count can be tough.
Start a new sports tradition
My big challenge this upcoming year is to also start a new sports tradition for the athletes. Why? For one, I really want the players to really feel more a part of GFT, which in life is what people want – to belong.
They want to be a part of something that is a challenge but is also a family in the sense that we all believe and support each other.
In my opinion there is nothing better than to have a camp or a group where there is a new player and the older GFT players really make them feel welcome and tell them “good job” on a drill or “nice try!”
Gratitude & GFT
After going to Guatemala and talking to the people there and the leaders of our group and just trying to learn on my own from the experience is I found that people need people and when an extra person believes in you or smiles with you it feels good.
When our soccer players are done playing soccer, whether it be in high school or after college, we want them to look back and say that soccer was good to them and GFT was good to them.
GFT always showed up with positive vibes and really wanted the players to improve and have fun playing the game we all love.
Any ideas for what the tradition should be? Maybe a GFT shirt day for school or a soccer golf day for all the athletes.
Post your ideas to Facebook and let me know what you think would make a great new soccer sports tradition.
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