Welcome to the Spring 2018 soccer season. We are excited to get started and have our players on the pitch. I would like to thank all of our volunteers for getting us ready for the Spring season. For those unaware, Copper Mountain Soccer is a non-profit organization run by volunteers from the coaches to the President. Most all of us have families and full-time jobs but volunteer our “spare” time to make sure your child has an opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport. That being said, I would ask for your patience and understanding as we do our best to accomplish this task. The vast majority of our parents are great and supportive. Unfortunately, there are some that for whatever reason feel they need to criticize those volunteering to help their children. It is difficult to retain volunteers when they are harassed or insulted by frustrated individuals. We have fantastic volunteers but unfortunately they are human ever since the robot experiment failed horribly. As a former regulator, I can say that kind words and appreciation tend to get better and faster results (that, and lower fines).
For those that know me, I can tend to be a competitive person. One of the reasons I started coaching is because I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut on the sidelines. I understand the emotions involved during soccer and love the passion our parents and players bring to the games. However, I would ask that all parents, grandparents, step-parents, distant cousins and even that one weird uncle, contain any negative comments until after the game when they are alone in their car and can yell to their heart’s content. We employ youth referees that are doing their best but will make mistakes here and there. We have volunteer coaches that range from the helpful parents to licensed competition coaches. And we have the heart of our Club, the smiling players out there doing their best on the pitch and following the example of those around them. We want everyone to have an enjoyable experience and love the game of soccer.
Thank you to all of the volunteers that have stepped up to coach this season. Some of these volunteers have taken multiple teams and some don’t have their own children on the team. Some of my fondest memories are of coaching my kids in soccer. I would encourage any parent that has an interest in coaching to reach out to their age group coordinator. It doesn’t matter if you have played soccer before. There are training opportunities available and resources we will provide. It just takes a willingness to serve and help others.
Please remember that at the end of the day, we are a recreational soccer club run by local volunteers spending time away from our families to help your child. I hope everyone has a fantastic Spring season and remembers why we do what we do.
Ted H. Sonnenburg
Copper Mountain Rec Soccer